Teaching Elementary & Middle School, M.A.T.
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:
ELED 506 Research Methodologies for Classroom Teachers
INMD 410 Media technology for Educators
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
ELED 525 New Literacies for the 21st Century
EDFN 405 Development of Educational Thought
ELED 403 Methods and Problems Teaching Math
ELED 415 Teaching Science as Inquiry
ELED 416 Social Studies as Inquiry
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