Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Elementary Education

Online-Synchronous 39 major credits * 2.5 years

Affordable Tuition


*if using financial aid

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Program Objectives

  • Designed to deliver outstanding teacher preparation.
  • Upon successful completion of degree requirements, candidates are eligible for a Professional Educators License with an Elementary education endorsement from the State of Illinois for Grades 1 through 6.
  • The program emphasizes development of core competencies in instructional planning, delivery and assessment and support for diversity in educational settings.
  • How to lead a classroom ethically.
  • The importance of reflective practice and the role of standards within the profession.
  • Development of collaborative relationships to serve the learning of every child.

**Program begins in Spring and Fall Only**


General Education Requirements:

Content Area 1 – Communication and Composition

  • Course in Advanced Composition
  • Course in Public Speaking/Speech-Communication

Content Area 2 – Mathematics

  • Course in College Algebra or higher
  • Course in College Geometry or higher

Content Area 3 – Natural Sciences (once course must have a lab)

  • Course in Life Science
  • Course in Physical Science

Content Area 4 – Humanities (9 credit hours made up from two areas)

  • Fine or Performing arts
  • History, Philosophy, Literature
  • 1 Course in American History (Required)

Content Area 5 – Social & Behavioral Sciences (9 semester hours made up from two areas)

  • Coursework from Psychology or Sociology
  • Coursework from Political Science, Economics or Geography

* Applicants must transfer in one course classified as Non-Western course or area of study. Applicants must have transcripted coursework in an academic major/minor content area common to elementary education curriculum with grades C or higher.

MAT Program Curriculum:

Program entry Courses (9 hours): Perquisites to Professional Courses and admissions to the College of Education. Courses are to be taken concurrently in the first semester of the program.

  • EDCU 6150 (3 ch) Foundations of Education
  • EDCU 6250 (3 ch) Integrating and Assessing Learning in Diverse Classrooms
  • EDCU 6350 (3 ch) Learning, Language Acquisition, and Cognition across Cultures

Upon completion of the Program Entry Courses, Education Studies students must be admitted to the College of Education to continue and enter the MAT Elementary education program as Teacher Candidates before enrolling into the Professional Courses. See “Transition Point One” in the General Information section of the Graduate Catalog for more information.

Block 1 Professional Courses (9 hours) taken concurrently in the same semester

  • EDEL 6901 (3 ch) Teaching English Language Arts: Content
  • EDEL 6902 (3 ch) Teaching English Language Arts: Methods and Assessment
  • EDEL 6290 (3 ch) Characteristics and Instruction of Exceptional Learners

Summer 1 Professional Courses (3 hours)

  • EDEL 6922 (3 ch) Professionalism, Leadership, Communication, and Ethics for Pre-service Elementary Teachers

Block 2 Professional Courses (9 hours) taken concurrently in the same semester.

  • EDEL 6906 (3 ch) Teaching Science: Content
  • EDEL 6907 (3 ch) Teaching Science: Methods and Assessment
  • EDEL 6910 (3 ch) Teaching Social Studies: Content, Methods, and Assessment

Block 3 Professional Courses (9 hours) taken concurrently in the same semester

  • EDEL 6914 (3 ch) Teaching Mathematics: Content
  • EDEL 6915 (3 ch) Teaching Mathematics: Methods and Assessment
  • EDEL 6918 (3 ch) Teaching Physical Education and the Fine Arts: Content, Methods, and Assessment

Summer 2 Professional Courses (3 hours)

  • EDUC 6920 (3 ch) Introduction to Research Methodology: Action Research

Student Teaching Internship (6 ch)

  • EDEL 6920 (6 ch) Elementary Grades Student Teaching Internship

The Student Teaching Internship is in an elementary classroom every day during the sixteen-week semester under the guidance of a Cooperating Teacher. The Student Teacher will be supported and evaluated by a University Supervisor. Candidates must meet the requirements for Transition Point Two: Admission to the Student Teaching Internship Semester to begin the internship. Subsequently, candidates must meet the requirements for Transition Point Three: Completion of the Student Teaching Internship Semester. Attendance at schedule edTPA seminars and Colloquium is required. The Student Teaching Internship Semester Handbook provides details and guidelines for meeting the criteria for successful completion of the Internship Semester and the process for obtaining the Illinois Professional Educators License.

The Illinois State Board of Education has defined specific General Education requirements for all Elementary Educators. Candidates for the MAT Elementary program must submit transcripts that document that they have met these general education requirements prior to entering the program.