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Master of Arts in Teaching

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The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a graduate route to intitial teacher licensure for applicants who have a Bachelor's degree, but do not have a teaching license.  Students will complete a Master's degree and teaching license at the same time.  Otterbein offers two Master of Arts in Teaching programs: Intervention Specialist (K-12) and Middle Childhood Education (4-9). 

Students interested in the Middle Childhood program select two teaching/content areas from reading/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Those interested in the Intervention Specialist program can earn one or both licenses: K-12 Mild-to-Moderate or K-12 Moderate-to-Intensive.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program requires a combination of graduate and undergraduate work. Contact the Graduate School advisor for personalized program requirements.

Class Scheduling

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed to be a part-time program with the majority of graduate coursework offered in the evenings or in a blended format. A transrcript evaluation will be completed for each student and an individualized schedule will be created. 

The culmination of the program requires a full-time internship in the schools during spring semester of the final year. Most students complete the MAT in two to three years, depending on the number of hours they have to complete for licensure.

Obtaining a Teaching License with the MAT Program

The MAT program provides the opportunity to get your Master’s degree and a teaching license for the State of Ohio. Students can complete an Ohio four-year Resident Educator Middle Childhood License for grades 4-9 or a K-12 Intervention Specialist license. Additional coursework may be required for the K-12 Intervention Specialist license in order to be considered Highly Qualified in some subjects.

If you are interested in licensure in other states, it is the responsibility of the student to see that requirements of other states are met. Information on licensure may be obtained from the Division of Teacher Education and Certification of the Department of Education of the state in question. Teacher licensure is simplified in many states through Interstate Reciprocity Agreements and through graduation from Otterbein University, an institution accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Most states also require that teachers pass a teacher competency test prior to licensure.

Class Schedule

Concentration Areas for Middle Childhood Program

  • General information

  • Language Arts and Reading (36 sem. hrs.) Does not include Reading Endorsement

  • Mathematics (24 sem. hours)

  • Science (28 sem. hrs.)

  • Social Studies (28 sem. hours)

MAT Students can also add:

Admission to Otterbein's MAT Program

Applying for admission to the MAT program at Otterbein is straightforward. Click here to learn how to apply. Questions can be directed to Gaby Miller, a Graduate Education specialist.

More Information

/ The Graduate School

The Graduate School is located in Roush Hall, room 208.

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

p/ 614.823.3210
e/ grad@otterbein.edu

/ Graduate Education Personnel

K. Daniel Cho, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Programs
p/ 614.823.1452
e/ DCho@otterbein.edu

Gaby Miller

Graduate Education Recruiter/Counselor MAT/initial licensure
p/ 614.823.1346
e/ gmiller@otterbein.edu

Amy Featherstone
Graduate Education Recruiter/Counselor MAE, Educational Mathematics, Adding License, Professional Development
p/ 614.823.3271
e/ afeatherstone@otterbein.edu

M. Michelle Fosnaugh
Graduate Assistant
e/ margaret.fosnaugh@otterbein.edu

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Professor Has Passion for Global Social Justice

At the core of her being, a passionate fire for global social justice burns brightly and is evident to all that she interacts with. Dr. Diane Ross, a middle childhood educator, teaches in Otterbein’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, preparing teachers to be culturally competent and to engage their students in meaningful learning experiences.