MAT Pathway for Incoming Transfer Students

Inquiry form

to express your interest in pursuing the pre-Education pathway, please complete the Masters of Art in Teaching: Secondary Education (MAT-SE) program inquiry form. When completing this form, please understand that you are not applying to the program. Once the form is completed, further instructions will be provided. 

MAT inquiry form


  • Apply to WMU and list your desired content area as your major.
  • Complete an inquiry form to express your interest in pursuing the pre-Education pathway in one of the teachable content areas in the College of Arts and SciencesBeth Cramer is the pre-secondary education pathway advisor, who along with your academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences will evaluate your transfer courses and develop a graduation plan (Note: Students who began at a Michigan community college in fall 2019 or earlier may be eligible to revert to an earlier catalog year and complete the outgoing secondary education bachelor's degree program. See your academic advisor for more details.)
  • During your bachelor's degree, complete the pre-secondary education pathway through WMU College of Arts and Sciences. The pre-secondary education pathway includes three undergraduate education courses (ES 2000, ED 3200 and ED 4200) that provide experience working with teachers and students in a secondary education setting.
  • Complete remaining bachelor's degree requirements for your content area through WMU College of Arts and Sciences.
  • In your senior year, pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) for the appropriate secondary education discipline. And, for World Language certification, pass the appropriate MTTC and Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) with advanced low or higher.
  • In your senior year, apply for admission to the M.A. in teaching: secondary education (MAT). *Not all applicants who meet the qualifications will be accepted.
  • After graduating with your bachelor's degree, and if you have been admitted, complete the MAT in secondary education. The 13-month intensive program requires full-time enrollment, and involves a cohort-based approach to instruction and a year-long internship in a public school setting, in addition to foundations and pedagogy coursework.  At that time, pending successful completion of the program requirements, you may be recommended to the State of Michigan for a teaching certificate in Secondary Education.