The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree 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 Provisional Teaching Certification at either the elementary or secondary level. Teaching certification can be earned prior to completion of the master's degree requirements (see Certification Requirements). Each of the M.A.T. programs consists of graduate level courses (several involving work with children in a school setting) and a student teaching experience for a minimum of one University semester.
Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. Students without appropriate teaching majors and minors and other general education requirements will be required to complete the necessary course work as post-degree students before entering the M.A.T. program. Applicants to M.A.T. programs must be admissible to the Graduate School and the College of Education Division of Teacher Education. In order to be eligible for admission, all M.A.T. applicants must pass the State Basic Skills Test and must present verification of participation in group work with children and Michigan State Police Criminal Background check. Additional testing is required for Foreign Language majors and minors and Bilingual-Bicultural Education minors prior to admission. Persons interested in the elementary or secondary education M.A.T. should consult with an admissions counselor, Room 469 or 489 Education Building, about acceptable teaching majors and minors before filing an application.