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Early and Elementary Education (M.A.T.)

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 the Teaching Certificates section of this bulletin.

Admission Requirements

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 C program only 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
TED 6020Technology Integration in Teaching3
MAT 1110Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I3
MAT 1120Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II3
SSE 5720Social Studies Disciplines for Elementary Teachers I3
SSE 6720Social Studies Disciplines for Elementary Teachers II3
ELE 6020Foundations of Early Childhood Education (Only required for PK-3 concentration)3
SCE 5100Integrated Science Content (PK-6)3
SCE 5105Integrated Science Lab (PK-6)1
ELE 6200Diverse Children’s Literature for Elementary Teachers3
TED 6200Foundations I: Foundations of Education in Urban Spaces2
TED 6205Foundations Field Experience1
TED 6210Foundations II: Intersections of Culture, Language, Identity and Schooling2
TED 6220Foundations III: Foundations of Inclusive Schooling 2

Elective Courses

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

Professional Field Experiences are integral parts of the M.A.T. program, and must be completed during daytime school hours. The following courses involve field experiences. 

TED 6205Foundations Field Experience1
TED 5780Student Teaching & Seminar1-12
ELE 6805Clinical Experience for Integrated Curriculum and Pedagogy (PK-6)2
TED 5790Directed Teaching and Conference for Special Groups (Only required for certain concentrations)1-15
BBE 6600Internship in Bilingual/Bicultural Teaching (Only required for bilingual-bicultural concentration)2-12
ELE 6020Foundations of Early Childhood Education (Only required for PK-3 concentration )3
ELE 6211Literacy Clinical Experience (PK-3) (Only required for PK-3 concentration)1
ELE 6216Literacy Clinical Experience (3-6) (Only required for 3-6 concentration)1
ELE 6375Mathematics Clinical Experience (PK-3) (Only required for PK-3 concentration)1
ELE 6385Mathematics Clinical Experience (3-6) (Only required for 3-6 concentration)1

Concentration Requirements

PK-3 Grade Band

ELE 6100Planning and Implementing Preschool Curriculum3
ELE 6205Literacy Foundations3
ELE 6210Literacy Methods I (PK-3)3
ELE 6211Literacy Clinical Experience (PK-3) 1
ELE 6225Literacy Methods II (PK-6)3
ELE 6600Social Studies Methods (PK-6)3
ELE 6350Mathematics Foundations (PK-6)3
ELE 6370Mathematics Methods (PK-3)3
ELE 6375Mathematics Clinical Experience (PK-3)1
ELE 6550Science Curriculum and Methods (PK-6)2
ELE 6800Methods for Integrated Curriculum and Pedagogy (PK-6)3
ELE 6805Clinical Experience for Integrated Curriculum and Pedagogy (PK-6)2
TED 5780Student Teaching & Seminar 15-8
Total Credits35-38
1

TED 5780 is completed for 5 credit hours in Early Childhood Education and Special Education concentrations. TED 5780 is completed for 8 credit hours in all other concentrations. 

3-6 Grade Band

ELE 6205Literacy Foundations3
ELE 6215Literacy Methods I (3-6)3
ELE 6216Literacy Clinical Experience (3-6)1
ELE 6225Literacy Methods II (PK-6)3
ELE 6600Social Studies Methods (PK-6)3
ELE 6350Mathematics Foundations (PK-6)3
ELE 6380Mathematics Methods (3-6)3
ELE 6500Science Curriculum and Methods (3-6)3
ELE 6385Mathematics Clinical Experience (3-6)1
ELE 6550Science Curriculum and Methods (PK-6)2
ELE 6800Methods for Integrated Curriculum and Pedagogy (PK-6)3
ELE 6805Clinical Experience for Integrated Curriculum and Pedagogy (PK-6)2
TED 5780Student Teaching & Seminar 15-8
Total Credits35-38
1

TED 5780 is completed for 5 credit hours in Early Childhood Education and Special Education concentrations. TED 5780 is completed for 8 credit hours in all other concentrations. 

Early Childhood Education

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

Courses to be completed prior to student teaching:
ELE 6020Foundations of Early Childhood Education3
ELE 6040Intentional and Inclusive Teaching: The Content Areas (PK-K) 3
ELE 6050Intentional and Inclusive Teaching: Infants and Toddlers3
ELE 6340Teaching Reading in Early Childhood Education3
ELE 6010Equitable Partnerships with Families and Communities3-4
or ELE 6060 Community Contacts: Working with Families in Urban Settings
ELE 6080Intentional and Inclusive Teaching: Preschool II 3
SED 6040Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education3
TED 5790Directed Teaching and Conference for Special Groups8

Bilingual/Bicultural Education K-12

TED 7030Foundations of Teaching and Learning3
TED 7060Inclusive Education, Curriculum and Pedagogy3
LED 6510Second Language Acquisition and the Teaching of Grammar3
LED 6520Teaching English as a Second Language/Foreign Language: Methods I3
LED 6580Culture as the Basis for Language Teaching2-4
BBE 6850Applied Linguistics: Issues in Bilingual Education3
LED 6565Assessment in Language Teaching1-3
LED 6555Integration of Language and Content in Language Teaching1-3
RLL 6700Second Language Literacy Development: K-123
BBE 5500Introduction to Bilingual/Bicultural Education3
TED 5900Post-Certification Clinical Experience1

Special Education Concentration: Cognitive Impairment K-12

Students seeking Cognitive Impairment K-12 certification must also complete either the PK-3 or 3-6 grade band requirements.

SED 5000History, Philosophy, and Ethics of Teaching Students with Disabilities2
SED 5080Supportive Environments, Engaged Learning2
SED 5090Transitions for Students with Disabilities2
SED 5075Consultation and Collaboration for Inclusive Teaching2
SED 5110Introduction to Teaching Students with Moderate/Significant Support Needs3
TED 6220Foundations III: Foundations of Inclusive Schooling 2
SED 5121Language Development and Instruction for Students with Moderate/Significant Support Needs2
SED 5115Observation and Assessment of Students with Moderate/Significant Support Needs3
SED 5125Teaching Students with Significant/Multiple Support Needs3
SED 5130Teaching Students with Moderate Support Needs3
TED 5790Directed Teaching and Conference for Special Groups1-15

Special Education Concentration: Autism Spectrum Disorder K-12

Students seeking Autism Spectrum Disorder K-12 certification must also complete either the PK-3 or 3-6 grade band requirements.

SED 5000History, Philosophy, and Ethics of Teaching Students with Disabilities2
TED 6220Foundations III: Foundations of Inclusive Schooling 2
SED 5080Supportive Environments, Engaged Learning2
SED 5090Transitions for Students with Disabilities2
SED 5075Consultation and Collaboration for Inclusive Teaching2
SED 6021Introduction to Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder3
SED 6030Teaching Students with Cognitive, Behavior, and Communication Differences3
SED 6050Teaching Students with Communication Differences3
SED 6060Teaching Students with Movement and Sensory Differences2
SED 7770Assessment and Evaluation of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders3
TED 5790Directed Teaching and Conference for Special Groups1-15

World Language Education, K-12

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

In addition to the elementary education requirements described above, 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
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