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

  • Complete a Master’s degree and initial license in focused areas of teaching
  • Embedded field experiences in diverse settings allow students to apply theory to practice immediately
  • Flexible scheduling with some evening and blended course options
  • Otterbein faculty are committed teachers who stay active in school-based research

Master of Arts in Teaching programs offered in Middle Childhood grades 4-9 and Intervention Specialist grades K-12.

Middle Childhood grades 4-9

Students interested in the Middle Childhood program select two teaching/content areas from Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

For applicants who have a Bachelor’s Degree but do not have a license to teach, the Master of Arts in Teaching program is designed to provide a graduate route to initial teacher licensure in Middle Childhood Education for grades 4-9. Students select two teaching/content areas from Language Arts/Reading , Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

Scheduling

The Master of Arts in Teaching programs at Otterbein University offer flexible and individualized scheduling to accommodate our students’ busy work and family schedules. Evening graduate coursework is offered, with the opportunity to take some coursework at other institutions for flexibility. Students in the program enjoy the small class sizes which allow them to build true 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 the Central Ohio area to provide diverse field experiences for students to develop their own teaching practice and gain real world classroom exposure.

Licensure

The MAT Middle Childhood program leads to an Ohio four-year Resident Educator Middle Childhood License for 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.

Master of Arts in Teaching Course Requirements

General education requirements All MAT candidates in the Middle Childhood program are required to have general education course work in the following areas. The remaining semester hours will be completed through concentration area requirements.

  • One English course
  • One college level mathematics course
  • One course from the arts or humanities (One course from art, dance, music, philosophy, or theatre)
  • One course from science (One course from biology, chemistry, physical science, earth science, or astronomy) * One course from social studies (One course from history[OU2] , political science, or psychology)

All MAT candidates in the Middle Childhood program are required to take the following professional education course work. The course descriptions contain information about required field hours and course sequence.

Professional Education Requirements
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 5300 3 hrs Exceptional Children
EDUC 5380 4 hrs Literacies for Young Adolescents
EDUC 5400 3 hrs MAT Responsive Schools & Methods Internship AND select two courses for your content area
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 GreatMiddle Grades Social Studies Methods
EDUC 5970 9 hrs MAT Student Teaching

Other professional education requirements

  • Technology EDUC 2100 – Educational Technology: Adolescence (2)
  • Reading – 12 hours of literacy required for Ohio licensure EDUC 1710 Phonics & Language Study: Middle Childhood (4) EDUC 5380 Literacies for Young Adolescence (4)
  • Select one course from the following: EDUC 3630 Adolescent Lit. in a Comprehensive Read. Prog. (4) EDUC 3800 Literacies in the Content Area (4)[OU4]

Concentration Areas for Middle Childhood Program

Course work in two approved teaching concentration areas is required. Specific course requirements are outlined below. Students may receive credit for some of these courses through previous undergraduate work to be determined by a transcript evaluation.

Choose Two Teaching Concentrations

Language Arts and Reading – 36 Hours
EDUC 1710 4 hrs Phonics & Language Study: Middle Childhood
EDUC 3630 4 hrs Adolescent Literature in a Comprehensive Reading Program
EDUC 5380 4 hrs Literacies for Young Adolescence
EDUC 5430 4 hrs Middle Grades: Language Arts Methods
ENGL 1155 4 hrs Reading, Writing, & the Literary Imagination
ENGL 3380 4 hrs Studies in Adolescent Literatures
INST 1500 4 hrs Level Identity Projects: Writing & Literature
Select one course from the following:
ENGL 2230 4 hrs Studies in African American Literatures
ENGL 2231 4 hrs Studies in Women’s Literatures
ENGL 2232 4 hrs Studies in Diverse Literary Cultures
ENGL 2233 4 hrs Studies in World Literatures
ENGL 2234 4 hrs Studies in GLBTQ Literatures
Select one course from the following:
ENGL 2250 4 hrs Studies in American Literature Before 1900
ENGL 2255 4 hrs Studies in American Literature After 1900
Total Hours = 36
Mathematics – 24 Hours
EDUC 5440 4 hrs Middle Grades Mathematics Methods
MATH 1210 4 hrs Nature of Mathematics
MATH 1250 4 hrs Elementary Functions
MATH 1700 4 hrs Calculus I
MATH 2150 4 hrs Math for Middle Childhood: Numbers & Variables
MATH 2170 4 hrs Math for Middle Childhood: Measurement & Geometry
Total Hours = 24
Science – 28 Hours
BIO 1000 4 hrs Principles of Biology
BMB 2300 4 hrs Chemistry of Everyday Life for Middle Childhood Education Majors
EDUC 5450 4 hrs Middle Grades Science Methods
ESCI 1001 4 hrs Introduction to Environmental Science
INST 2403 4 hrs The Expanding Universe
PHYS 2100 4 hrs Introduction to Physical Science
Select one course from the following
SCI 1010 4 hrs Physical Geology
ESCI 1020 4 hrs Earth System History
Total Hours = 28
Social Studies – 28 Hours
EDUC 5460 4 hrs Middle Grades Social Studies Methods
GEOG 1000 4 hrs World Regional Geography
POLS 1000 4 hrs American National Government
Select one course from the following
HIST 1200 4 hrs The American Experience since 1865
HIST 1100 4 hrs The American Experience to 1865
Select one course from the following
HIST 2100 4 hrs History Seminar
POLS 2300 4 hrs Methods of Research & Inquiry in Political Science
Select one course from the following
ECON 2100 4 hrs Principles of Microeconomics
(prerequisites: MATH 1210, 1220, 1230, 1240, or 1250)
HIST 3200 4 hrs Global Capitalism
HIST 4210 4 hrs The Industrial Revolution in a Global Perspective
Total Hours = 28

Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement

The Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement allows teachers licensed in Ohio to teach middle childhood grades 4-9 to teach all subject areas in grades 4-6 only. This endorsement gives licensed Middle Childhood teachers additional teaching options. Otterbein offers the additional coursework in the other subject areas for Middle Childhood students to add this additional teaching endorsement.

Intervention Specialist grades K-12

Students enrolled in the Intervention Specialist program can earn one or both licenses: K-12 Mild-to-Moderate or K-12 Moderate-to-Intensive.

Intervention Specialists see the possibilities in every child. Otterbein University will provide you with the knowledge, tools, and skills you need to meet the needs of every student. The K-12 Intervention Specialist Master of Arts in Teaching program at Otterbein prepares students who have a bachelor’s degree and are interested in earning an initial license in Special Education with the necessary course and field work to become a highly qualified educator. Students in Otterbein’s Master of Arts in Teaching program typically complete the program in two years, and enjoy flexible scheduling with blended course designs.

The Intervention Specialist license can be earned in two areas; Mild/Moderate or Moderate /Intensive. Students can choose one or both licensure areas.

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 through 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 might include students with learning disabilities, cognitive disabilities, and communication problems. The learners may have mild/moderate emotional disabilities, hearing losses, visual problems or autism spectrum disorders.

K-12 Moderate to Intensive Intervention Specialist Licensure

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

Scheduling for the MAT Intervention Specialist Program

Many of the courses in the Intervention Specialist program are offered in a blended style, meaning that students will meet face to face during the semester, with online assignments and readings.

The culmination of the program requires a full-time internship in the schools and a full time student teaching semester. Most students complete the MAT in Special Education in two years if they begin in the summer term.

Professional Education Requirements
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 4 hrs Literacies for Young Adolescents
EDUC 5400 3 hrs MAT Responsive Schools & Methods Internship
EDUC 5970 9 hrs MAT Student Teaching
Reading Core – 12 hours
EDUC 1710 4 hrs Phonics & Language Study – Middle Childhood OR
EDUC 1700 4 hrs Phonics & Language Study – Early Childhood
EDUC 3640 4 hrs Elementary Literacy Assessment and Instruction OR
EDUC 6580 4 hrs Language Arts Methods in the Classroom
EDUC 6640 3 hrs Reading Assessment and Instruction AND
EDUC 6650 3 hrs Research-Based Reading and Writing
EDUC 3800 4 hrs Literacies in the Content Area OR
EDUC 5380 4 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 5340 3* hrs Methods of Specialized Instruction for Learners with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
EDUC 5350 3* hrs Collaborative Methods for Learners with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
EDUC 5360 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

Sample schedule of the Otterbein MAT Intervention Specialist K-12 Program

Year Summer Fall Spring
Year 1 EDUC 5000, School and Society

EDUC 5200, Issues in Equity and Multicultural Education

EDUC 5310, Profiles of Learners

EDUC 6780, Assistive Technology

(EDUC 5100, Educational Psychology, with a tutoring/clinical component)

(EDUC 5380, Literacies for Young Adolescents, with a field component
-OR-
EDUC 3800*, Literacies in the Content Areas)

(EDUC 3640, Elementary Literacy Assessment and Instruction, with a field component
-OR-
EDUC 6580 Language Arts Methods in the Intermediate Classroom)

EDUC 5330, Behavior and Learning Environment

EDUC 5320 Specialized Instructional Planning

(EDUC 2100, Educational Technology)

(EDUC 5380 Literacies for Young Adolescents)

