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.

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Master of Arts in Teaching Program - Make a Difference in the Classroom 

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.

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.

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 to Otterbein's MAT Program is straightforward. Apply now!

Course Descriptions and Education Department Information * See the Graduate Catalog for full course descriptions and other information about the program. * Additional information can be found in the MAT_Program Booklet_2016-2017

Graduate Education Personnel

Dr. Kristin Bourdage, Ph.D.
Education Department Chair

Dr. Daniel Cho, Ph.D.
Graduate Education Director

Amy Featherstone
counselor/recruiter/ for licensed teachers

Gaby Miller
counselor/recruiter/ for initial licensure

Janin Rosas
Graduate Assistant for Education