Teacher Development and Educational Studies

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

Teacher Development and Educational Studies

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

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Teacher Cadet

Are you a high school teacher leading an Educational Careers (Teacher Cadet or Future Teacher) class? Are you a high school student interested in future as a teacher? Please contact the coordinator below to learn more about the benefits available to students enrolled in these programs.

Future Teacher Conference

2nd Annual Future Teacher Conference

2020 Conference postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.
New date for March 2021 will be announced soon.

About the Conference
The 2021 Oakland University Future Teacher Conference is available to all local high school Teacher Cadet and Future Teacher programs. Schools who do not have official programs are welcome to attend to learn more about future teacher programs. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. 

Conference Schedule
9 a.m. – Registration and Refreshments
9:30 a.m. – Welcome to OU and Keynote Speaker
10:30 a.m. – Breakout Sessions 1 and 2
11:40 a.m. – Lunch in Hillcrest Dining Hall
12:45 p.m. – Breakout Sessions 3 and 4
1:45 p.m. – Closing
2 p.m. – Dismissal or Optional Campus Tour (2-3 p.m.)

Breakout Sessions
Student Sessions

  • Why Teach? Finding Your Why
  • Utilizing Your Education Degree
  • New Teacher Panel
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Education

K-12 Teacher Sessions
A separate track will be available for teachers during the breakout time for professional development and networking. Topics will include Trauma Informed Teaching and Closing the Gap Between K-12 and Post-Secondary Learning. Teachers will have an opportunity to connect with other program instructors, MDE representatives, and OU faculty and staff. Teachers can also earn 3 SCECHs for attending the conference.

Registration Information
Registration will open again as soon as we're able to confirm the new date. Emails will go out to all who were registered for the 2020 Conference, so you have the first chance to re-register if your school would still like to attend. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please send an email to teach@oakland.edu.

The system is designed to have the teacher register their students and chaperones, so if a teacher will not be attending for some reason, please contact teach@oakland.edu for special instructions on how to register.

  • Student Registration: $10
  • Chaperone Registration: $20
  • Teacher Registration: $50
Additional Information
For more information, contact:
Andrea Lewis
(248) 370-3996
Benefits and Articulation for High School Students

Are you interested in learning about what it takes to be a teacher? Are you a current high school student?

Why Oakland University?
Oakland University has a partnership with state-approved CTE Educational Careers programs in high schools. These classes may have a variety of names such as Educational Careers, Teacher Cadet, Future Teachers, Careers in Education, etc. Students who complete one of these programs can receive the following benefits at OU including:

  • Waiver of EED 1000 (1 credit)
  • Permission to take EED 2001/SED 3001 (2 credits) in place of the required EED 2000/SED 3000 (3 credits)
  • Waiver of the 30 hours of experience working with children (required for admission)
  • Opportunity to live on the Special Interest Floor in Hillcrest Residence Hall with other teacher education majors

For Students — How to Receive Credit
Keep a copy of your Educational Careers Certificate from your high school program and bring that with you to your new student orientation at OU. Advisers will waive you from EED 1000 and recommend you take the two-credit version of EED 2000 (Elementary Ed) or SED 3000 (Secondary Ed). If your school is not a state-approved CTE program but is an Educational Careers class, please send an email to teach@oakland.edu to have your program reviewed.

For Teachers
We offer schools the opportunity to schedule a site visit at Oakland University to learn more about our teacher education programs. This opportunity includes:

  • Presentation by ​our academic advisers about the life of a teacher, the college application process, and information about the OU teacher education program
  • A tour of Oakland University’s beautiful campus and our new "Living and Learning" floor specifically for education majors in Hillcrest Residence Hall
  • Lunch provided by OU, with faculty and staff
  • We can specialize this for your students/classroom if you have specific interests (special education, early childhood, etc.)​

For more information about the benefits available to Educational Careers programs, please contact the coordinator, Andrea Lewis, at alewis@oakland.edu.