Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) is designed for students who have completed a bachelor's degree in a non-education program with appropriate teaching majors and minors, and who desire both a master's degree and Michigan Standard Teaching Certification at either the elementary or secondary level. Teaching certification can be earned prior to completing the master's degree requirements (see "Required Courses for Michigan Teaching Certificate" under "Course Requirements"). Each of the M.A.T. programs consist of graduate-level courses (several involving work with children in a school setting) and field experiences (pre-student teaching for one semester and student teaching for one semester).

Information regarding teaching certificate requirements can be found under "Teaching Certification" in the WSU Graduate Bulletin.

Teacher Certification Meetings

Teaching Major Concentrations

Arabic, Arabic K-12, Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Economics, English, French, French K-12, Integrated Science, History, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Social Studies Com, Social Studies Group, Spanish, Spanish K-12 and Visual Arts Education

Teaching Minor Concentration

Arabic, Bilingual Bicultural Education, Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Economics, English, English as a Second Language, French, History, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science and Spanish


Admission to the program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School and College of Education Teacher Education Division. Applicants must submit scores from a nationally normed test (e.g., ACT, SAT), verification of participation in group work with children, a negative tuberculosis (TB) test completed within the last three years, and a Criminal History Background check completed through Castle Branch. Additional testing is required for Foreign Language majors and minors and Bilingual-Bicultural Education minors prior to admission. Students without the appropriate teaching majors and minors and other general education requirements will be required to complete the necessary coursework as post-degree students before entering the M.A.T. program.

Course Requirements

The M.A.T. program is offered as a master's Plan B and requires a minimum of 30 credits. Total credits vary based on the applicant's background in his/her teaching field at the undergraduate level and specialized requirements.

All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of theĀ College of Education and the Graduate School's regulations governing graduate scholarship and degrees. Requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching degree must be completed within six years after completion of the first course to be applied to the degree.

Coursework for the degree is distributed among three areas: Prerequisite courses, major coursesĀ and concentration courses. A teaching certificate is required in order to receive a M.A.T. degree.

Required courses for a Michigan Teaching Certificate

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total credits 24
EDP 5480 Adolescent Psychology or EDP 6210 Foundations of Education Psychology 2-3
BBE 5000 Multicultural Education in Urban America 2
SED 5010 Inclusive Teaching 2
TED 6020 Computer Applications in Teaching I 3
Elective Courses (in consultation with advisor)
Major Requirements (Must be completed prior to student teaching
EHP 7600 Philosophy of Education 2
ELE 6240 Literacy II 3
TED 5650 Pre-Student Teaching Field Experience for Secondary Majors 5
TED 5780 Directed Teaching and Conference 8
TED 7000 Introductory Master's Seminar I (Note: Not required for English Education Concentration) 3
ED 7999 Terminal Master's Seminar and Essay or Project 3

Professional Field Experience (Note: completed during daytime school hours)

Courses Cr. Hrs.
TED 5150 Analysis of Elementary Teaching 3-5
TED 5650 Pre-Student Teaching Field Experience for Secondary Majors 5
TED 5780 Directed Teaching and Conference 1-12
TED 5790 Directed Teaching and Conference for Special Groups 1-15
BBE6000 Internship in Bilingual/Bicultural Teaching 2-12


Students in this program complete an individualized plan of work with their advisor that fits their teaching major and minor concentration when they start their course work. Secondary Education: Post Bachelor and Master of Arts in Teaching Curriculum Guide.


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The College of Education educator preparation programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  


Sandra Yarema, Ph.D.
Clinical assistant professor and program coordinator

Beverly Schneider
Academic advisor II 

Teacher Education Division
Phone: 313-577-0902

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