May 24, 2018  
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 

MAT - Earth Science Revision Winter 2015

Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Earth Science Concentration (MAT-ED SES)

The MAT - Secondary Earth Science Concentration, leading to initial teaching certification in Earth and Space Science grades 6-12, is a full-time 47 hour program. The program is designed for a qualified student to begin in the Fall semester and finish at the end of the following second Winter semester. Primarily, admission to the program will be in Spring/Summer, with coursework to begin in September. The program is intended for students with a BA or BS in Earth Science and/or Geology who wish to earn a State of Michigan teacher certification.

Admission Criteria:

  1. Meet the Graduate School admission requirements;
  2. Hold a 2.75 undergraduate GPA or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate work or 3.3 GPA in 12 hours or more of work at the graduate level or a minimum 50th percentile on the Graduate Record Examination writing. International students must have a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL; 
  3. For Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education (ECE) , elementary education, middle level education, secondary education, curriculum and instruction, and for students in educational media and technology who are pursuing the NP endorsement: hold a valid teaching credential. For international students who do not intend to teach in the United States, this requirement can be waived. Teaching certification is NOT required for the programs Master of Arts in Educational Psychology (EPDL) Master of Arts in Social Foundations of Education (SFND) , or for students in Master of Arts in Educational Media and Technology (EDMT)  not pursuing the NP endorsement;
  4. Furnish an analysis of professional goals written by the candidate. This analysis should include a description of how the chosen degree program will help meeting the selected goals and how the candidate’s life experiences, accomplishments and interests will contribute to his or her success in the program; and
  5. Request and have submitted two letters of recommendation that address the candidate’s professional commitment, experience and potential. The transcripts, analysis of goals and letters of recommendation should give evidence of potential for graduate-level scholarship.

Additional Admission Criteria:

The following are additional qualifications for admission to the MAT - Secondary Earth Science Concentration Program (please note that completion of prior science coursework is required for admission and cannot be included in hours required for the MAT degree)

  1. An undergraduate degree in Earth Science or closely related field from an accredited college or university. A minimum of 30 semester hours in Earth Science coursework is required and must include:
    1. Astronomy with laboratory
    2. Introductory Geology with laboratory
    3. Historical Geology with laboratory
    4. Rock and Minerals or Igneous Petrology and Mineralogy, all with laboratories
    5. Paleontology with laboratory
    6. Weather with laboratory
    7. Oceanography with laboratory
  2. Pass on all sections of MTTC Basic Skills Test;
  3. Attendance of a MAT orientation meeting and completion of an on-demand writing assessment;
  4. And a signed statement requiring civil/criminal conviction(s).

Earth Science Content Courses: 13 hours

Note: Other electives are also available in the cases where students have already taken something similar to the courses listed below. Please see the Earth Science Master’s program  for more information.

Program Total: 47 hours

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