MAT – Secondary Education - Master of Arts in Teaching

Program Objectives:

  • Designed to prepare qualified professionals for teaching in a high school setting.
  • Upon successful completion of degree program, students will be awarded a Master of Arts in Teaching and are eligible to apply through Concordia for a Professional Educator License (PEL) with a Secondary Education Endorsement (grades 6-12 for program completers who are licensed prior to 2018, after 2018 secondary level are 9-12 inclusive.)
  • Students who have approved subject area requirements and take two additional courses will be eligible for a middle school endorsement through the State of Illinois for program completers until January 31. 2018 (endorsement must be issued on or before January 31, 2018).

Areas of Study:

Prerequisite to Methods Courses- 9 hours

  • EDUC- 6435 Introduction to Education
  • EDUC- 6045 Theories of Learning and Cognition
  • EDUC- 6040 Classroom Teaching Skills

Professional Courses- 21 hours

  • EDUC- 6415 Professional Responsibility and Ethics for Teachers
  • EDUC- 6425 Psychology and Methods of Teaching and the Exceptional Learner
  • EDSC- 6570 Teaching at the Secondary Level
  • EDUC- 6445 Introduction to Research for Pre-Service Teachers
  • EDSC- 6220 Reading in Middle and Secondary Schools

Professional Instructional Methods course in the content area:

  • Teaching English: Middle and Secondary Schools
  • Teaching Mathematics: Middle and Secondary Schools
  • Content and Methods for Teaching Physical Education at the Middle and Secondary Levels
  • Teaching Social Sciences: Middle and Secondary Level
  • Teaching Science: Middle and Secondary Schools

Secondary Major

  • One Graduate Course in the Secondary Major

Student Teaching Internship Semester- 9 hours

  • EDUC- 6060 Classroom Management and Assessment

Student Teaching Internship course in the content area:

  • EDSC- 6932 Secondary English Student Teaching
  • EDSC- 6933 Secondary Math Student Teaching
  • EDSC- 6934 Secondary Physical Education Student Teaching
  • EDSC- 6935 Secondary Science Student Teaching
  • EDSC- 6936 Secondary Social Studies Student Teaching

Capstone Experience

  • Positive Impact Presentation on student learning
  • Teacher Performance Assessment [edTPA]- state required portfolio to be submitted and passed prior to licensing.

Clinical Experience (Pre-Professional Hours)

  • 100 hours (all pre-professional hours are embedded in the MAT coursework and must be completed prior to student teaching). Each course will describe the number of hours required to be completed in classroom and the nature of the experience that a candidate must complete.

Secondary Education Major Subject Content Endorsement Areas- 32 hours

  • English/Language Arts/Speech
  • Mathematics
  • Science: Biology
  • Science: Chemistry
  • Physical Education
  • Social Sciences