The Master of Arts in Teaching program is designed for those who have completed a bachelor’s degree in non-educational fields and wish to earn the Michigan Secondary Standard Teaching Certificate. Students in the MAT program will bring valuable experience and expertise to assist in their exploration of the practice of teaching. In addition to learning about adolescent learners and how to teach them, MAT coursework spurs students to think about the goals, values, beliefs and assumptions underlying formal schooling, and to consider schools in social, political and historical contexts.

The MAT coursework will be offered weekdays in the late afternoon and evening hours and online to enable students to earn the degree through part-time study. Students who are employed will be able to complete the degree through after-work study except for the Directed Teaching requirement. This will occur during the last semester of each student’s residency.

Admission Requirements & Application

Eligibility for regular admission includes:

  • Completed application form
  • $60.00 application fee
  • Official transcript(s) from each college/university attended
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • 3.0 (B) undergraduate/graduate grade point average or better
  • Three professional letters of recommendation using required form 
  • Statement of purpose
  • Official record of meeting minimum scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (passing score 480) and in Mathematics (passing score 530). The SAT must have been passed on or after March 5, 2016.

Individuals who wish to apply for this program may initiate the application process online at: umdearborn.edu/gradapplynow/.

The teaching majors and optional minors currently available at CEHHS for the State of Michigan Secondary School certification are: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Economics, English, English as Second Language (minor only), French, Geography (minor only), German (minor only), History, Integrated Science (major only), Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology (minor only), Social Studies (major only), Spanish and Speech.

Minimum Grade Point

A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) is required for continuation in the program. Students whose cumulative grade point average falls below this level will be placed on probation. Continued deficiencies will result in a required withdrawal from the MAT Program.

Time Limits

All coursework toward the master's degree must be completed within five (5) consecutive years from the date of first enrollment in the Graduate School.

MAT Program of Study Required Courses

The total number of credit hours required for the MAT degree is 36.

EDA 500Theoretical Foundations of Ed3
EDB 500Multicult Ed in US Classroom3
EDC 502Adol Devl & Classroom Mgmt3
EDC 556Learning & Classrm Assessment3
EDC 561Educating the Exceptional Chld3
EDD 569Reading in the Content Areas3
EDT 511Design Tech-Based Learn Solutn3
Methods Course in the Major Area 13
Methods Course in the Minor Area 13
EDD 518Directed Tchg (MAT) Second Sch7-10
Total Credit Hours34-37

1Secondary Methods Courses

EDD 501Teach English in Second Grds3
EDD 565Teach Math in Second Grades3
EDD 580Teach of Sci in the Second Grd3
EDD 590Tch of the Soc Stud in Sec Sch3
EDD 596Second Lang Tchg: Sec Level3

2Secondary Practicum Courses

EDD 502Practicum: English Second Grd1
EDD 548Pract: Tch Engl as Secnd Lang1
EDD 566Practicum: Math Second School1
EDD 581Practicum in Science:Secnd Grd1
EDD 589Practicum in Soc Stud:Sec Sch1
EDD 596Second Lang Tchg: Sec Level3

Prior to student teaching, students must have completed 90 hours experience working with groups of children.  Students must complete at least one 45-hour graduate level practicum associated with the methods courses in their major or minor (see practica listed at 2 above). The remaining 45 hours of pre-student teaching experience may consist of volunteer opportunities sometimes available in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services and the University or may include similar self-arranged experiences; also, students may complete this obligation by completing a second 45-hour graduate level practicum (i.e., those associated with the methods courses in the major1 or minor1 or the Adolescent Development and Classroom Management Practicum (EDC 504).