Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Elementary Education
National Louis University's Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education program is designed for career changers who want to work toward their Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) endorsed for self-contained general education (K-9)
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Start your elementary teaching degree before October 2015 to avoid changes in state regulations.
Beginning your elementary teaching degree in June or September 2015 is your last opportunity to obtain your Professional Educator¹s License (PEL) for Grades K-9. In October 2015, a change in Illinois State Board of Education rules will limit you to obtaining your PEL only for Grades 1-6.
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Consider getting your Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Elementary Education at NLU if you:
- Have a bachelor's degree in another discipline
- Plan to teach at the elementary or middle level
- Would like to get your degree in as few as 15 months
- Want to study at a well-established teaching institution
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- How to teach students while taking into account their unique learning styles. The guiding principle of NLU instructional methods is based on constructivist philosophy: that learning is an active social process and teachers are the facilitators in that process.
- Best practices in the classroom, and how to apply appropriate teaching methods to language arts, reading, math, social studies, sciences and health and physical education.
- How to assess and evaluate your techniques, and how to use research to enhance your teaching practices.
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010–2011 Edition, employment for teachers is projected to grow about 13 percent between 2008 and 2018. Many job openings will continue to result from the need to replace the large number of teachers expected to retire during this same period. Currently, our country's education schools don't graduate an adequate number of qualified teachers to meet the demand, and job prospects are best in areas including urban and rural school districts.
NLU students are recognized by school principals as teachers who are comfortable in the classroom, can improve student performance and understand how schools are run.
Want to enroll in a teacher-preparation program at NLU? If so, NLU offers various options to help you get ready for the ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP). This includes three-week intensive courses that feature a personalized learning plan and are designed to develop competencies necessary to pass the TAP. Register today!
NLU has a long-standing reputation for its education and teacher training programs, and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Since 1886, we've trained thousands of Chicago-area teachers, and continue to graduate the majority of winners of Illinois’ Golden Apple Award— one of the most prestigious teacher honors in the state.
Our instructors bring both academic skills and practical experience to the classroom, offering the best in elementary education. As a result, we’re well known for preparing educators who can meet the demands of today's diverse classrooms and become leaders in the education profession.
The State of Illinois requires a minimum of 100 hours of pre-clinical experience before student teaching. Hours are completed as part of the coursework, including ELE500, ELE510, and SPE500. An additional 30 hours of field experience are needed as part of the Master of Arts in Teaching program requirements and are completed in EPS511 and FND510.
Each student's growth as a teacher is encouraged and documented throughout the program through the development of clinical competencies and a Professional Portfolio.
All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements as well as additional requirements specific to this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at nl.edu/applyonline.
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Please note: The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) may change the state licensure and endorsement requirements at any time and without prior notice. Teacher candidates will be bound by the requirements in place when applying for licensure, not by the licensure requirements in place when beginning their program. That is, the state may specify that a new regulation is immediately applicable to all candidates with no provisions made for candidates who began their work on licensure under different regulations.