Feb 07, 2023  
2021-2022 Academic Bulletin 
2021-2022 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary Education MAT

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E-mail: wolferj@andrews.edu

This flexible, professional degree program is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of individuals.

Typical MAT students who have earned a bachelor's degree and are now seeking teacher certification at the elementary level belong to one of the following categories:

  • Persons who hold teacher certification at the secondary level and seek certification at the elementary level.
  • Persons who hold a teaching certificate and want to strengthen or add a specific subject area endorsement.

Candidates for the MAT degree must hold or qualify for a Seventh-day Adventist or State of Michigan teaching certificate or its equivalent before the degree can be granted. The 32 credits listed for the completion of this degree represent the minimum number of hours required for the MAT. Persons who enter the MAT program without a teaching certificate should expect to complete more than 32 credits. The Certification Registrar evaluates transcripts and identifies specific certification requirements for each student needing certification.

Students who enter the MAT program without teacher certification must qualify for a teaching certificate to complete the degree.

This program is available both face-to-face and online.

Total Credits - 32+

NOTE: Course requirements for persons seeking their first teaching certificate vary slightly from those who already have a teaching certificate.

Professional Education Courses - Elementary Education Core:

NOTE: Content major or two minors required - see Majors and Minors for Elementary Education Certification chart.

Listed below are the required graduate professional education courses for Michigan elementary-teaching credentials which must be taken. If a student has taken the undergraduate-level course, he/she does not need to repeat the graduate-level course (the undergraduate course meets the requirement for certification but does not count towards a master’s degree) Graduate-level students who are qualifying for certification and wish to apply credit to a graduate degree must select courses at the graduate level.

The Planned Program Minor - 20

The planned program minor consists of a group of courses related to teaching in the elementary school and is required by the State of Michigan. All courses listed must be completed either in the Planned Program minor or in other areas of the degree requirements. The total credits in the planned program minor must be at least 20.

Admission Requirements


  • An undergraduate degree with a major and/or a minor(s) in teaching area(s).
  • MAT students are required to meet the same requirements for a content major/minor as undergraduate students. If these requirements have not been met, they will need to be completed as soon as possible. Graduate level education courses may be taken concurrently; however any undergraduate requirements will need to be met before student teaching can be done.

Program Procedures

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) optional.
  • Apply for admission to the Andrews University College of Education & International Services.
  • Request evaluation of transcripts by the Certification Registrar.
  • Develop a course plan in collaboration with advisor.
  • Take initial classes during the first semester.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA. 
  • Students transferring in a major and/or minor must pass the relevant MTTC Subject Exams during their first semester of enrollment.
  • Apply for admission to the teacher preparation program and student teaching candidacy during EDTE 508 (see here).
  • Continue course work.
  • Take the MTTC Elementary Exam and the Subject Area section(s) of the MTTC.
  • Complete course work, including EDTE 588 & EDCI 696.
  • Apply for teaching certificate.
  • Students should apply for Advancement to Candidacy at the time they begin First Days of School Experience or the summer prior to Student Teaching.

Field Work and Comprehensive Examinations. Field work and comprehensive examinations may be required at the discretion of the subject specialization advisor and/or the professional education advisor. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will:

  • Explain worldviews and trace their historical development.
  • Critique worldviews from a Christian perspective.
  • Integrate principles of a Christian worldview into their chosen fields of study.
  • Describe human development.
  • Apply current theories of learning.
  • Facilitate change in groups and organizations.
  • Relate effectively with various cultural, racial and special interest groups.
  • Identify political and legal issues.
  • Manage human, financial and material resources.
  • Demonstrate servant leadership.
  • Communicate effectively in written, verbal, and non-verbal forms.
  • Use electronic tools effectively for professional communication, teaching and research.
  • Read and evaluate research.
  • Conduct research.
  • Report research findings.
  • Demonstrate continuing professional development.
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in all professional activities.
  • Demonstrate balanced physical, mental, spiritual and social development.

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