Teacher Development and Educational Studies
Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
Phone: (248) 370-2613
Fax: (248) 370-2639

Program Requirements
Field Placement
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Secondary Teacher Education

Program Overview

Secondary Teacher Education

The Oakland University Secondary Teacher Education Program (OU STEP), offered by the Department of Teacher Development and Educational Studies, is a field-based fifth-year curriculum State certification to teach in grades 6-12. This year-long, developmental experience supports learning to teach from within the culture of school districts, promoting collaboration and understanding of diversity in urban and suburban schools.

Secondary Teacher Education Program

The Oakland University Secondary Teacher Education Program (OU STEP) is designed to prepare you to take your place as a teacher-leader in today's schools. The OU STEP educates a comparatively small number of high-quality reflective practitioners who will have the knowledge, skills, and capabilities needed to help adolescents achieve the highest levels of intellectual, social and moral development appropriate to life in a rapidly changing, multi-cultural world.

The OU STEP was developed through the collaboration of the School of Education and Human Services, the College of Arts and Sciences, and local school districts. Teaching majors may be earned in biology, chemistry, physics, history, mathematics, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and English. History majors may now also complete the Social Studies (RX) Endorsement and Science majors may also complete the Integrated Science Endorsement at Oakland University.  Students who choose to complete these endorsements concurrent with their history major or science major will not be required to complete a minor. Students interested in music certification should contact the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at (248) 370-2030. Teaching minors are available in these subjects plus dance, political science, sociology and economics.
Admissions Requirements
In addition to University requirements the program also requires 36 credit hours of professional education course work.

Pre-Internship Courses (credits)
  • Introduction to Secondary Education (4) - plus 50 hours of field experience in major area
  • Teaching Reading in Content Areas (4) - plus field hours
  • Educational Psychology for K-12 Educators (4) -plus 30 hours of field experience in the minor area
  • Methods (Minor) of Teaching Secondary Students (4) -plus field hours
Fifth-Year Internship (credits)
  • Teaching of the Major Field (4) -Internship serves as the field placement
  • Introduction to Students with Special Needs (4)- Internship serves as field placement unless not taken concurrent with internship
  • Internship Fieldwork (12)
  • **Students must also meet the technology requirements either through enrollment in IST397 or availing themselves of the test out option