This program is undergoing changes. Contact the department for information about this program.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Language Arts: Secondary Education Program has been designed for returning students who wish to obtain initial teacher licensure at the secondary level along with a master’s degree in the area of English/Language Arts instruction. This program has three components of coursework:

  • Professional Core in the areas of multicultural education, media technology, literacy theory/pedagogy, general curriculum development, and research: 18 credit hours

  • Concentration in Language Arts with courses in curriculum and instruction, reading/literacy, adolescent literature, linguistics, TESL, English and/or speech: 18 credit hours,

  • Licensure coursework composed of additional pedagogical study and field experiences (including 100 hours of clinical experiences and student teaching internship): 9 credit hours.

Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in English, with a minimum of 32 credit hours in English (composition or literature), Speech-Drama, and/or Linguistics, from an accredited university or college

  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale)

  • Six (6) credit hours in the history/ philosophy of education (EDFN-405, or the equivalent) and educational psychology (learning and development: EDFN-406, or the equivalent)

  • Passage of the Illinois Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)/ Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP).  ACT plus writing or SAT scores may be eligible to be used in lieu of these tests.1   Students who choose to use the ACT plus Writing or SAT score for admission to the Goodwin College of Education must request that ACT or SAT send an official score report to themselves for college approval and send an official score report to Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). More information Goodwin College Admission Website.  If scores are not reflected in the student’s ELIS account, NEIU will not be able to complete the entitlement process.

Criminal Background Check

Candidates are required to complete a criminal background check prior to school placement for clinicals and student teaching. More information can be obtained from the CEST Office.

Exit Requirements for Degree Completion

Successful completion of Levels one through three, with exception of passing score on edTPA.

Exit Requirements for Program Completion/Entitlement:

MAT students are required to pass State of Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) prior to program admission and the Subject Matter Knowledge test prior to student teaching. Study guides and applications for these tests are available at http://www.il.nesinc.com

Successful completion of Levels one through three, with evidence of passing score on edTPA. 

Middle School Endorsement requirements are integrated into the coursework of the secondary sequence, and students who complete the MAT Program by September 1, 2017 will receive Middle School Endorsement on their license.

Requirements for the degree

Program students must see their advisor to obtain a copy of the course sequence and the program retention criteria. All graduate credits will be at the 400 level, except for a limited number of 300 level courses specifically approved for graduate degree credits in a given Master’s degree program. Departments may permit students to apply up to three of these 300 level courses, to a maximum of ten credit hours, to fulfill program requirements. This policy applies to all students entering graduate degree programs beginning with Fall 1997. Consult with your program advisor or the College of Graduate Studies and Research for details.

Secondary Sequence: 45 credit hours

1. Professional Core
EDFN-416Cultural Pluralism And Schools3
SCED-401LNew Directions In The Teaching Of English In The Junior & Senior High School With Clinical Experienc 13
ELED-430Trends And Issues In Assessment3
EDFN-442Media Technology For Educators3
LTCY-502Literacy Instruction In Content Areas In Secondary Grades3
SCED-421LResearch In Classroom Teaching Of Language Arts3
SCED-407ATeaching Multicultural Young Adult Literature In The Secondary School With Clinical Experience 13
LTCY-506Writing Instruction In Middle & High School3
LING-401Fundamentals Of Modern Linguistics3
or TESL-402 Principles Of Linguistics For Teachers
Electives selected from areas of English Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, Linguistics, TESL, or Speech 29
2. Certification Component
SPED-404Survey Of The Field Of Special Education3
SCED-429Internship In Secondary Education 16
3. Oral Examination 3
Total Hours45
1

Apply to CEST Office, LWH-4023 12 months in advance

2

See your program advisor for recommended courses

3

A final oral exam scheduled in the final term of completion of all coursework.

This sample curricular map is provided to guide you in the planning of your progression for this major.  This guide should not replace regular consultations with your program advisor. For specific recommendations of courses not identified, please consult your program advisor.

First Year
Term 1Hours
EDFN-416Cultural Pluralism And Schools3
LTCY-502Literacy Instruction In Content Areas In Secondary Grades3
EDFN-442Media Technology For Educators3
 Term Hours9
Term 2
SPED-404Survey Of The Field Of Special Education3
LING-401 or TESL 402Fundamentals Of Modern Linguistics3
1 Elective course3
 Term Hours9
Second Year
Term 1
SCED-407ATeaching Multicultural Young Adult Literature In The Secondary School With Clinical Experience3
LTCY-506Writing Instruction In Middle High School3
1 Elective course3
 Term Hours9
Term 2
SCED-401LNew Directions In The Teaching Of English In The Junior Senior High School With Clinical Experienc3
ELED-430Trends And Issues In Assessment3
1 Elective course3
 Term Hours9
Third Year
Term 1
SCED-429Internship In Secondary Education6
SCED-421LResearch In Classroom Teaching Of Language Arts3
 Term Hours9
 Total Hours: 45