Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Secondary Education
National Louis University's Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Secondary Education program is designed for professionals looking to change careers to become teachers for grades 6-12. Our Master's in Secondary Education will allow you to work toward obtaining an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with applicable grade-level and content-area endorsements.
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Consider getting your Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Secondary Education at NLU if you:
- Have a bachelor’s degree in another discipline
- Are planning to teach grades 6–12 or in the case of Foreign language, grades K-12
- Would like to get your PEL in as few as 10 months
- Want to study at a well-established teaching institution
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Why Earn Your Master's in Secondary Education at NLU?
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, and our students are highly qualified — creating a unique depth to NLU's Secondary Education program.
The M.A.T. in Secondary Education program is organized as a student-centered, standards-driven, progressive experience. Small groups of students — no more than 22 — work together throughout their program. These groups are made up of prospective teachers of Biological Science, English, Physical Sciences, Social Studies/History, Mathematics, and Foreign Language, providing students the opportunities to think beyond subject boundaries, consider a variety of instructional strategies and gain experience planning multi-disciplinary units and programs.
What You Will Learn
- How to teach middle and high school students while taking into account their unique learning styles.
- How to teach a subject well, and connect and interweave it with other fields of knowledge so students encounter ideas that cross disciplines, replicating the ways we learn as adults.
- How to work with colleagues to create experiences that invite young people to pose questions, gather information, construct meaning, share their understandings, make decisions and take action based upon what they have learned.
- How to assess and evaluate your techniques, and how to use research to
enhance your teaching practices.
Successful graduates of this program will earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and an Illinois secondary education licensure with one of the following endorsements:
- Science: biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science or physics
- English Language Arts
- Foreign Language
- Social Science: economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, sociology or anthropology
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.
The Secondary Education department requires students to complete at least 100 hours of clincial experience in middle or high school prior to student teaching. These hours must be completed during school hours.
The state of Illinois recently changed naming conventions for teaching certification types. To view the complete list of name changes, click here.
Prepare for the TAP at NLU
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!
M.A.T. in Secondary Education Admission Requirements
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.
Get more information today about enrolling at NLU. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888.658.8632).
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.