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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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.

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

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 

Students interested in the Middle Childhood program select two teaching/content areas from Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Those interested in the Intervention Specialist program can earn one or both licenses: K-12 Mild-to-Moderate or K-12 Moderate-to-Intensive.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program requires a combination of graduate and undergraduate work. Contact the Graduate School advisor for personalized program requirements.

Class Scheduling

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed to be a part-time program with the majority of graduate coursework offered in the evenings or in a blended format. A transrcript 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 during spring semester of the final year. 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.

Class Schedule

Concentration Areas for Middle Childhood Program

  • General information

  • Language Arts and Reading (36 sem. hrs.) Does not include Reading Endorsement

  • Mathematics (24 sem. hours)

  • Science (28 sem. hrs.)

  • Social Studies (28 sem. hours)

Middle Childhood Master of Arts in Teaching Students can also add:

Admission to Otterbein's MAT Program

Applying for admission to the MAT program at Otterbein is straightforward. Click here to learn how to apply. Questions can be directed to Gaby Miller, a Graduate Education specialist.

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