Physical Education Pedagogy (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 coursework 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 Basic Skills Requirement and must present verification of participation in group work with children and not older than 6-months from application date, a Criminal History Background check. Additional testing is required for Foreign Language majors and minors and Bilingual-Bicultural Education minors prior to admission.  

Completion of Michigan's Basic Skills Examination for Teacher Candidates: Currently, this requirement is met by scoring a 480 on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing test (taken March 2016 and thereafter) and a score of 530 on the SAT Math test (taken March 2016 and thereafter). SAT scores must be reported directly to Wayne State University. Make sure to select Wayne State (code 1898) when registering for the test as one of the institutions when you would like official scores sent. When requesting scores be sent to Wayne State after the test please contact SAT customer service at (866) 756-7346. A fee will be assessed for sending scores more than 9 days after the test is completed. Students that completed all or part of the Basic Skills Test, Professional Readiness Examination, ACT and/or Michigan Merit Exam (MME), should see an advisor.

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.

Students must complete at least forty-nine credits preceded by any identified prerequisites. Teacher certification is required for degree completion. All coursework 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. Courses offered in the three components of the program are as follows:

Teacher Certification Courses
KIN 5100Anatomical and Physiological Bases of Physical Activity3
KIN 5110Motor Learning and Development3
KIN 5200Effective Teaching and Instructional Practices3
KIN 5210Movement Education 3
KIN 5220Sports I3
KIN 5240Fitness Instruction3
KIN 5400Adapted Physical Activity3
KIN 5530Technology and Assessment in Kinesiology3
KIN 5600Socio-cultural Issues in Physical Activity3
EDP 6210Foundations of Educational Psychology3
KIN 5780Student Teaching and Seminar10
RLL 6121Teaching Reading in the Content Areas: Grades 6-123
Select one of the following:3
Sports II
Exercise Science Internship
Aquatic Leadership
Master's Degree Finalization Course
KHS 7999Master's Essay and Project Direction3
Total Credits49