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Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary, Secondary, K-12
Marianne Glenn, Ed.D., Coordinator
The Master of Arts in Teaching contains professional courses to assist candidates in qualifying for Illinois State Certification (Type 03, 09, 10). The emphasis of the program is placed on meeting the entrance requirements to the profession of teaching. The program combines professional study with practical classroom experience in the form of four required practicums, 20 hours each and student teaching. The focus is on the preparation of prospective teachers who use diverse and inclusive instructional approaches aimed at helping all students reach increasingly higher standards of behavioral and academic performance. Passing scores on the Basic Skills Test/Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), the Illinois Content Area Test, and the Assessment of Professional Teaching Test, along with a minimum 3.0 grade point average are required. In addition, Illinois standards currently require that all professional education, general education courses for teachers, major, endorsement, and supporting courses require a grade of "C" or better for teacher certification and graduation.
As of 2012, passage of an appropriate content area test is required before student teaching and passage of appropriate APT test is required for completion of the approved Illinois educator preparation program and graduation.
EDUC 739A – Professional Portfolio Development I
739B – Professional Portfolio Development II
740A – Teaching as a Profession I
740B – Teaching as a Profession II
740C – Teaching as a Profession III
742 – Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education
743 – Human Development and Learning
748 – Educational Technology
749 – Teaching Diverse Populations
750 – General Methods: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
751 – Instructional Planning/Classroom Management
766 – Multi-Ethnic Experiences
For Elementary Education Candidates Only
EDUC 754A – Elementary School Reading
755 – Content Teaching Methods: Language Arts/Social Studies (Elementary)
756 – Content Teaching Methods: Math/Science (Elementary)
791 – Student Teaching (Elementary)
For Secondary Education Candidates Only
EDUC 753 – Content Teaching Methods (Secondary)
754B – Secondary/Middle/K-12 School Reading
792 – Student Teaching (Secondary)
For K-12 Education Candidates Only
EDUC 754B – Secondary/Middle/K-12 School Reading
758 – Content Teaching Methods (K-12)
793 – Student Teaching (K-12)
See General Policies section on Criminal and Fingerprint Background check – required for MAT program.
Candidates pursuing a Middle School endorsement are also required to complete EDUC 767 - Early Adolescent Psychology.