Master of Arts in Teaching

Have you always wanted to teach? Get your Master’s degree and initial teaching license at the same time with Otterbein’s unique graduate-level Master of Arts in Teaching program.

Program Highlights

  • Earn a Master’s degree and initial teaching license in middle childhood (grade 4-9) or K-12 special education at the same time!
  • Embedded field experiences in diverse settings that allow students to immediately apply theory to practice.
  • Flexible scheduling with mostly evening and blended and fully online course options.
  • Otterbein faculty who are committed teachers that remain active in school-based research.
  • The Master of Arts in Teaching program is offered in two licensure areas:
    • Middle Childhood Education Grades 4-9
    • Intervention Specialist Grades K-12

Program Scheduling

Otterbein offers flexible and individualized scheduling to accommodate our students’ busy lives. Evening, blended, and fully online graduate courses are offered, as well as the opportunity to complete some coursework at other institutions to allow for added flexibility. Students in our program can enjoy small class sizes and the opportunity to build connections with peers, faculty, and staff.

We think the best way for our students to apply what they learn is to teach! The Otterbein Education Department works closely with school districts across Central Ohio to provide diverse field experiences for students in order to develop their own teaching practice through real-world classroom experience in many kinds of setting. We prepare teachers to be effective anywhere, ready from day one of their new careers!

MAT Middle Childhood Course Requirements

General Education Coursework

  • One English course
  • One college level mathematics course
  • One course from the arts or humanities (art, dance, music, philosophy, or theatre)
  • One science course (biology, chemistry, physical science, earth science, or astronomy)
  • One social studies course (history, political science, or psychology)

Other Requirements

In addition to the courses listed above, all MAT candidates are required to complete the following undergraduate coursework in technology and reading.

Technology Requirement
EDUC 2100 3 hrs Educational Technology: Adolescence
Literacy Requirement (Ohio requires 12 hours)
EDUC 1710 3 hrs Phonics & Language Study: Middle Childhood
EDUC 5380 3 hrs Literacies for Young Adolescence
EDUC 3630 3 hrs  Adolescent Literature in a Comprehensive Reading Program
Choose one course from the following:
EDUC 3800 3 hrs Literacies in the Content Areas
EDUC 3240 3 hrs Reading in the Intermediate Grades

Professional Education Coursework

EDUC 5000 3 hrs School & Society: A Reflective Inquiry
EDUC 5100* 3 hrs Educational Psychology
EDUC 5200 3 hrs Issues in Equity & Multicultural Education
EDUC 5380 3 hrs Literacies for Young Adolescents
EDUC 5400* 3 hrs MAT Responsive Schools & Methods Internship AND select two courses for your content area
EDUC 5970* 9 hrs MAT Student Teaching
* Indicates a course with required field experience.

 

Middle Childhood Grades 4-9 Program Details

For applicants who already hold a Bachelor’s Degree, but do not have a teaching license, the Master of Arts in Teaching in Middle Childhood Education is designed to provide a graduate route to initial licensure for grades 4-9. Students select two of the following content areas for their license:

  • Reading/Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Licensure

The MAT Middle Childhood program leads to an Ohio four-year Resident Educator License in grades 4-9. If interested in licensure in other states, it is the responsibility of the student to see that requirements of other states are met.

Additional Professional Education Coursework for the MAT Middle Childhood Program

EDUC 5300 3 hrs Exceptional Children
Choose two from the following (taken concurrently with EDUC 5400)
EDUC 5430 3 hrs Middle Grades Language Arts Methods
EDUC 5440 3 hrs Middle Grades Math Methods
EDUC 5450 3 hrs Middle Grades Science Methods
EDUC 5460 3 hrs Middle Grades Social Studies Methods

Concentration Areas for Middle Childhood Education

Students are required to select two of the following concentration areas: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies.

Specific course requirements are outlined below. Students may receive credit for courses completed through previous undergraduate work, as determined by a transcript evaluation.

