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. 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).

Important dates

  • August 15: Application for Fall

  • December 15: Application for Winter

  • April 15: Application for Spring/Summer

  • For exceptions email Dr. Waker: m.waker@wayne.edu

Application Process for the M.A.T. Program

Students are required to have a transcript evaluation by an advisor before applying to the M.A.T. program. The Request for a Transcript Evaluation is for students who have earned at least a bachelor's (or have a degree pending) and are interested in the post-bachelor or Master of Arts in Teaching certification programs. Students need to know which M.A.T. or post-bachelor program they are interested in. Students who are unsure of which program may be best suited for them, should either attend one of the Teacher Certification Meetings or schedule an appointment with Beverly Schneider (beverly.schneider@wayne.edu). The following information is required along with the transcript evaluation:

  • Contact Information
  • WSU Banner ID and Access ID (current and/or past WSU students)
  • Date of your undergraduate degree (awarded or pending)
  • Name of university/college where the degree was granted
  • Degree Major
  • Respond to legal  history questions
  • List of any community colleges, colleges or universities you attended
  • Identify certification program major
  • Copy of your degree-posted undergraduate transcript (unofficial copy works, but must be legible and PDF format only)
  • Legible copies of any additional transcripts (unofficial copies work for review purposes, but PDF format only)

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 Concentrations

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

Prerequisites

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

Courses Cr. Hrs.
EDP 6210 Foundations of Educational Psychology
Or EDP 5480 Adolescent Psychology
2-3
BBE 5000 Multicultural Education in Urban America 2
SED 5010 Inclusive Teaching 2
TED 6020 Computer Applications in Teaching 3
Total 8-9

Additional credits may be required dependent upon the student's transcript evaluation review.

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 the 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 courses and concentration courses. A teaching certificate is required in order to receive a M.A.T. degree.

Required courses for a Michigan Teaching Certificate Cr. Hrs.
Total credits 31-37
Two Content Methods Classes in the Major 6
One Methods Class in the minor (Minor is optional) 3
Elective Course (in consultation with advisor) 3-9
RLL 6121 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas: Grades 6-12 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

Plan of Work

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.

Accreditation

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

Contact

Beverly Schneider
Academic advisor II 
313-577-0915 
beverly.schneider@wayne.edu

Teacher Education Division
Phone: 313-577-0902

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