**EDUC 6640 AND EDUC 6650 Reading Endorsement Courses – subsequent Saturday Mornings

Year 2 EDUC 5340/41, Methods of Specialized Instruction for Learning, with a field component

(EDUC 3800)

(EDUC 2100 Educational Technology)

EDUC 5350/51, Collaborative Methods for Learners with Disabilities, with a field component

EDUC 5360/61, Assessment and Progress Monitoring/Alternative Assessments

EDUC 5470, Internship in Special Education (field-based course)

EDUC 5970 MAT student teaching (full-time teaching)

*EDUC 3800 is an option to EDUC 5380 (adolescent literacy course)
( ) indicate optional terms course may be scheduled

Class Scheduling

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

The culmination of the program requires a full-time internship and student teaching semester in the schools. Most students complete the MAT program 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.

Admission

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.

Provisional Admission:

Students in the MAT program may take up to 10 graduate hours and an unlimited number of undergraduate hours while completing the steps to gain full admission to the MAT program. To apply for provisional admission:

  • Complete the online application.
  • Submit $40 application fee (waived for Otterbein alumni, veterans, and active duty military).
  • Submit official transcripts from all previous institutions.
  • Interview with education advisor.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate course work is required to be accepted into the MAT program.

Full Admission:

In addition to the steps listed under 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 On-Campus Essay Writing, Interview Event
  • Documentation of 25 field hours working with students grades 4-9 (only required for MAT- Middle Childhood)

See the Graduate Catalog for full course descriptions and other information about the program.* Additional information can be found in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Graduate Booklet (PDF).

Tuition and Financial Aid

Master of Arts in Teaching Scholarships Available

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 allocated during the semester of student teaching.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for graduate education programs is $559 per hour and most courses are 3 or 4 semester hours. Some graduate students take undergraduate classes to meet licensure requirements. The cost of undergraduate courses is $564 an hour, with most classes being 2 to 4 semester hours. There is a student life fee of $100. Some education courses with field experiences have additional fees. Please consult the Business Office site for a complete list of fees.

Capstone

There is an additional fee for each Capstone hour. Please consult the Business Office site for a complete list of fees. Tuition waivers may not be used to cover the additional Capstone fee.

Financial Aid

Earning your graduate degree is not as daunting as you think. With our financial aid options we can help remove any cost challenges you may have. Otterbein is prepared to help you answer the question; how are you going to pay for your education? Graduate students are eligible for consideration for a variety of loans.

Applying 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.

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

Questions? Email Student Financial Services or call 614-823-1502.

Tuition Waivers

Teachers in schools with student teaching and field experience agreements with Otterbein University may qualify for tuition waiver certificates. Otterbein University provides these waivers to districts or independent schools in return for their provision of field placements for Otterbein students. However, Otterbein University has no control over the distribution of the waivers to teachers, which is determined by each district/school. The following provisions and conditions apply:

  • Tuition waiver certificates may be assigned by the proper school officials to school employees admitted to graduate study at Otterbein University. Admission to graduate study is solely at the option of the University. There is no obligation on the part of the institution to admit students because of this agreement who would not otherwise meet graduate study admission requirements.
  • Students may use multiple fee waivers within a semester, however, the number of fee waiver credits may not exceed the number of course credits taken.
  • Teachers paying tuition with tuition waiver certificates from their schools must submit a valid waiver certificate at the time of registration or make other arrangements with the Business office. Otterbein University has the right to refuse acceptance of an “expired” fee waiver.
  • Tuition waivers do not cover the costs of special fees for testing, Capstone hours, or computer labs.

Payment Plans

We realize that meeting the expense of a college education is one of the larger investments made by most families. For this reason, we have developed two methods of payment for comprehensive fee charges. See the Business Office site for information about payment plans.

How to Apply

  • Submit an online Graduate application. Application fee is $40 for graduate applicants.
  • Submit evidence of a state-issued teaching license. Applicants who hold an Ohio teaching license should indicate the license number on the application. Applicants who hold an out-of-state license will need to provide a copy of their teaching license and official transcripts documenting completion of a bachelor’s degree. Candidates not holding a teaching certificate/license may be admitted only through special action of the Graduate Education Committee. Applicants who hold a non-standard teaching certificate/license are strongly encouraged to meet with the Graduate Education Advisor prior to enrollment in classes. Students who have been provisionally admitted may register for up to 12 graduate semester hours.

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

Keisha Jordan
Graduate Education Recruiter
Email: jordan4@otterbein.edu

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

Gaby Miller
Administrative Coordinator
Email: gmiller@otterbein.edu

Janin Rosas
Graduate Assistant for Education
Email: janin.rosas@otterbein.edu