Applying to the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP)
Teaching minors include biology, chemistry, computer science, dance, economics, English, English as a second language, history, integrated science, mathematics, modern languages (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish), physics, political science, social studies, and sociology.
Students interested in music education need to contact the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance to learn about content-specific course and sequence requirements.
After completing requirements for graduation in their major and minor teaching areas and preliminary professional education course work, students engage in a year-long internship in the public schools which includes both courses and field experiences, and fulfills requirements for certification.
Prospective applicants considering education beyond teacher certification should note that 8 credits of OU STEP professional coursework can be applied directly to a M.Ed. program offered by the Department of Teacher Development and Educational Studies. The conditions under which this is applicable, and additional information about the M.Ed. program, can be obtained by contacting the SEHS advising office. These credits may also be applied to Master’s programs in the content areas.
Both Oakland undergraduates and students who have completed undergraduate degrees from Oakland or other universities (second undergraduate degree candidates) may become eligible to enter the program. Both groups must fulfill all Oakland requirements for a baccalaureate degree, B.A., in an approved major (listed above) prior to beginning their internship year.
The program also requires 42 credits of professional education coursework. Program coursework includes courses which are taken prior to the start of the internship year, and which may be taken while students are completing their other degree requirements.
- Completion of SED300 with a minimum grade of 3.0. This course must be taken at least one semester prior to the semester of application to the program.
- Minimum GPAs of 3.0 in both liberal arts major and minor with no single course below a 2.0.
- A minimum overall GPA of 2.80.
- A minimum grade of 3.0 in Rhetoric 160 (or an equivalent course as determined by the rhetoric department or the OU records office.)
- Passing scores on each of the three Basic Skills Test components of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC).
- Completion of DLL 397 with a minimum grade of 3.0.
ENDORSEMENTSSocial Studies RX Endorsement
Integrated Science Endorsement
ESL Endorsement Program Plan
Modern Languages Minor Chinese Program Plan
Modern Languages Minor/French Program Plan
Modern Languages Major/German Program Plan
Modern Languages Minor/German Program Plan
Modern Languages Major/Japanese Program Plan
Modern Languages Minor/Japanese Program Plan
Modern Languages Major/Spanish Program Plan
Modern Languages Minor/Spanish Program Plan
STEP MAJORS AND MINORS
Biology Major Program Plan
Biology Minor Program Plan
Chemistry Major Program Plan
Chemistry Minor Program Plan
Computer Science Minor Program Plan
Dance Minor Program Plan
Economics Minor Program Plan
English Major Program Plan
English Minor Program Plan
History Major Program Plan
History Minor Program Plan
Mathematics Major Program Plan
Mathematics Minor Program Plan
Physics Major Program Plan
Physics Minor Program Plan
Political Science Minor Program Plan
Sociology Minor Program Plan
K-12 Art Professional Education Coursework Program Plan
K-12 Modern Language Professional Coursework Program Plan
Professional Coursework Program Plan
Download the application:
- _____ Completed OU STEP Application
- _____ Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Scores
- _____ Program Plans for Major(s), Minor(s)and Professional Education Coursework (download these for the appropriate major/minor), signed by the major and minor advisor.
- _____ Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Scores (for Modern Language only)
- _____ OFFICIAL Transcripts
- _____ Written Responses to Application Questions on work experiences, diversity, and preparing for internship.
- _____ Three Letters of Recommendation:
- one from a professor in your major
- one from a professor in your minor
- and one from an off-campus professional who knows your work in a responsible position
Factors considered in the applicant selection process include GPAs, written responses to a set of application questions, letters of recommendation, and field evaluations. Additional information or an interview may be requested to provide a more complete application profile. Second undergraduate degree applicants should note that admission to the K-12 Modern Language Teacher Education Program and to the university involve separate processes and should contact the undergraduate admissions office for information about admission to Oakland.
STEP is unique among teacher education programs in that both the School of Education and Human Services (SEHS) and the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) participate collaboratively in its governance and operation. Both of these units have a voice in the process of admissions.
You will submit your application to the SEHS where it will be checked for completeness. It will then be forwarded to your major department in the CAS along with the applications of others who have your teaching major. A sub-committee within each of these CAS departments will consider your application according to a number of criteria. Criteria that are considered include your academic work in your major and minor areas. Committees also consider academic work and field performance in SED300 or SED301. In addition, department committees will review your written responses to application questions and letters of recommendation. Other department-specific criteria may be applied.
When the CAS review is completed, the determination for acceptance is forwarded to the Director of School and Field Services in SEHS. Letters will be sent to the address you put on your application to inform you of the decision within a month of your application.
If you are accepted by CAS and SEHS, you need to respond letting us know whether or not you wish to become a STEP student. You will need to read the acceptance form, initial each page, sign the last page and return it to the Director of School and Field Services. You also need to return the form telling which orientation date you will attend.
INTERNSHIP AND CERTIFICATION
To progress into the internship year, students admitted to the program must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in their education coursework and in their major and minor coursework. In addition, no single education course grade may be below 2.8 and no major or minor course below 2.0. The program status of a student whose grades or GPA fall below these levels will be placed on hold until deficiencies are remedied.