Jul 11, 2020  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Physics (MAT-ED SPH) or Physical Science (MAT-ED SPS) Concentration

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The MAT Physics or Physical Science Program, leading to initial teaching certification in Physics or Physical Science grades 6-12, is a full time 45-47 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 Physics, Physical Science, and/or Integrated Science or General Science, or an equivalent degree (e.g., Engineering) 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.
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Additional Admission Criteria:

In addition to the admission criteria listed above, the following are additional qualifications for admission to the MAT - Secondary Physics or Physical Science Concentration Program:

  1. Physics: An undergraduate degree in physics or closely related field from an accredited college or university. A minimum of 30 semester hours in physics coursework is required and must include: Calculus based mechanics, heat and sound & electricity and light (2 semester sequences), Astronomy with laboratory, Intermediate mechanics and laboratory, Electricity and magnetism, Heat and thermodynamics, Modern physics and laboratory
  2. Physical Science: An undergraduate degree in physics, chemistry, physical science or closely related field from an accredited college or university. A minimum of 54 semester hours in physical science coursework is required and must include: Introductory astronomy, General chemistry with laboratory (two course sequence), Organic chemistry and laboratory, Chemistry quantitative analysis, Biochemistry, Earth Science - Earth Systems, Physics: mechanics, heat and sound & electricity and light (2 semester sequence), Modern physics and laboratory, Thermodynamics, A biology course
  3. Pass on all sections of MTTC Basic Skills Test;
  4. Freedom from civil/criminal convictions, academic probation, or administrative probation; ICHAT Criminal Background Check and Statement of Civil/Criminal Convictions; For any civil/criminal conviction provide a copy of Judgment of Sentence, Registrar of Actions, or Certification of Conviction and a written explanation of the offense; Applications of students with civil/criminal convictions will be carefully reviewed and may take longer to process.

Department Information:

Teacher Education - College of Education

Martha Kinney-Sedgwick, Ph.D.
Department Head

313 Porter Bldg
(734) 487-3260

Department Website

Advisor Information:

Please contact Department for advisor information.

Program Total: 45-47 hours


* Either this course or PHY 515 Atomic and Nuclear Physics I (2 hrs) may be taken, with departmental permission
** Either this course or PHY 516 Atomic and Nuclear Physics II (2 hrs) may be taken, with departmental permission

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