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 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 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. 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 of Michigan Professional Readiness Exam (PRE) and must present verification of participation in group work with children and (not older than 6-months from application date) Michigan State Police Criminal Background check. Additional testing is required for Foreign Language majors and minors and Bilingual-Bicultural Education minors prior to admission.

The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) examination scores (PRE and subject area tests) 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.

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.

Degree Requirements (General M.A.T.)

M.A.T. programs require a minimum of forty 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 must be distributed among four areas: the major, the general professional sequence (core courses), elective courses, and a professional field experience. A teaching certificate is required in order to receive a M.A.T. degree.

General Professional Core: All M.A.T. students are required to complete the following general professional sequence:

EDP 6210Foundations of Educational Psychology3
EHP 7600Philosophy of Education2-3

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. Courses which involve field experiences are:

TED 5150(WI) Analysis 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

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)

Elementary Education Major

Major Requirements
Courses must be completed prior to student teaching
AED 5050(VP) Integrating the Arts into the Elementary Classroom3
EDP 6210Foundations of Educational Psychology3
TED 5150(WI) Analysis of Elementary Teaching3,5
RLL 6120Developmental Reading I: Comprehension Preprimary-83
ELE 6200Children's Literature for Teachers3
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
BBE 5000Multicultural Education in Urban America2
SED 5010Inclusive Teaching2
Total Credits34-36

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

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

Early Childhood General and Special Education (ZS)

In addition to the elementary education requirements stated on the previous tab, students seeking an Early Childhood General and Special Education (ZS) endorsement on their teaching certificate may choose the ZS as a minor.

Courses to be completed prior to student teaching:
EDP 6210Foundations of Educational Psychology3
TED 5150(WI) Analysis of Elementary Teaching3,5
RLL 6120Developmental Reading I: Comprehension Preprimary-83
ELE 6020(WI) Seminar in Early Childhood3
ELE 6040Role of Content Areas in Early Childhood Education2-8
ELE 6200Children's Literature for Teachers3
ELE 6310Reading Instruction: P-83
ELE 6340Teaching Reading in Early Childhood Education3
ELE 6390Mathematics Instruction: P-83
ELE 6600Social Studies Curriculum: P-83
Other courses required for the ZS endorsement minor and the M.A.T. degree:
EDP 5450Child Psychology2-3
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
BBE 5000Multicultural Education in Urban America2
SED 5010Inclusive Teaching2
EHP 7600Philosophy of Education2-3
Total Credits46-57

The plans for the ZS minor must be done in consultation with their faculty advisor.

Bilingual/Bicultural Education

In addition to the elementary education requirements stated on the previous tab, students seeking an M.A.T. in elementary education with a bilingual/bicultural minor and endorsement must complete:

BBE 5000Multicultural Education in Urban America2
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
TED 7000Introductory Master's Seminar2-3
LED 6520Teaching English as a Second Language/Foreign Language: Methods I3
LED 6555Integration of Language and Content in Language Teaching1-3
RLL 6700Second Language Literacy Development: K-123
Total Credits23-38

Only one general professional core course is required: EDP 5450 as an alternate for EDP 6210.

All students in the bilingual-bicultural program must successfully complete the language proficiency examinations in English and in the designated language of his/her individual program prior to admission.

English as a Second Language

In addition to the elementary education requirements stated on the previous tab, students seeking an M.A.T. in elementary education with an English as a Second Language minor and endorsement must complete:

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
RLL 6700Second Language Literacy Development: K-123
Total Credits18-34

Only two general professional core courses are required: TED 5150 and EDP 5450 as an alternative for EDP 6210. All students in the English as a Second Language program must successfully complete language examination in English and must document experience learning a second/foreign language before completing twelve credits toward the degree.

Science Education

In addition to the elementary education requirements stated on the previous tab, students seeking elementary certification with a science major must complete TED 7000; twelve credits of science education course work including ELE 6500. Additional courses required for the M.A.T. degree are selected in consultation with an advisor.

Foreign Language Education, 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

Special Education

In addition to the elementary education requirements stated on the previous tab, students seeking elementary certification with a special education major must complete a special education program. Additional courses in special education (29-35 credits) are selected in consultation with an advisor.