Master of Arts in Teaching - Elementary

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program is designed to provide professional preparation for holders of baccalaureate degrees in areas other than education and who seek teacher certification. Students pursue teacher certification while earning credits toward the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree.  The master's degree may be completed after certification, but degree requirements must be completed within six (6) years of the time the first course in the program is completed.

The M.A.T. program may be completed as a full-time or part-time student. The certification portion of the program can be completed in two (2) years as a full-time student; however, the Early Childhood program requires additional coursework and an additional clinical experience. Most courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening; however, you should be aware that student teaching and other clinical experiences must be completed during the day. Students wishing to specialize in early intervention, preschool, kindergarten and early primary grades may earn the Early Childhood General and Special Education (ZS) specialty area endorsement.

Students may complete requirements for the teaching certificate prior to completing the Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Additional credits will be completed for the master's degree.

Upon completion of the courses for teacher certification, students must apply for the Initial Provisional Teaching Certificate. Provided all requirements for certification are met, Wayne State University will recommend the student to the Michigan Department of Education for the Elementary Provisional Teaching Certificate and Early Childhood General and Special Education (ZS) specialty area endorsement.

At the completion of coursework for the master's degree, students must apply for degree.

Admission Requirements

Potential students must complete a Request for Transcript Evaluation. Please indicate "Early Childhood" as your major on the Request for Transcript Evaluation form.  An evaluation will be mailed to you identifying prerequisite courses for admission into the M.A.T. Program. Students must meet the following requirements to be admitted into the M.A.T. program:

  • A bachelor's degree from a nationally accredited institution or an international equivalent evaluated by WES or ECE.
  • An honor point average of 2.75 or above in undergraduate coursework.
  • Completion of the Comprehensive Major (prerequisite courses).
  • Verification of 40 hours of successful group work with children.  The State defines a group as three (3) or more children (not your own) between the ages of 3 and 18.  The group work experience must be within five years of the time of admission to Level 2.  See Verification of Group Work with Children Form.

A current (within the last six months) statewide Criminal History Check.

Those interested in applying to the M.A.T. Program must apply to the Graduate School by the appropriate deadline. Students are admitted to the M.A.T. Program every semester. The deadlines to apply are March 1, July 1, and November 1 for admission for the following semester. For information about financial aid and scholarships, log onto the Financial Aid and Scholarships page.

Plan of Work

M.A.T. Early Childhood students are advised by Mark Larson. M.A.T. coursework includes;

  • Early Childhood coursework
  • Methodology courses
  • Pre-Student Teaching
  • Student Teaching

Students in Early Childhood Education must complete two clinical experiences in student teaching: one in a grade 1 - 3 classroom and one at the College of Education Early Childhood Center

Please refer to the M.A.T. Early Childhood Plan of Work for coursework.

Student Teaching / Practicum / Internship

The Early Childood General and Special Education (ZS) endorsement requires evidence of supervised student teaching, on the job teaching or practicum experience in at least two of the three definitions for age and grade levels:

  1. Primary - kindergarten through third grade
  2. Preprimary - ages two and a half through four
  3. Infant-Toddler - birth to two and a half years

Therefore, the following are recommended:

TED 3550 Teaching Research and Practice 5 Cr.

Students are required to complete one semester of pre-student teaching in an elementary classroom, preferably kindergarten. TED 3550 requires four mornings a week or two full days a week in a classroom and a mandatory seminar.  Students are in a cohort of 15 - 20 students with a WSU instructor. Early childhood education students should request a Kindergarten classroom for this first placement.


TED 5790* Student Teaching and Conference for Special Groups-Elementary 5 Cr.

ELE 6080 Preprimary Goals and Practices 3 Cr.  (co-requisite with TED 5790)

Students are assigned to the College of Education Early Childhood Center, located on campus in University Tower.  Students work with children five mornings a week. Students take the ELE 6080 seminar until 2:30 pm on Tuesday and participate in a team planning session until 4:00 pm on Friday.  Students can schedule other courses, work or personal activities on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon.


TED 5780* Directed Teaching and Conference-Elementary 8 Cr.

Students are required to complete one semester of student teaching in an elementary classroom, preferably in a grade 1, 2 or 3 classroom.  TED 5780 requires five days a week in a classroom with mandatory seminars throughout the semester. Do not accept a Kindergarten placement as students must have at least one semester's experience in teaching reading.


TED 5790* is recommended prior to TED 5780.


Students must submit a Student Teaching Application for TED 5790 and TED 5780.