The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Elementary Classroom Teaching is an ideal degree for those wishing to specialize in curriculum and instruction at the elementary level.
Elementary classroom teachers are typically responsible for teaching multiple subject areas to a classroom of students with a variety of interests, abilities, and backgrounds. Students enrolled in this program will build confidence in teaching, new ideas for current best practices of teaching, and develop skills for addressing the needs of all students. This program will also provide opportunity to work with peers in the field. Courses integrate theory and practice to provide multiple opportunities for applications in the classroom. (36 credits)
Teachers certified at the secondary level or in a specialty area K-12 (e.g. music, art, physical education or foreign language) have the option to earn an elementary level endorsement which will enable them to teach the following:
• K-5 all subjects
• K-8 all subjects in a self-contained classroom
• 6-8 in approved minor areas
Elementary teachers play a vital role in the development of children. What children learn and experience during their early years can shape their views of themselves and the world and can affect their later success or failure in school, work, and their personal lives. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers introduce children to mathematics, language, science, and social studies. They use games, music, artwork, films, books, computers, and other tools to teach basic skills.
According to the Occupational Information Network ( http://online.onetcenter.org/ ), there should be a projected growth through 2018 of 14-19% for elementary teachers, faster than average. The median wage for elementary school teachers in 2008 was $49,330.
The Occupational Information Network lists a 6% growth for elementary teachers in Michigan throughout 2016. The median annual salary for Michigan elementary teachers was $54,700 in 2008.