Northeastern Illinois University

College of Education

Teaching Elementary and Middle School, M.A.T.


5500 N. St. Louis Avenue

Graduate Admissions, Room D-101D

Chicago, IL 60625

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Teaching Elementary & Middle School, M.A.T.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is open to individuals with a B.A. in a field other than teaching and who want to be K-8 teachers. Students who complete the MAT program earn K-9 licensure, a Masters degree, and middle school endorsement. The MAT program is designed for our students to develop the craft, knowledge, and skills to be successful, creative, caring, and critical teachers for the 21st century. Clinical & Student Teaching MAT students do a total of 200 clinical teaching hours prior to student teaching. In Terms 2 and 3 students have 50-hour clinicals in K-5 classrooms; in Term 5 students are with a middle grade team for a 100-hour clinical. Student teaching is full-time for 16 weeks. All efforts are made to place MAT students in a grade level range of their interest for student teaching (K-2, 3-5, or 6-8). Program of Study: Term 1 ELED 506 Research Methodologies for Classroom Teachers INMD 410 Media technology for Educators Term 2 LTCY 402 Issues In Reading Instruction ELED 504 Teaching Writing: Purpose, Voice, Craft ELED 435 Literature for Elementary and Middle School Term 3 SPED 504 Survey of the Field of Special Education BLBC 440 Teaching in Culture & Language Diverse Classrooms EDFN 406 Human Development and Learning Term 4 ELED 525 New Literacies for the 21st Century EDFN 405 Development of Educational Thought Term 5 ELED 403 Methods and Problems Teaching Math ELED 415 Teaching Science as Inquiry ELED 416 Social Studies as Inquiry Term 6 ELED 429 Student Teaching


The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Colleges of Teacher Education (NCATE), the premier accrediting body approved by the U.S. Department of Education. This means that our programs and our faculty undergo a rigorous peer review process every seven years. Our theme, COE Professionals; Reflective, Collaborative, Transformative, underpins our emphasis on our performance standards aligned with the Illinois Standards for School Professionals (IPTS). Our programs in School and Community Counseling are not only recognized by NCATE but they undergo a separate peer review process and are accredited by CACREP, the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. So, you can see that the COE at NEIU represents the highest standards of professional excellence, commitment to diversity, and collaboration with each other and with our local community.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 48

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): In-state $364.60 Out-of-state $671.60 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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