The MAT in Secondary Education has been designed for students who wish to obtain initial teacher licensure as part of a Master’s Degree. Candidates will enter the program as part of a cohort (in one of four areas: Language Arts, Social Science (History), Mathematics, or Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Earth Science), and have the opportunity to both work collaboratively with candidates in other disciplines and intensively with those in their own discipline. Candidates will be eligible to apply for licensure following their third semester of full-time coursework, and have the option of completing their MAT as either full- or part-time students.

The 37-credit MAT program has four components of coursework:

  • A professional core in the area of educational foundations, curriculum and instruction, adolescent development, literacy, educational technology and research (15 credit hours, 20 hours of community-based experiences).
  • A content-specific curriculum and pedagogy sequence (7 credit hours, including 80 hours of clinical experiences).
  • Student teaching plus seminar (9 credit hours, including a 16 week, full-time student teaching internship and a reflective seminar. Per Illinois State Board of Education Policy, candidates will also complete and submit their edTPA performance assessment during their student teaching semester).
  • MAT research and elective courses, including options such as teaching English as a Second Language, Educational Foundations, Multicultural Education, Special Education, Middle Level education, and graduate-level content areas courses (6 credit hours, including one elective and one MAT research course).

MAT candidates will be eligible for their initial Professional Educators License (PEL) and endorsement after successfully completing their student teaching internship and state licensure requirements; they will be eligible for their MAT after completing all 37 graduate credits. Some candidates may be eligible for course waivers or additional endorsements based upon their prior content-area, undergraduate, or MAT elective coursework; program advisors will work with candidates to determine whether they qualify for any of these options.

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited university as documented by submission of official transcripts, with undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4-point scale
  • Undergraduate major in subject area of desired endorsement OR equivalent coursework to meet ISBE requirements for desired endorsement area. (Candidates who require no more than 2 additional content-area courses may be conditionally admitted but must fulfill their content-area requirements prior to student teaching)
  • Admission to the College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR)
  • 1-2 page statement detailing reasons for applying to the program in their desired content area
  • 15-30 minute personal interview
  • Passing score on Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency or ACT plus Writing or SAT with Writing

Retention Requirements

  • Program GPA of 3.0, with no more than 6 credits of “C” grades, and no grades lower than “C”
  • Successful completion of content deficiencies
  • Grade of “B” or “A” for pre-student teaching clinical experience, prior to student teaching
  • Satisfactory progress toward program completion, as defined by the College of Graduate Studies and Research
  • Satisfactory progress on MAT Program Portfolio (MAT only)
  • Satisfactory review from faculty disposition assessments
  • Passing score on Illinois State Content Exam 

Program Completion/Licensure Requirements (TLP and MAT)

  • Successful completion of all coursework with GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Grade of “B” or “A” for student teaching internship
  • Passing score on Illinois state-required teacher performance exam, e.g., edTPA 

MAT Only Completion Requirements

  • Successful completion of MAT Program Portfolio
  • Successful completion of SCED 421: Action Research in Schools and one graduate elective course
  • Satisfactory final review from faculty disposition assessment

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.

Requirements for the degree

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a 37-credit hour program, and the Teacher Licensure Program (TLP) is a 31-credit hour program based on the courses listed below. 

Required for Both MAT and TLP (31 hours)

EDFN-409Individual Differences And Educational Practice3
EDFN-415Educational Thought And Secondary Schooling3
EDFN-452Computer Technology In Content Area Teaching1.5
LTCY-502Literacy Instruction In Content Areas In Secondary Grades3
One of the following disciplinary methods courses:3
Methods Of Teaching English Language Arts In Secondary Schools
Methods Of Teaching History And Social Sciences In Secondary Schools
Methods Of Teaching Mathematics In Secondary Schools
Methods Of Teaching Science In Secondary Schools
One of the following disciplinary advanced methods courses:3
New Directions In Teaching English Language Arts In Secondary Schools
New Directions In Teaching History In The Secondary Schools
New Directions In Teaching Mathematics In Secondary Schools
New Directions In Teaching Science In Secondary Schools
One of the following clinical courses:1
Clinical Experience In Secondary Schools: English Language Arts
Clinical Experiences In Secondary Schools: History
Clinical Experience In Secondary Schools: Mathematics
Clinical Experiences In Secondary Schools: Science
SCED-415Introduction To Secondary School Curriculum3
SCED-429Student Teaching In Secondary Schools6
SCED-430Student Teaching Seminar: Reflection And Assessment Of Student Learning3
SPED-417Inclusive Teaching Strategies For Secondary Teachers1.5
Total Hours31

Additional Requirements for MAT only (6 hours)

SCED-421Research In Teaching In Middle And Secondary Schools 13
One Elective (ex. SCED, SPED, EDFN, LTCY, TESOL, or Academic Discipline3
Total Hours6

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-415Educational Thought And Secondary Schooling3
SCED-415Introduction To Secondary School Curriculum3
LTCY-502Literacy Instruction In Content Areas In Secondary Grades3
Choose one of the following discipline-specific methods courses: SCED-402E, SCED-402H, SCED-402M, or SCED-402-S 3
 Term Hours12
Term 2
EDFN-409Individual Differences And Educational Practice3
SPED-417Inclusive Teaching Strategies For Secondary Teachers1.5
EDFN-452Computer Technology In Content Area Teaching1.5
Choose one of the following discipline-specific advanced methods courses: SCED-403E, SCED-403H, SCED-403M, or SCED-403-S 3
Choose one of the following discipline-specific clinical courses: SCED-404E, SCED-404H, SCED-404M, or SCED-404-S 1
 Term Hours10
Second Year
Term 1
SCED-429Student Teaching In Secondary Schools6
SCED-430Student Teaching Seminar: Reflection And Assessment Of Student Learning3
 Term Hours9
 Total Hours: 31

Upon completing the plan of study above, MAT and TLP candidates will be eligible to apply for teacher licensure. MAT candidates must complete the additional semester below to receive their degree.

Second Year
Term 2Hours
SCED-421Research In Teaching In Middle And Secondary Schools3
One Elective (ex. SCED, SPED, EDFN, LTCY, TESOL, or Academic Discipline3
 Term Hours6
 Total Hours: 6