Teacher Development and Educational Studies

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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M.A.T. in Elementary Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education (MATEE) program is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree and are now seeking a career in teaching at the elementary or middle school level. The program combines teacher education coursework augmented by three field placements in local schools prior to student teaching.

To Schedule an advising appointment, email edadvise@oakland.edu.

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To accommodate working individuals, classes meet two weekday evenings per week until student teaching. Courses are taken as a cohort group with coursework beginning in the fall semester. At the completion of the MATEE program, students will be eligible for a Michigan standard teaching certificate (grades K-8), as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. For individuals whose prior coursework does not fulfill a teachable major and/or minor, additional undergraduate courses may be required for admission. This coursework must be completed prior to admission to the MATEE program.

Teachable Majors and Minors

All students must select and complete one of the following majors: Language Arts, Integrated Science, Math or Social Studies. You can view the course requirements for each major. Prior coursework will be considered, but you must have an official transcript review done to determine eligibility for the program.

Field Experiences and Student Teaching

One of the primary benefits of Oakland University’s teacher preparation program is field experiences provided 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 30-40 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 these requirements.
  • Student teaching is 15 weeks full-time in the classroom and includes all school-related activities.

Students admitted to teacher preparation programs will use VIA Student Learning & Licensure to complete key program assessments, log clinical hours, collect feedback during Student Teaching and prepare their professional portfolios.

To access your VIA Student Learning & Licensure (SL&L) account, visit vialivetext.com. For additional help, visit the VIA (SL&L) Help Site for Students, Faculty, Mentors and Supervisors website. 

The recommended browsers for VIA Student Learning & Licensure are Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

Prospective Student Advising 
Jen Bellini
(248) 370-4182

Current Student Advising
Melanie Chamberlain
(248) 370-4182

Faculty Program Coordinator
Patti Bills
485F Pawley Hall
(248) 370-4614
Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Certification (MATEE) program, you must first:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Improved grades in recent coursework will be considered.
  • Submit a transcript review to matinfo@oakland.edu. (See "Steps to Apply" tab for directions on how to submit a transcript review). This is a mandatory first step for all applicants.
  • Request an individual appointment once you have your transcript review back. Individual appointments can be made online with the MATEE program coordinator to discuss next steps.
  • Complete prerequisites if necessary. Based on your transcript evaluation, you may have some prerequisite coursework to complete for your teachable major or minor. You can work with the SEHS Advising team to determine when and where to take those classes. To make an appointment with their office, please call (248) 370-4182.
Steps To Apply
  1. Transcript Review
    IMPORTANT: To be eligible for the MATEE program, you must have a transcript review done to determine if you have met the prerequisite coursework and all of the state testing requirements. To request a transcript evaluation, send an email to MATinfo@oakland.edu and include:
    • A copy of transcripts from all institutions you have attended. If you are an OU alumni, simply provide your full name and Grizzly ID or date of birth.
    • Your preferred teaching level (MATEE/elementary) and teachable major(s) of interest.

  2. Online Graduate Application
    • Create an account at gradapply.oakland.edu/applyAfter creating your account, select an application type: "Graduate School Application." Open and complete the initial application.
      • Academic Plans:
        Degree Type - Master's Degree
        Academic Program and Location: Master of Arts in Teaching - Elementary Education
      • Complete 2 Recommendation Requests: Part of online application

    • Supplemental Items: Return to the application home screen to complete your application. Upload or complete the following:
      1. Resume or Curriculum Vita: Include all relevant educational, professional, or volunteer experience with children/youth
      2. Experience Working with Children/Youth Form
      3. Goal Statement: In two pages or less, please include a short biography, your professional goals, and respond to the following: (1) What experiences have led you to believe you would enjoy teaching elementary/middle school students? (2) What abilities do you have that lead you to believe you can manage a classroom? (3) What grade levels and/or areas of the curriculum do you hope to teach and why? (4) What knowledge, experience or personal attributes do you have that will benefit your students? (5) What do you hope to accomplish in a teaching career?

  3. Other Items
    • MTTC Test Scores: Scores are not required for admission, but are required prior to student teaching. If you've already taken the MTTC test in your major subject area, please submit official passing test scores to Oakland University. Please consult the program coordinator to confirm which test(s) you should complete.
    • Request official transcripts from all post‐secondary educational institutions from which you earned a degree or that you enrolled in for your prerequisite coursework. Official college transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing college or university to gradinfo@oakland.edu or in a sealed envelope to: Graduate Admissions - Oakland University, O'Dowd Hall, Room 520, 586 Pioneer Drive, Rochester, MI 48309-4482.

  4. Admission Decision
    After your application is complete (including all course and testing requirements), it generally will take up to two weeks to hear a decision. To check on the status of your application, you can login to your application at oakland.edu/apply or contact Graduate Admissions at (248) 370-2700 or gradinfo@oakland.edu.