The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT):  Elementary Education Program is designed for students with a Bachelor’s degree in a field other than education and who want to become elementary school teachers.  Upon successful completion of our MAT program and passing scores on all required state proficiency tests, students will obtain a graduate degree and State of Illinois 1-6 teaching license.  All MAT courses meet in the late afternoon and evening with a pre-set class schedule and sequence to allow students to complete the program in six semesters. 

Each semester has students focusing on a specific educational theme: Teacher as Learner; Literacy Across the Curriculum; Teaching for Human Diversity; Curriculum & Schooling Past, Present, and Future; and Inquiry Through the Content Areas. For two semesters, students are connecting those themes to their clinical teaching experiences in 1-6 classrooms.  In total, the MAT program includes 200 hours of clinical teaching prior to a semester of full-time student teaching within a 1-6 grade level range.

The MAT program is designed to prepare teachers with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to create dynamic, student-centered classrooms for the 21st century.  As designers of creative and critical curriculum, students will learn to truly engage their students in an exploration and understanding of our fascinating, complex, and diverse world.  The MAT program has an emphasis on teaching for cultural diversity, teaching diverse students, project- and inquiry-based teaching, authentic literacy across the curriculum, technology integration, and 21st century skills. 

NOTE:

The MAT ELED Program is a Fall admit program that can be completed in six consecutive semesters.

NOTE: 

Per ISBE requirements, all students admitted into the program before September 1, 2015 must complete their ELED or ELED/BLBC program by September 1, 2018 or be subjected to the requirements of the new program.  Students must also apply for licensure and be entitled by September 1, 2019.

Students who are unable to complete the program by September 1, 2018, will have to be re-admitted to the new program, have transcripts evaluated, and may have to take additional coursework.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and Research.  Students entering the graduate program are not expected to have any prior preparation or knowledge the field.  In addition, applicants must provide:

  • 2 letters of professional recommendation
  • a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • MAT program application and writing sample
  • Passing score on the Illinois State Test of Academic Proficiency or ACT plus Writing or SAT.

State Teacher Tests and Endorsements

According to Illinois state law, MAT students are required to pass:  Content-Area Test (#197-200) and the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).  See your MAT Elementary Education program advisor for more information regarding edTPA.  More information is available at:  http://www.il.nesinc.com andhttp://www.isbe.net/licensure/requirements/toc.htm.

Requirements for the MAT in Elementary Education (ELED)

LTCY-501Literacy Instruction In Elementary Grades3
or LTCY-402 Issues In Literacy Instruction
BLBC-439Cultural Diversity In Our Schools3
EDFN-443Integrating Media Technology Into Elementary Classroom3
ELED-501Curriculum And Instruction1
ELED-504Teaching Writing: Purpose, Voice, Craft3
ELED-435Children's And Young Adult Literature3
EDFN-406Human Development And Learning3
BLBC-440Methods For Teaching English Learners In Diverse Classrooms3
SPED-404Survey Of The Field Of Special Education3
EDFN-405Development Of Educational Thought3
ELED-525New Literacies For The 21st Century3
ELED-403Teaching Mathematics In Elementary Grades3
ELED-415Teaching Science As Inquiry In Elementary Grades3
ELED-416Social Studies As Inquiry3
ELED-428Clinical Teaching1
ELED-428CClinical Teaching: Content Areas1
ELED-429Internship In Elementary Education6
Total Hours48

Clinical Experience

The MAT-ELED program has two clinical experiences prior to student teaching,  ELED-428, and ELED-428C.  All clinicals are a combination of classroom observation and teaching.  Each clinical experience is connected to the courses taken during the term.  Discussion and assignments for the clinical experiences are integrated into the courses.  The ELED-428 clinical are in 1-4 classrooms; students will be observed teaching by their university supervisor a minimum of three times.  For the 428C clinical, the student is placed in a 3-6 classroom, and is observed teaching by their university supervisor a minimum of three times. 

STUDENT TEACHING

Student teaching is full day for 16 weeks.  Students will be observed teaching by their university supervisor a minimum of five times. Passing score on the Content-Area Test (#200-197) is required for admission into student teaching. 

EXIT REQUIREMENTS FOR DEGREE COMPLETION

Successful completion of all program coursework, clinical experiences and student teaching.  Successful completion of Professional Education sequence courses and requirements, including submission of edTPA.  Successful completion of  an Exit Project: Teacher as a Learner Project (TLP).

EXIT REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM COMPLETION/ENTITLEMENT

Successful completion of all exit requirements for degree completion and evidence of a passing score on edTPA.  

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
BLBC-439Cultural Diversity In Our Schools3
EDFN-443Integrating Media Technology Into Elementary Classroom3
ELED-501Curriculum And Instruction1
 Term Hours7
Term 2
LTCY-402Issues In Literacy Instruction3
SPED-404Survey Of The Field Of Special Education3
EDFN-406Human Development And Learning3
 Term Hours9
Term 3
ELED-525New Literacies For The 21st Century3
EDFN-405Development Of Educational Thought3
 Term Hours6
Second Year
Term 1
ELED-435Children's And Young Adult Literature3
ELED-504Teaching Writing: Purpose, Voice, Craft3
BLBC-440Methods For Teaching English Learners In Diverse Classrooms3
ELED-428Clinical Teaching1
 Term Hours10
Term 2
ELED-403Teaching Mathematics In Elementary Grades3
ELED-415Teaching Science As Inquiry In Elementary Grades3
ELED-416Social Studies As Inquiry3
ELED-428CClinical Teaching: Content Areas1
 Term Hours10
Term 3
ELED-429Internship In Elementary Education6
 Term Hours6
 Total Hours: 48