Choose Two Teaching Concentrations

Language Arts and Reading – 24 Hours
EDUC 1710 3 hrs Phonics & Language Study: Middle Childhood
EDUC 3630 3 hrs Adolescent Literature in a Comprehensive Reading Program
EDUC 5380 3 hrs Literacies for Young Adolescence
EDUC 5430 3 hrs Middle Grades: Language Arts Methods
ENGL 1155 3 hrs Reading, Writing, & the Literary Imagination
ENGL 3380 3 hrs Studies in Adolescent Literatures
INST 1500 3 hrs Level Identity Projects: Writing & Literature
Choose one course from the following:
ENGL 2230 3 hrs Studies in African American Literatures
ENGL 2231 3 hrs Studies in Women’s Literatures
ENGL 2232 3 hrs Studies in Diverse Literary Cultures
ENGL 2233 3 hrs Studies in World Literatures
ENGL 2234 3 hrs Studies in GLBTQ Literatures
Choose one course from the following:
ENGL 2250 3 hrs Studies in American Literature Before 1900
ENGL 2255 3 hrs Studies in American Literature After 1900
Total Hours = 24
Mathematics – 18 Hours
EDUC 5440 3 hrs Middle Grades Mathematics Methods
MATH 1210 3 hrs Nature of Mathematics
MATH 1250 3 hrs Elementary Functions
MATH 1700 3 hrs Calculus I
MATH 2150 3 hrs Math for Middle Childhood: Numbers & Variables
MATH 2170 3 hrs Math for Middle Childhood: Measurement & Geometry
Total Hours = 24
Science – 22 Hours
BIO 1000 3 hrs Principles of Biology
BMB 2300 3 hrs Chemistry of Everyday Life for Middle Childhood Education Majors
EDUC 5450 3 hrs Middle Grades Science Methods
ESCI 1001 3 hrs Introduction to Environmental Science
INST 2403 3 hrs The Expanding Universe
PHYS 2100 3 hrs Introduction to Physical Science
Choose one course from the following
SCI 1010 4 hrs Physical Geology
ESCI 1020 4 hrs Earth System History
Total Hours = 28
Social Studies – 18 Hours
EDUC 5460 3 hrs Middle Grades Social Studies Methods
GEOG 1000 3 hrs World Regional Geography
POLS 1000 3 hrs American National Government
Choose one course from the following
HIST 1200 3 hrs The American Experience since 1865
HIST 1100 3 hrs The American Experience to 1865
Select one course from the following
HIST 2100 3 hrs History Seminar
POLS 2300 3 hrs Methods of Research & Inquiry in Political Science
Select one course from the following
ECON 2100 3 hrs Principles of Microeconomics
(prerequisites: MATH 1210, 1220, 1230, 1240, or 1250)
HIST 3200 3 hrs Global Capitalism
HIST 4210 3 hrs The Industrial Revolution in a Global Perspective
Total Hours = 18

 

Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement

The Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement allows teachers who hold a middle grades 4-9 license to teach all subjects in grades 4-6 instead of the two concentration areas. This allows for additional teaching opportunities for middle childhood educators.

Otterbein offers the additional coursework Middle Childhood Education students need to complete this additional teaching endorsement.

Intervention Specialist Grades K-12 Program Details

Students enrolled in the Intervention Specialist program choose one or both licenses:

  1. K-12 Mild-to-Moderate
  2. K-12 Moderate-to-Intensive.

Intervention Specialists see the possibilities in every child. At Otterbein University, we are committed to equipping teachers with the necessary tools, knowledge, and skills required to meet the needs of every student. The MAT Intervention Specialist program is designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree and are interested in obtaining an initial license intervention specialist in order to teach K-12 special education. Our program includes the necessary course and field work needed to become a highly qualified educator. Students on this track typically complete the program in two years, while enjoying flexible scheduling and blended course designs. The Intervention Specialist license can be obtained in one, or both, of these areas: mild-to-moderate or moderate-to-intensive.

K-12 Mild to Moderate Intervention Specialist License

This licensure area enables you to provide intervention specialist services to students with any kind of mild to moderate disability in grades K-12. With this license, you will work with students who primarily receive their education the regular classroom with accommodations. You will work in partnership with the classroom teacher or work with students in a small group setting. The student population may include students with learning disabilities, cognitive disabilities, and communication problems. The learners may have mild or moderate emotional disabilities, hearing loss, visual impairments, or autism spectrum disorders.

K-12 Moderate to Intensive Intervention Specialist Licensure

This licensure area enables you to provide intervention specialist services to students with any kind of moderate to intensive learning needs in grades K-12. With this license, you will work with students who have multiple disabilities, moderate to significant cognitive disabilities, hearing/vision impairments, or autism spectrum disorders. You will typically serve students in a resource room or special education classroom. You may also co-teach in a regular classroom setting or work with students on a life skills curriculum tied to Ohio’s extended tied to Ohio’s extended content standards. This track is built to ensure that you have the skills necessary to help prepare these students for successful school and life experiences.

Reading Core – 12 hours
EDUC 6640 3 hrs Reading Assessment and Instruction
EDUC 6650 3 hrs Research-Based Reading and Writing for PK-3
Choose one course from each of these pairs:
EDUC 1700 3 hrs Phonics & Language Study – Early Childhood OR
EDUC 1710 3 hrs Phonics & Language Study – Middle Childhood
EDUC 3640 3 hrs Elementary Literacy Assessment and Instruction OR
EDUC 6580 3 hrs Language Arts Methods in the Classroom
EDUC 3800 3 hrs Literacies in the Content Area OR
EDUC 5380 3 hrs Literacies for Young Adolescents
Major Courses For Mild-Moderate K-12 Intervention Specialist
EDUC 5310 3 hrs Profiles of Learners
EDUC 5320 3 hrs Specialized Instructional Planning
EDUC 5330 3* hrs Behavior and Learning Environments
EDUC 5341 3* hrs Methods of Specialized Instruction for Learners with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
EDUC 5351 3* hrs Collaborative Methods for Learners with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
EDUC 5361 3 hrs Assessment and Progress Monitoring in Special Education for Learners with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
EDUC 5470 3* hrs Internship in Special Education
Major Courses For Moderate-Intensive K-12 Intervention Specialist
EDUC 5310 3 hrs Profiles of Learners
EDUC 5320 3 hrs Specialized Instructional Planning
EDUC 5330 3 hrs Behavior and Learning Environments
EDUC 5341 3* hrs Methods of Specialized Instruction for Learners with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
EDUC 5351 3* hrs Collaborative Methods for Learners with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
EDUC 5361 3 hrs Assessment and Progress Monitoring in Special Education for Learners with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
EDUC 5470 3* hrs Internship in Special Education

 

* Indicates a course with required field experience.

