Wayne State University

Master of Arts in Teaching - Elementary

This program is designed for individuals with bachelor’s degrees in one of the Social Studies disciplines who are seeking teacher certification.  Social Studies Education offers only a major for Elementary or Secondary Education.  

Secondary majors and minors are also offered for in the individual Social Studies disciplines of Economics, History and Political Science.  

Students in this program receive the Michigan Provisional Certificate while earning credits toward the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree (M.A.T.).

Upon graduation with a Master's degree in Elementary Education with a major in Social Studies Education you will not only be a very well rounded & informed person, you will be certified to teach Social Studies in any K - 8 classroom.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for the M.A.T. program in Secondary School Social Studies applicants must present evidence of:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Students applying for a Master's Degree must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • An undergraduate major in one of the social studies; economics, history or political science.
  • Successful completion of the State Basic Skills Exam (MTTC).

Application forms and information is available in the College’s Admission Offices, Room 469 and 489, Education.

For information on the Master's degree in Elementary Education, contact the Division of Academic Services, Graduate Office, 489 Education.

Plan of Work

After you have been admitted to the M.A.T. program, you should meet with your advisor to complete your Plan of Work. It must be submitted to the College’s Graduate Admission Office for approval, prior to completion of 12 credit hours of graduate coursework.

Student Teaching / Practicum / Internship

Students must take and pass both their major and minor content area exams prior to student teaching. Your student teaching placement will be arranged through the Office of Clinical Experiences (Room 221 Education).