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  Feb 25, 2018
Graduate Catalog 2013-14 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts in Teaching

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Concentration: Secondary Science Teacher Education
Concentration: Secondary Mathematics Teacher Education

Coordinator: Marcia Fetters

Contact Person: Tamara Klinger
4121 Sangren


The Master of Arts in Teaching is a post baccalaureate initial teacher certification program currently limited to the areas of mathematics and science. This cohorted program requires a bachelor’s degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics related field.

The Master of Arts in Teaching is designed to develop the knowledge and skill of reflective practitioners for a variety of educational settings. It is our belief that teachers ought to be content experts who are effective practitioners, leaders, change agents, intellectuals, researchers, and learners. They should be passionate learners who embrace diversity, actively inquire and reflect upon their own practice. Cohort size is limited to 25 candidates per discipline.

In this intense program candidates will take a minimum four to five courses depending upon discipline interest across summer I and summer II sessions, spend three full days in classrooms beginning the first week of September, and a full day of coursework a week on campus during fall semester. Candidates will complete a full time (5day/week) internship January through mid-June (depending on district placement). Most candidates will complete all requirements for certification within 15 months of starting coursework.


Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate secondary education discipline. Transcript evaluation will determine what additional discipline area coursework will be required.
  2. An overall grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 = A) in the last two years of undergraduate work. Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0 may be granted a Conditional Admission. This will b converted to a regular admission if students receive a grade of “B” or better in the first two graduate courses (six credit hours) taken.
  3. A concise written “statement of purpose” (250 words or less) indicating the applicant’s reasons for seeking admission to the program and what the applicant hopes to accomplish during the program of study.
  4. Congruence of applicant’s written “statement of purpose” with the parameters of this degree program.
  5. Acceptable scores on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) - Basic Skills test, and at least one secondary education content area (i.e., biology, chemistry, physics or mathematics).

Applications for this program are accepted June 15 through January 1 of each year with selection and admission determined by April 15. Coursework begins during summer I session.

Upon admission, each student will be assigned an advisor who will assist in the preparation of a program of study. The program of study should be completed during the first semester of enrollment.


Program Requirements

35-45 hours depending on content discipline.

Year 1 - Summer Coursework (taken across summer I and summer II)

Candidates will also be participating in additional seminars and workshops during the summer, and should plan to be on campus a minimum of four days a week from mid-May through mid-August.

Fall Coursework

Spring Coursework

These courses follow district calendars and do not conclude at the end of the WMU semester, but when districts close for the summer.


Should qualify for certification at conclusion of these courses in early/mid June.

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