Note: Additional coursework may be required for the K-12 Intervention Specialist license in order to be considered Highly Qualified in some subjects.

MAT Admission Information

All applicants to the Otterbein Master of Arts in Teaching go through a provisional admission process before enrolling and completing necessary requirements for full admission to the program. Once all materials are submitted to The Graduate School, your file will be reviewed for admission by the Graduate Education Admissions Committee. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all materials have been submitted by the appropriate deadline.

See the following for more Information:

Application Instructions & Admission Requirements

All applicants to the Otterbein Master of Arts in Teaching program will first go through a provisional admission process before being fully admitted to their intended program.

Students in the MAT program may take up to 10 graduate hours and an unlimited number of undergraduate hours while complete the steps to gain full admission to the program.

To apply for provisional admission:

  • Complete the online graduate application.
  • Submit the $40 application fee (waived for Otterbein alumni, veterans, and active duty military).
  • Submit all official transcripts from previous institutions.
  • Interview with an education advisor.

Note: a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for all previous undergraduate coursework is required.

To be considered for full admission:

  • Complete all steps for provisional admission
  • Submit qualifying standardized test scores Options include GRE, SAT, ACT, and Praxis Core
  • Submit two letters of recommendation related to teaching success and/or qualifications to pursue graduate studies in education
  • Participate in an on-campus essay writing and interview event
  • Document 25 field hours working with students in grades 4-9 (MAT Middle Childhood only)

 

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

The cost for graduate level courses is $559 per credit hour, and most graduate-level education courses are 3 or 4 hours. Some graduate students may need to take additional undergraduate coursework—the cost of undergraduate classes is $564 per hour, with most at 3 to 4 credit hours. Some education courses with field experiences require an additional fee. Additionally, all students pay a student life fee of $100.

There is an additional fee for each Capstone hour. Tuition waivers may not be used to cover the additional Capstone fee.

Please consult the Business Office site for a complete list of fees.

Financial Aid

Otterbein is dedicated to making sure students have the financial opportunity to pursue their degree. Along with financial aid, graduate students are eligible for consideration for a variety of loans.

How to apply for Financial Aid at Otterbein:

  1. Obtain your PIN number from the U.S. Department of Education.
  2. Complete the FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid. (Otterbein’s School Code is 003110).
  3. Complete the Institutional Aid Form.

Note: There is NO COST to apply for financial aid or to complete the FAFSA.

If you have questions, please email Student Financial Services or call 614-823-1502.

Tuition Waivers

Teachers currently working at a school that has partnered with Otterbein University for supporting teacher candidates with observations, methods field experiences, and student teaching may be eligible for tuition waiver certificates. We provide these waivers directly to districts or independent schools. Please note that the distribution of these waivers is determined by the district or school.

The following provisions and conditions apply:

  • Tuition waiver certificates may be assigned to school employees who have been admitted to Otterbein University’s Graduate School. The university is not obligated to admit candidates solely based on this agreement with schools.
  • Students may use multiple fee waivers in the same semester, however, the number of fee waiver credits may not exceed the number of course credits taken.
  • Teachers utilizing a tuition waiver certificate must submit a valid certificate at the time of registration or make other arrangements with the Business Office. Otterbein University has the right to refuse acceptance of expired waivers.
  • Tuition waivers do not cover the cost of special fees for testing, Capstone hours, or computer labs.

Payment Plans

We understand that meeting the expense of a college education is a big investment for many families. To aid in this process, we have developed two methods of payment for comprehensive fee charges. See the Business Office site for more information.

Available Scholarships for MAT Students

The Otterbein MAT Program is committed to supporting students in need. All MAT candidates who are eligible for student teaching will be considered for a need-based scholarship during the semester in which they are student teaching. The scholarship is a one-time, non-renewable award, with the funds being allocated during the semester of student teaching.

Graduate Education Faculty & Staff

Dr. Kristin Bourdage, Ph.D.
Education Department Chair
Email:  KBourdage@otterbein.edu

Dr. Dee Knoblauch, Ph.D.
Graduate Education Director
Email: dknoblauch@otterbein.edu

Graduate Education Recruiter
Email: GradAdmit@otterbein.edu

Amy Featherstone
Graduate Education Advisor
Email: afeatherstone@otterbein.edu

Gaby Miller
Administrative Coordinator
Email: gmiller@otterbein.edu

Rita Mayer
Graduate Assistant for Education
Email: mayer1@otterbein.edu