Master of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Education  (33 hours) program is intended for dedicated individuals who are seeking to obtain a Master of Arts in Teaching and gain an initial teaching license. The MAT license program is designed for potential candidates who have completed a baccalaureate degree in a content area and who are seeking initial teaching licensure.  We offer two MAT degrees: 1) secondary education and 2) elementary education.

OCU’s state approved MAT programs are dedicated to meeting that challenge consistent with state and national standards.

Prospective candidates must fulfill all three (3) of the following admissions requirements to be admitted into to educator preparation programs:

1. Demonstrate  basic skills competency by using the following:

  • Successful passing of the Indiana CORE Academic Skills Assessment (CASA)  OR
  • ACT® with a score of at least 24 based on Math, Reading, Grammar, and Science  OR
  • SAT® with a score of at least 1100 based on Verbal/Critical Reading and Math if taken Prior to 3/1/2016  
  • SAT® with a score of at least 1170 based on Evidence - Based Reading and Writing and Math if taken on or after 3/1/2016 OR
  • GRE® with a score of at least 1100 based on Verbal and Quantitative  OR
  • GRE® with a score of at least 301 based on Verbal and Quantitative on or after 8/1/11 or a Praxis I composite score of at least 527 based on Reading, Writing, and Math if taken prior to 9/1/13.

2. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

3. 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 OR a baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 2.0 out of a 4.0 and successfully pass the CASA and Content assessment(s).

Oakland City Requirements

  1. Completed background check from the State of Indiana
  2. Current resume reflecting work experience, educational background, professional experience, professional activities, community service and other relevant information relating to the applicant’s leadership background.
  3. Official transcript(s) from all undergraduate and graduate institutions of study
  4. Completed application 
  5. Two (2) character references from persons able to attest to the candidate’s suitability as a prospective graduate teacher
  6. Writing sample reflecting personal goals with the objectives of the M. S. Ed.  program as reflected in the OCU Mission Statement
  7. Teaching License (if applicable)

Return the completed portfolio to:

Dr. Nancy Miller, Director, School of Education Graduate Studies, Oakland City University, 138 N Lucretia, Oakland City, IN  47660

For licensure to be complete:

  1. Candidates must pass the developmental area assessment (Pedagogy) that matches the grade level for which they plan to teach.  This can be taken during or after internship course.  Licensure cannot be completed until this test has been taken and a score of 220 or higher has been achieved;

    The content area assessments included in the Indiana CORE Assessments for Educator Licensure are both required for licensure.  This is not needed to be admitted into the program but will need to be completed to finish the program.  The candidate must have acquired a score of 220 or better on the Core content assessment; and

  2. Have a current CPR/AED/Heimlich training credentials AND be certified in suicide prevention.

Admission Checklist 

  • Completed application
  • Completed Concentration Declaration
  • Completed Background Check
  • Writing Sample
  • Current Resume
  • CASA Score  or
  • ACT/SAT/GRE Score
  • Official Transcripts (must be sent directly to Dr. Miller,

Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Education Program of Study (33 Hours)

Course Title Hour(s)
EDUC 500 Introduction to the Profession 3
EDUC 505 Integrated Instructional Technology 3
EDUC 510 Inclusive Classroom 3
EDUC 557s Classroom & Behavior Management 3
EDUC 565 MS/HS Teaching Strategies & Assessment  3
EDUC 570 Trends & Issues in Reading 3
EDUC 575 Reading Problems in Content Area 3
EDUC 596s* Internship 3
EDUC 610 Culturally Responsive Classroom Instruction 3
EDUC 630 Master's Thesis I  3
EDUC 631* Master's Thesis II 1
EDUC 632 Master's Continuation 3

* Key Assessment Course

Master of Arts in Teaching - Elementary  Education Program of Study (33 Hours)

Course Title Hour(s)
EDUC 500  Introduction to the Profession 3
EDUC 507* Integrated Elementary Curriculum 4
EDUC 510 Inclusive Classroom 3
EDUC 557e Elementary Classroom Management 2
EDUC 572 Teaching & Remediation of Reading 3
EDUC 596e* Internship 3
EDUC 610*  Culturally Responsive Instruction 3
EDUC 611 Schools, Families, and Communities 3
EDUC 630 Research Methods 3
EDUC 631* Master's Thesis 3
EDUC 632 Master's Thesis Continuation 1
EDUC 650* Advanced Reading & Language Arts  3

*Key Assessment Courses

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