M.A. in Teaching: Secondary Education

Master of arts (M.A.)

About the program

Individuals seeking secondary teacher certification (grades 6-12) at WMU must apply for the Master of Arts in Secondary Education program. Candidates for this competitive program must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and demonstrate prior experience with youth in formal education settings. This residential program provides a thirteen-month intensive program of study, with an emphasis on a full year clinical experience with local schools.  Candidates will also complete a capstone project based on teacher action research.

Program strengths

  • Increased emphasis on integration of pedagogy, methods and content-area skills. Bachelor's degree in subject area provides extensive content knowledge.
  • One-year intensive master's degree format
  • Yearlong, supervised internship experience from the start of the public school year in August through the end of the school year in June
  • Cohort program of 25 or fewer students led by full-time faculty members utilizing a team teaching approach
  • Structured co-teaching models with mentor teacher to increase support

Program structure

The MAT in Secondary Education is a thirteen-month intensive cohorted program of study that includes coursework in foundations of education and pedagogy, as well as a year-long clinical experience in local schools.

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Pathways to the WMU MAT in Secondary Education Program

Because this program is a post-baccalaureate degree, there are different pathways for admission.  The undergraduate pathway includes WMU undergraduates (e.g., current undergraduates, incoming freshman and transfer students) who plan to earn a BS prior to pursuing a teacher certification may engage in education-related exploration in their CAS program to prepare for application to the program.  Candidates who hold a Bachelor’s degree may apply after a transcript evaluation to determine whether their completed coursework meets the requirements of the content area program to which they are applying.

The post-baccalaureate pathway is for individuals who hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution who plan to pursue teacher certification.  The pathway for post-baccalaureate candidates involves choosing a teachable subject area(s) and having transcripts reviewed for approved discipline coursework.  Completion of the 13-month master’s degree in secondary education leads to both the degree as well as recommendation to the state of Michigan for teacher certification.