SEHS Advising Office

Pawley Hall, Room 363
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-4182
fax: (248) 370-4245

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The SEHS Advising office serves anyone who is, or wants to become, a teacher or human resources professional. This office assists students with schedule planning, interpreting degree requirements, admission to major standing, transfer credits, petitions of exception and graduation audits.

Our office is open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm and available for virtual and in-person advising appointments. Please call our office to schedule an advising appointment at 248-370-4182
In November 2020, Oakland University approved a new Elementary Education Degree that will start being offered in Fall 2021. Announcement and Student Resources

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Sample Plan of Study for Elementary Education
Apply for Major Standing
  • A cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least 2.80.
  • Complete EED 2000 with a minimum grade of B (3.0) 
  • Complete or place out of MTH 0662 with a minimum grade of C (2.0)
  • Complete WRT 1060 with a minimum grade of B (3.0) 
  • Read the Michigan Code of Educational Ethics 
  • Complete the Major Standing application form
  • Visit your Adviser to turn in your major standing paperwork
  • VIA by Watermark ( is an online assessment tool that every candidate of the initial teacher preparation programs in the School of Education and Human Services  (STEP, Elementary, K12, MATEE, MATSE) is required to use. Once you are accepted to the program, you will receive an email from the office of Continuous Improvement ( that will provide you with information to purchase your account.

Advising Information

Testing and certification expenses  for elementary education
Graduation and commencement information for SEHS Students

Career Information

Career Information for Elementary Education Majors

Education careers outside of teaching

Career Resources for SEHS Students (students must log into Handshake to see)

Elementary School Teacher Jobs — As of 2016, there were over 1.4 million elementary teachers in the United States and 112,800 projected annual openings.

Secondary School Teacher Jobs — As of 2016, there were over 1 million secondary education teachers in the United States and 79,500 projected annual openings.

Teacher wages in Michigan are higher than the national average.

  • 2014 median pay for elementary teachers nationally — $54,100
  • 2014 median pay for elementary teachers in Michigan — $64,300
  • 2014 median pay for elementary teachers in metro Detroit — $69,800

High Paying Districts
Many of the highest paying districts are close to Oakland University:

  • Utica
  • Warren
  • Walled Lake
  • Roseville
  • Farmington
  • Troy

More Information:

  • Mackinac Center
  • There is a searchable database containing the salary contracts of every district in Michigan.
    • When looking at salary figures, you are comparing a 10 month teaching salary to 12 month salaries for most other positions

Apply for Major Standing

Undecided HRD Status
Students are placed in this status when they request admission to the HRD major but, their overall GPA is below a 2.0. Formal admission to the program is not secured until a student reaches pre-HRD status.

Pre-HRD Status
Students are placed into this status when they first enter the HRD program and their overall GPA is a 2.0 or above. At the request of the student, an appointment with the HRD adviser will be arranged to facilitate the formation and adoption of a program plan. Students are allowed to take courses in General Education, General Electives, HRD Core and 8 credits of HRD major courses in this status.

Admission to Major Standing in HRD
To be admitted to major standing a student must satisfy the following requirements: 

  1. Complete a minimum of 40 credits at an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Courses that carry no numerical or letter grade (such as S/U) are excluded from calculation of the GPA 
  2. Complete the HRD core courses with a minimum grade of C+ (2.8 for classes prior to Fall 2018) in each course. 
  3. Submit an Application for Major Standing during the semester in which the student expects to complete the core requirements. 
  4. Meet with the HRD Academic Adviser and complete an approved HRD program plan

Minor Information

The School of Education and Human Services (Department of Organizational Leadership) offers minors in Applied Leadership SkillsEmployment Systems and StandardsLean Leadership, and Training and Development. A minor in Human Resource Development is also available for students outside of the HRD major. Students who would like to add one of these minors, can complete the SEHS Minor Request Form (students must log in with their Oakland University email to view and complete the form). 

Advising Information

Graduation and commencement information for SEHS Students
k-12 Art/Music

Studio Art
For additional information, view the Studio Art with K-12 Art Education undergraduate catalog or contact Karen McGarry at

Music Education


The Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) is a fifth-year secondary teacher education program leading to recommendation for Michigan secondary provisional teacher certification. This certification is valid for teaching content area majors and minors in grades 6-12, except art, modern language, English as a second language and music, which are valid for grades K-12.

STEP Majors:

STEP Minors and Endorsements:
In addition to a student's major, students can pursue additional minors and endorsements in:

  • Economics
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Integrated Science
  • Chinese
  • Social Studies

Students interested in STEP should seek academic advising from the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office until they reach the first education course, SED 3000: Introduction to Secondary Education.  

How to Apply to the STEP Program:

The Secondary Teacher Education Program cohort starts each Winter semester. The application deadline every year is October 1. Visit the STEP page for the online application and more information on how to apply.

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For information on this program, please visit the Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education homepage.