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Secondary Teacher Education

The Oakland University Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) is designed to prepare you to take your place as a teacher-leader in today's schools. STEP prepares 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.

Program Overview Request More InformationField PlacementUndergraduate STEP ApplicationCombined BA/MA Info Packet

Students that started at Oakland University in summer 2023 and before are eligible to apply to the original undergraduate  STEP program. A field-based fifth-year program leading to recommendation for Michigan secondary standard teaching certification. This certification is valid for teaching content area majors and minors in grades 6-12. The major areas in which Oakland program participants may become certified to teach are: English, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, history, K-12 modern languages (French, German, Japanese or Spanish), K-12 music education and K-12 studio art education. Students can also add on an integrated science endorsement or a social studies endorsement.
Starting in fall 2023, secondary education programs are offered in a Combined Bachelors and Masters Degree Program in English Language Arts, Integrated Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies with History.

For additional details about how to apply and on the course sequence, view the online combined BA/MA info packet or view the course catalog.

Academic Advising
For additional information, visit the SEHS advising homepage or contact us at edadvise@oakland.edu or (248) 370-4182.

Faculty Adviser

Dr. Anthony Tuf Francis
470E Pawley Hall
(248) 370-2491
Original STEP Program - for students starting OU summer 2023 and before

The Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) cohort starts each winter semester. The application opens around mid-September and the deadline to apply is October 1 in the semester prior to STEP entry. Applications received after October 1 will only be considered with the permission of your major adviser. Click the headers below for additional information.

  • Complete SED 3000 (or 300, 301 or 3001) with a minimum grade of 3.0 or B
  • Complete WRT 1060 (or 160) with a minimum grade of 3.0 or B
  • Earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 in both teachable major and minor with no single course below a 2.0 or C (For Winter 2020 only "S" grades can be used to satisfy degree requirements with the exception of HST 3000 and HST 4980)
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.8

If you are missing one or more of the above requirements, please talk to your faculty adviser about conditional admission to STEP.

How to Apply

  • During the application window, apply by completing the STEP Application
  • Review your Progress to Degree (DegreeWorks) in MySAIL to ensure all information is accurate, discuss any issue with your CAS Adviser.
  • Complete a copy of the Advising Guide (requires meetings with advisers)
    • Step 1: Meet with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office to confirm cumulative GPA, discuss remaining general education courses and update your DegreeWorks plan.
    • Step 2: Meet with your Major Faculty Adviser to plan any remaining courses and discuss your major GPA.
    • Step 3: Meet with your Minor Faculty Adviser to plan any remaining courses and discuss your major GPA.
  • Write a two-page, double-spaced goal statement that responds to the following prompts:
    • What experiences have led you to believe you would enjoy teaching middle/high school students? 
    • What abilities do you have that lead you to believe you can facilitate a productive classroom? 
    • What knowledge, experience or personal attributes do you have that will benefit your students?
  • Gather two references: One should be a faculty member in your major. The second should be a non-family reference who can speak to your character. You will need to provide their name, email address and phone number. A letter of recommendation is not required. References will only be called when needed.
  • After submitting your application to STEP, attend an advising appointment. Call the School of Education and Human Services Advising Office at (248) 370-4182 to schedule an appointment. During your advising session you will plan your remaining education courses and your MTTC testing requirements.

Please contact SEHS Advising with any questions about applying to the STEP program at edadvise@oakland.edu.

Combined Bachelors and Masters Degree Applications

Students apply to the combined program through the graduate school. Additional information can be found in the Combined Bachelors/Masters Application Guide.

Review Process
The application is designed to identify and select well-qualified applicants who demonstrate high potential for success in the teaching profession. Additional information or an interview may be requested to provide a more complete application profile. STEP is unique among teacher education programs in that both the School of Education and Human Services (SEHS) and the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) participate collaboratively in its governance and operation. Both of these units have a voice in the process of admissions. Admissions decisions will be communicated to students by November 1.

Mandatory Orientation
At this orientation, you will learn about the program expectations, course requirements, student teaching and field placements, and answer any other questions you may have. This is also an opportunity to network with current STEP students.

Testing Requirements
Prior to the year-long field experience, students will need to pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) test in the Major and Minor (or endorsement) areas. Students majoring or minoring in a Modern Language must also pass the Oral Proficiency (OPI) Exam prior to certification.

VIA – Online Assessment Tool
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, K-12, MATEE, MATSE) is required to use. Once you are accepted to the program, you will receive an email from the Office of Continuous Improvement (sehscic@oakland.edu) that will provide you with information to purchase your account.

Teaching and Learning

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

Teaching and Learning

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