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

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Program Coordinator:
Andrea Lewis
430C Pawley Hall
(248) 370-3996

M.A.T. In Elementary Education



Oakland University’s Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education (MATEE) program is designed for career changers who decide to pursue teaching after they have earned a bachelor’s degree. The MATEE program is a 2-year teacher preparation program that will prepare individuals for a career in teaching elementary or middle school.

High quality learning experiences ensure that participants are well-prepared to teach, combining teacher education coursework augmented by three field placements in local schools prior to student teaching. The course sequence allows students to be recommended for certification prior to the completion of the Master’s Degree. At the completion of the MATEE program, students will have earned a teaching certificate (grades K-8) as well as a Master of Arts degree.

Additional undergraduate major and minor courses may be required for those individuals whose prior coursework does not fulfill the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) core competencies for a “teachable major and/or minor” content area. This coursework must be completed prior to admission to the MATEE program. See transcript review information on next page. Also, successful scores on teacher education entrance exams are required by the MDE.


To accommodate working individuals, classes primarily meet two weekday evenings per week until the final semester of student teaching. Courses are taken as a cohort group with coursework beginning in the fall semester. Courses in the Oakland County program are held on campus at Oakland University in Rochester and courses in the Macomb County program are held at the Macomb University Center in Clinton Township.


One of the primary benefits of Oakland University's teacher preparation program is field experiences provided throughout the coursework in local school districts. Participants receive varied experiences working with school-age children and have an opportunity to apply coursework to the teaching environment as they learn it.

  • Students will complete a minimum of 100 hours of field experience to observe instruction, classroom management strategies, work with students, and implement lessons prior to the student teaching internship. These hours are divided into 3 semesters of approximately 30-35 hours each. Fields are completed within the school-day as weekly half-day visits during the specified semester.
  • Field experiences and your student teaching internship are arranged for you by Oakland University. There are limited after-school and Saturday field experiences therefore working individuals should plan to make accommodations to cover this requirement.
  • Student teaching is 15 weeks full-time in the classroom and includes all school-related activities.

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  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better (improved grades in recent coursework will be considered)
  • Completed requirements for a minimum of one teachable major or two teachable minors accepted by Oakland University and prerequisite courses. A transcript review must be done first to determine readiness for the program.  

  • Completion of graduate application and all supplemental requirements:
    • Teaching Focused Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Purpose (part of online application)
    • Experience Working With Children/Youth Form
    • Felony / Misdemeanor Disclosure Form
    • Two Recommendation for Graduate Admission forms must be completed by individuals in a supervisory relationship to the applicant (part of online application)
    • Evidence of required test scores must be sent to Oakland University
    • Official undergraduate transcripts with evidence of cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and completion of at least one teaching major with a minimum grade of 3.0 in each course. 

Displayed below are all of the current locations offered for the Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education program. Students are encouraged to apply for their preferred location (residence in a specific county is not required). 

Oakland County
Oakland University
Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309

Macomb County
Macomb University Center
44575 Garfield Road
Clinton Township, MI  


To be considered for the Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Certification (MATEE) program, applicants must first submit a Transcript Review form.  This is the first step of the application process:

1) Transcript Review: Submit a Transcript Review form to MATinfo@oakland.edu.  Within 1-2 weeks, you will receive your transcript review evaluation via email.
2) Request an Adviser Meeting : Once you have you transcript review back, you can request a meeting with an academic adviser. During this meeting, the adviser will help you devise a plan to complete any necessary prerequisite requirements for the MATEE program.
3) Complete Prerequisites: A coordinator from the Office of Outreach and Program Services will be in touch with you to make sure you complete all of the necessary prerequisites so you are able to start the program as soon as possible.  During this time, the coordinator will prompt you to begin the formal application process for the MATEE program.
4) Admission to Program: Once you have completed all prerequisites, the formal application, and are recommended for admission to the program, you will receive an official admission letter from the Office of Graduate Study.

5) Next Steps
: Visit the Next Steps tab for admission forms and requirements.
If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact the program coordinator below:

Andrea Lewis, Senior Project Manager     
(248) 370-3996 phone
(248) 370-4961 fax

After your transcripts have been evaluated, your next step is to submit your graduate application using the online graduate application.  Please use this Information Packet or the steps below to walk you through the process.

Select Application type: "I am interested in a Master's program"
Academic PlansMAT in Elementary Education

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all of the following university and program application documents by the application deadline of May 1 for the fall semester. 

Complete or submit items 1-3 directly on the online application:
  1. Statement of Purpose
    In two pages or less, please include a short biography, your professional goals, and respond to the following:
    • What experiences have led you to believe you would enjoy teaching elementary/middle school students?
    • What abilities do you have that lead you to believe you can manage a classroom?
    • Specifically, what grade levels and/or areas of the curriculum do you hope to teach? Why?
    • What knowledge, experience or personal attributes do you have that would benefit your students?
    • What do you hope to accomplish in a teaching career?

  2. Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Recommendations will be sent out from and completed on the online application
    • Recommendations should be from individuals in a supervisory relationship to the applicant

  3. Curriculum Vitae (Resume)
  4. Official Transcripts
    To be considered official, a transcript must be sent directly to Graduate Admissions (520 O'Dowd Hall, Rochester, MI 48309-4401) from each college/university you attended. You do not need to provide transcripts from OU. 

Submit items 5-8 directly to Andrea Lewis:

Email: MATinfo@oakland.edu
(248) 370-4961

  1. Major/Minor Coursework
    Transcripts for each course completed for your prerequisite courses toward your major/minor subject areas are required to be sent to OU. Transcripts for coursework completed at OU does not need to be submitted.  This coursework is determined when you have a transcript review completed before applying to the program.

  2. MTTC Test Scores
    The MTTC Professional Readiness Examination (formerly Basic Skills) test will only be available until September 23, 2017. After this date, the new SAT test must be passed prior to the program start. Request that your scores be sent to Oakland University.

  3. Felony/Misdemeanor Disclosure Form

  4. Experience Working with Children Form
    Minimum of 30 hours of experience is required. Experience should be recent (3-4 years) with elementary or middle school children in a teaching/learning environment. Suggestions for experience are listed directly on the form.
If you have any other questions, please contact the program coordinator below:

Andrea Lewis, Senior Project Manager     
(248) 370-3996 phone
(248) 370-4961 fax