Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree is designed for individuals with  bachelor's degree in a science who seek to be certified to teach science in grades 6 - 12. Students in this program receive the Michigan Secondary Provisional Teaching Certification while earning credits toward the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree (M.A.T.)

The M.A.T. program 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. A State competency examination will be required in both the major and minor content areas before student teaching (TED 5780 Directed Teaching and Conference).

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in secondary science provides educators with a teaching certificate (grades 6 - 12) in the areas in which they have a major and minor(s). After completing all the requirements educators also receive a master’s degree which will allow them to transition from a provisionary to a professional teaching certificate. The research skills acquired in this program are an important aspect of the education professional’s growth and essential to those interested in taking on leadership roles and/or pursuing a doctorate in the future.

Admission Requirements

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

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • An overall honor point average of 2.75 or higher and at least a 3.0 honor point average in the science major.
  • An undergraduate major in science and a minor in another certifiable content area; and
  • Successful completion of the State Basic Skills Exam.

Admission to the Master of Education program is contingent upon admission to the graduate school. Applications for the Master of Education Degree are in the Academic Services Office, Room 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 after completing one semester of graduate work.

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).


One of the last steps you need to take before receiving your degree or certificate is to apply for graduation. Applications for graduate degrees must be made not later than the fourth week of classes for the semester in which degree or certificate requirements are to be completed. Graduation deadline dates for the semester in which candidates are completing doctoral degree requirements are issued on receipt of the application by the Graduate Education Office. You must apply for graduation in Pipeline and for additional graduation information visit Degrees and Graduation.