This program is undergoing curricular revision.  Please contact the department for program status.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Language Arts:  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 K-9 teaching licensure.  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 three semesters, students are connecting those themes to their clinical teaching experiences inside K-8 classrooms.  In total, the MAT program includes 200 hours of clinical teaching prior to a full-term of full-time student teaching within a grade level range of their choice (K-2, 3-5, 6-8).

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: 

Per ISBE requirements, all students admitted into the program before September 1, 2015 must complete their ELED or ELED/BLBC program by September 1, 2017 or be subjected to the requirements of the new program.  Students must also apply for licensure and be entitled by September 1, 2018.

Students who are unable to complete the program by September 1, 2017, will have to be re-admitted to the new program, have transcripts evaluated, and may have to take additional coursework.

It is in your best interest to complete your MAT in ELED or MAT in ELED w/BLBC program within this timeline.  Our advisors are always available to you for guidance through your professional sequence coursework.

Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college.

  • A minimum grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).

  • Passing score on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP).  Or, in lieu of the TAP test: ACT Plus Writing composite score of at least 22 and a minimum 19 in combined English/writing or an SAT (critical reading and mathematics) composite score of 1030 and a minimum 450 in writing.

  • Two letters of professional recommendation.

  • A 500-word writing sample essay as part of the program application

  • Meeting with the MAT Program Advisor

  • On-campus group interview (consult program advisor)

State Teacher Tests and Endorsements

According to Illinois state law, MAT students are required to pass:  Content-Area Test (#110) and, beginning September 1, 2015, 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.

Note: Currently, the ISBE requires licensure candidates to pass the APT exam. This regulation is in the process of being changed.  Please check with your advisor or the department chair about the status of the APT exam.

Requirements for the MAT in Language Arts: Elementary Education (ELED)

ELED-506Research Methodologies For Classroom Teachers3
EDFN-442Media Technology For Educators3
LTCY-402Issues In Literacy Instruction3
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-403Methods Of Teaching Mathematics In Elementary And Middle Schools3
ELED-415Teaching Science As Inquiry In Elementary And Middle School3
ELED-416Social Studies As Inquiry3
ELED-428AClinical Teaching: Literacy1
ELED-428BClinical Diversity1
ELED-428CClinical Teaching: Content Areas1
ELED-429Internship In Elementary Education6
Total Hours48
1

Note: ELED-428A, ELED-428B, and ELED-428C do not meet as a class.  See the clinical experience section below.

Clinical Experience

The MAT-ELED program has three clinical experiences prior to student teaching, ELED-428AELED-428B, and ELED-428C.  All clinicals are a combination of classroom observation and teaching. These do not have separate classes or seminars.  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-428A and ELED-428B clinicals are in K-5 classrooms; students will be observed teaching by their university supervisor a minimum of two times.  For the 428C clinical, the student is placed with a middle school team and divides the time in science, social studies, and math classrooms, and are 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 (#110) 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, except edTPA.  Successful completion of two Exit Projects:  Curriculum Design and Student Learning Project (CLP) and Teacher as a Learner Project (TLP).

EXIT REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM COMPLETION/ENTITLEMENT

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

Note: Currently, the ISBE requires licensure candidates to pass the APT exam. This regulation is in the process of being changed.  Please check with your advisor or the department chair about the status of the APT exam.

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
ELED-506Research Methodologies For Classroom Teachers3
EDFN-442Media Technology For Educators3
 Term Hours6
Term 2
LTCY-402Issues In Literacy Instruction3
ELED-504Teaching Writing: Purpose, Voice, Craft3
ELED-435Children's And Young Adult Literature3
ELED-428AClinical Teaching: Literacy1
 Term Hours10
Term 3
EDFN-406Human Development And Learning3
BLBC-440Methods For Teaching English Learners In Diverse Classrooms3
SPED-404Survey Of The Field Of Special Education3
ELED-428BClinical Diversity1
 Term Hours10
Second Year
Term 1
EDFN-405Development Of Educational Thought3
ELED-525New Literacies For The 21st Century3
ELED-428BClinical Diversity1
 Term Hours7
Term 2
ELED-403Methods Of Teaching Mathematics In Elementary And Middle Schools3
ELED-415Teaching Science As Inquiry In Elementary And Middle School3
ELED-416Social Studies As Inquiry3
ELED-428CClinical Teaching: Content Areas1
 Term Hours10
Term 3
ELED-429Internship In Elementary Education6
 Term Hours6
 Total Hours: 49