Elementary Education Major Leading K-8 Certification (M.A.T.)

Teaching (M.A.T. Program)

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 Standard Teaching Certification at either the elementary or secondary level. Teaching certification can be earned prior to completion of the master’s degree requirements (see Teaching Certification at Certification Requirements). Each of the M.A.T. programs consists of graduate-level courses (several involving work with children in a school setting) and field experiences (pre-student teaching for one semester and student teaching for one semester).

Information regarding teaching certificate requirements can be found at Teaching Certificates of this bulletin.

Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching is contingent upon admission 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 submit the following: Scores from a nationally normed test (i.e., ACT, SAT), verification of participation in group work with children, a negative Tuberculosis (TB) test completed within the last three years,  and a Criminal History Background check completed through Castle Branch. Additional testing is required for Foreign Language majors and minors and Bilingual-Bicultural Education minors prior to admission. Students without appropriate teaching majors and minors and other general education requirements will be required to complete the necessary coursework as post-degree students before entering the M.A.T. program.

Persons interested in the elementary or secondary education M.A.T. degrees should consult with an advisor in the Teacher Education Division regarding appropriate teaching majors and minors and the process for a formal transcript evaluation.

Testing in the content areas is required for State Certification and completed near the end of the professional coursework. 
The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) examination scores must be furnished directly to Wayne State University by Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson, the MTTC testing agency. When registering for the MTTC, students should select "Wayne State University (31)" as a "College or University to Receive Scores."

Students whose examination scores were not released to Wayne State University should request an original score report from Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson. The scores must be mailed directly from Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson to Wayne State University. An original score report is required by the Michigan Department of Education for verification of test scores.

 
 

Degree Requirements (General M.A.T.)

The M.A.T program is offered as a master’s Plan B and requires a minimum of thirty credits. Total credit requirements vary based on the applicant’s background in his/her teaching field at the undergraduate level and specialized requirements.

All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College of Education and the Graduate School's regulations governing graduate scholarship and degrees. Requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching degree must be completed within six years after completion of the first course to be applied to the degree.

Course work for the degree is distributed among three areas: Prerequisite courses, major courses, and concentration courses. A teaching certificate is required in order to receive a M.A.T. degree.

Common Prerequisite Courses: All M.A.T. Elementary Education students are required to complete the following courses, which are required for a Michigan Teaching Certificate.

EDP 6210Foundations of Educational Psychology3
BBE 5000Multicultural Education in Urban America2
SED 5010Inclusive Teaching2
TED 6020Computer Applications in Teaching I3
ELE 6200Children's Literature for Teachers3

Elective Courses, if needed for diversity in the program, are selected in consultation with an advisor at the time a Plan of Work is prepared.

Professional Field Experiences (pre-student teaching and student teaching) are integral parts of all M.A.T. programs, and must be completed during daytime school hours. The following courses involve field experiences.

TED 5150Analysis of Elementary Teaching3,5
TED 5650Pre-Student Teaching Field Experience for Secondary Majors5
TED 5780Directed Teaching and Conference1-12
TED 5790Directed Teaching and Conference for Special Groups1-15
BBE 6600Internship in Bilingual/Bicultural Teaching2-12
AED 5050Integrating the Arts into the Elementary Classroom3

Information on the student teaching phases of the program is presented at Student Teaching of this bulletin.

Elementary Education Major Leading to K-8 Certification (M.A.T. Program)

Major Requirements
TED 5150Analysis of Elementary Teaching5
RLL 6120Developmental Reading I: Comprehension Preprimary-83
ELE 6290Language Arts Instruction: P-83
ELE 6310Reading Instruction: P-83
ELE 6390Mathematics Instruction: P-83
ELE 6500Science Curriculum: P-83
ELE 6600Social Studies Curriculum: P-83
EHP 7600Philosophy of Education2
TED 5780Directed Teaching and Conference (All courses above must be completed prior to registering for TED 5780) 15-8
ED 7999Terminal Master's Seminar and Essay or Project3
Total Credits33-36

Students wishing additional specialized endorsement may elect to complete one of the minor concentrations on the next tab.

Elementary Education Concentrations (M.A.T. Program)

Early Childhood Education

(A concentration in Teaching Minor: Early Childhood Education leading to the Early Childhood General and Special Education (ZS) endorsement)

Courses to be completed prior to student teaching:
ELE 6020Seminar in Early Childhood3
ELE 6040Role of Content Areas in Early Childhood Education3
ELE 6050Infant and Toddler Development to Inform Relationship-Based Curricula and Interventions3
ELE 6340Teaching Reading in Early Childhood Education3
ELE 6010Family Centered Collaboration in Early Childhood Intervention and Special Education3-4
or ELE 6060 Community Contacts: Working with Families in Urban Settings
ELE 6080Preprimary Goals and Practices3
SED 6040Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education3
TED 5790Directed Teaching and Conference for Special Groups8
Total Credits29-30

The plans for the Early Childhood Education concentration must be done in consultation with their faculty advisor.

Bilingual/Bicultural Education

(A concentration in Teaching Minor: Bilingual-bicultural Education)

BBE 5500Introduction to Bilingual/Bicultural Education3
BBE 6560Teaching Methods in Bilingual/Bicultural Education3
BBE 6590Culture and Language in Bilingual/Bicultural Education1-3
BBE 6600Internship in Bilingual/Bicultural Teaching2-12
BBE 6850Applied Linguistics: Issues in Bilingual Education3
LED 6520Teaching English as a Second Language/Foreign Language: Methods I3
LED 6555Integration of Language and Content in Language Teaching1-3
Select six credits in methods courses in the major field, selected in consultation with the appropriate major advisor.6
Total Credits22-36

All students in the bilingual-bicultural program must successfully complete the language proficiency examinations in English and in the designated language of their individual program prior to taking courses for this minor.

English as a Second Language

(A concentration in Teaching Minor: English as a Second Language)

BBE 6600Internship in Bilingual/Bicultural Teaching2-12
BBE 6850Applied Linguistics: Issues in Bilingual Education3
LED 6510Second Language Acquisition and the Teaching of Grammar3
LED 6520Teaching English as a Second Language/Foreign Language: Methods I3
LED 6555Integration of Language and Content in Language Teaching1-3
LED 6565Assessment in Language Teaching1-3
LED 6580Culture as the Basis for Language Teaching2-4
Select six credits in methods courses in the major field, selected in consultation with the appropriate major advisor.6
Total Credits21-37

Special Education Concentrations

In addition to the elementary education requirements stated on the previous tab, students seeking elementary certification with a special education Teaching Major: Autism K-12, or Teaching Major: Cognitive Impairment K-12, must complete a special education program. Additional courses in special education are selected in consultation with an advisor.

World Language Education, K-12

(Includes concentrations in: Teaching Major: Arabic K-12, Teaching Major: French K-12, and Teaching Major: Spanish K-12)

In addition to the elementary education requirements described on the previous tab, students seeking an elementary certification with a K-12 foreign language endorsement must complete the coursework for a teaching major in the foreign language and the following prerequisites:

LED 6530Teaching English as a Second Language/Foreign Language: Methods II2-3
EDP 5480Adolescent Psychology2-3
RLL 6700Second Language Literacy Development: K-123
Total Credits7-9
 

Students must complete the language proficiency examination in the designated language of his/her program prior to taking courses for this program.