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Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) – Secondary Education program is for the teacher wishing to continue their professional education.  The MAT license program is designed for applicants who have completed a baccalaureate degree in a teaching field, who are seeking advanced teaching licensure. 

Transition to Teach (T to T) Licensure Only is designed for applicants who have completed a traditional bachelor’s degree in a CORE content area, who are seeking become a teacher and obtain a teaching  license.  It is designed to be an induction model for new teachers.  Candidates are expected to have a bachelor’s degree in a CORE content area.

State of Indiana Office of Educator Licensing:

  • Hold a Proficient Practitioner or Accomplished Practitioner license.
  • Pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment test. Go to http://www.in.nesinc.com for more information.
  • Complete an approved program in Building Level Administration.
  • Earn a Master's degree or higher from an accredited institution.
  • Complete the required CPR/AED/Heimlich training
  • Suicide Prevention Training Certificate.

Admission Requirements

OCU Program Requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  2. A grade point average of 2.75 (B-) or better (based on a 4.0 grading system)
  3. Two (2) character references from persons able to attest to the applicant’s suitability as a prospective graduate student
  4. Documentation/description of a record of a minimum of two (2) years of successful teaching in education
  5. Copy of valid teaching license
  6. Writing Sample reflecting personal goals with the objectives of the MAT program as reflected in the OCU Mission Statement
  7. A letter of recommendation from applicant’s building principal or superintendent
  8. Current resume reflecting work experience, educational background, professional experience, professional activities, community service and other relevant information relating to the applicant’s leadership background
  9. Official transcript from all undergraduate and graduate institutions of study
  10. Completed application and application fee

T to T Admission Requirements:

INDIANA REQUIREMENTS: as of January 16, 2015

Entry into Indiana Educator Preparation Programs. Prospective Indiana educators are required to demonstrate basic skills competency prior to admission to Indiana educator preparation programs.

  • Candidates have the option of achieving passing scores on the Indiana CORE Academic Skills Assessment (CASA) as one means for demonstrating basic skills competency.
  • Candidates may also document basic skills competency for admission to educator preparation programs using the following additional assessments/routes:
  • ACT® with a score of at least 24 based on Math, Reading, Grammar, and Science
  • SAT® with a score of at least 1100 based on Verbal/Critical Reading and Math
  • GRE® with a score of at least 1100 based on Verbal and Quantitative prior to 8/1/11

OR

  • GRE® with a score of at least 301 based on Verbal and Quantitative on or after 8/1/11
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. 
  • The candidate must have acquired a score of 220 or better on the Core content assessment http://www.in.nesinc.com/  
  • A grade point average of 3.0 out of 4.0 at the undergraduate level; OR Both a baccalaureate degree with a grade point average of at least 2.50 out of 4.0 and five (5) years of professional experience

Indiana Educator Licensure Assessments. The content area and developmental (pedagogy) area assessments included in the Indiana CORE Assessments for Educator Licensure are both required for licensure.  http://www.in.nesinc.com/

Oakland City Requirements

  1. Current resume reflecting work experience, educational background, professional experience, professional activities, community service and other relevant information relating to the applicant’s leadership background.
  2. Official transcript(s) from all undergraduate and graduate institutions of study
  3. Completed application and application fee of $35.00*

*Submit a $35.00 non-refundable application fee with application portfolio.  Make the check or money order payable to Oakland City University or call the Business Office at 812-749-1382 for debit/credit card payments.

Application Information

The applicant must possess an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher based on a 4.0 scale in order to seek admission as a degree-seeking student.  Other requirements for the program are:

Character Reference Assessment

Two letters of character reference are required from persons who are willing to attest to the candidate’s suitability as a practicing educator and building administrator.  The Character Reference should not come from the building principal. Download the Character Reference Form.

Writing Sample

Submit an essay that reconciles your personal goals with the objectives of the MAT program as reflected in the OCU Mission Statement and relate specifically to area of leadership interest.   Essay specifics:  1 ½ - 2 pages, double spaced, 12 point font, 1” margins.

Current Resume

Resume should include work experience, educational background, professional experience, professional activities, honors received, professional publications or presentations, community service and other relevant information relating to the applicant’s leadership background.

Official Transcripts

Applicants must submit official transcripts for all contributing institutions indicating an appropriate degree has been attained from a regionally accredited institution.  Transcripts marked “Issued to Student” are not acceptable.

Application and Application Fee

Submit Application along with $35 Application Fee.  Check or money order are acceptable and should be made out in favor of Oakland City University.  To pay Application Fee by credit card contact the Business Office at 812-749-1382. Apply Online. Fill out a Concentration Declaration.

Transfer Credits

Master degree programs are limited to a maximum of 9 hours of transfer credit.  Credit transfer must be approved by the graduate faculty of the respective School.  For licensure only programs a maximum of one-third the hours may be accepted if they meet the requirements of the program and state licensure requirements.  Any course with a grade below B- will not be transferred.

Financial Aid

Eligible graduate students enrolled in the Master of Arts for Teaching (MAT) program can borrow student loans to help ease the burden of paying for their graduate degree.  Student loans are offered through the Federal Direct Loan Program.  For more information please contact the Financial Aid Office at 812.749.1224.

Books and Materials

Cost of books and materials vary each semester.  Each syllabus provides a list of required book(s) and materials necessary for the course.

Graduate Students in the MAT program may access textbook information by visiting the University Bookstore, located in the Student Life Center, during regular business hours or by accessing the Bookstore Website.

To retrieve textbook information using the University Bookstore Website:

  1. Visit the Bookstore Website.
  2. Choose "Buy Textbooks" on the blue tab.
  3. Select your degree.  Graduate programs are part of Adult Degrees.
  4. Select your semester.
  5. Select the department you book comes from.
  6. Choose your course.
  7. Select your instructor.
  8. The author, title and ISBN of your book will appear.
  9. You may choose to purchase your book from the university bookstore, or elsewhere at that time.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fee information is available in the Financial Aid section of our website.

Program of Study

Download the course schedules for the MAT program.

Download the course schedules for the T to T program.

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