Master of Arts in Teaching

Lake Forest College

18 months
3325 USD/module
3325 USD/module
Tuition fee
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The Master of Arts in Teaching Program (MAT) at Lake Forest College recommends graduates for initial teaching licenses in elementary, middle, secondary and K- 12 education. Through the MAT Program, students can obtain both a master’s degree and Illinois teacher licensure simultaneously. This program is not appropriate for teachers who are already licensed to teach in K-12 schools.


Our teacher licensure program has earned an excellent reputation for preparing knowledgeable, responsive, caring, and respected professional teachers.

As a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) student, you will:

  • Learn in small collaborative cohorts together with fellow students who are completing majors in various fields. It’s an interdisciplinary approach not found at other colleges;

  • Be guided by learned faculty and cooperating education professionals who provide individualized advising, mentorship, and assessment;

  • Work with student populations spanning the American racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic spectrum;

  • Get two classroom internships and practicums in school settings where you can hone teaching skills, not just one clinical experience like at most other colleges.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program is suited for:

  • Individuals who have completed a B.A. at another institution (with a major in an area of study offered by Lake Forest College) or at Lake Forest College and seek teacher licensure;

  • Juniors or seniors at Lake Forest College who want to add a teaching degree to their majors;

  • First-year or sophomore students at Lake Forest College who want to complete licensure requirements in five years in order to complete additional elective courses, an additional minor concentration and/or a study abroad or off campus program during their first four years of study;

  • Transfer students who wish to become a teacher and have enough credits to graduate in four years, but will need another year to complete required coursework for teacher licensure.

MAT Student Learning Outcomes:

  • The MAT teacher candidate will demonstrate professional characteristics, responsive teaching practices, resourcefulness, teacher efficacy, and reflective capacities as these are described specifically in the Education Department’s document entitled “Identifying Dispositions of a Lake Forest College Educated Teacher” through successful submission of artifacts and reflective essays through the electronic portfolio process.

  • The MAT teacher candidate will meet all standards articulated for effective beginning teaching in the areas of planning, instructional delivery and assessment in each candidate’s respective discipline (e.g., social science, chemistry, elementary education, etc.). Candidates’ proficiency will be determined by receiving at least the state mandated passing score as scored nationally through the official edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment) portfolio process.

  • The MAT teacher candidate will demonstrate a beginning level of proficiency with teacher research methods and statistical analysis of research results by successful completion of a Teacher Action Research Project during student teaching.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Observing the Schooling Process

  • Reading in the Elementary School

  • Reading in the Content Areas

  • Instructional Communication: Theory and Practice

  • Elementary Fieldwork and Seminar

  • Middle School Fieldwork and Seminar?

  • Inclusive Learning Environments

  • Developmental Psychology  

  • Introduction To Teacher Research

  • Curriculum and Instruction in the Elementary School: Content-Area Literacy and Social Studies

  • Discipline-Specific Secondary Curriculum and Instructional Design

  • Discipline-Specific K-12 Curriculum and Instructional DesignElementary Student Teaching and Seminar

  • Secondary Student Teaching and SeminarCurriculum and Instruction in the Elementary Schools: Math and Science

  • Secondary Curriculum and Instructional Design

  • Teacher Action Research Project

  • Teaching Adolescent Students

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


32 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
83 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

With the application, you will need to submit the following:

  • MAT application fee ($50) (for review of transcript and additional materials)
  • Official college transcript that shows Bachelors’ degree from accredited institution
  • Official college transcripts from each institution attended
  • Documentation of passing grade on ISBE Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or required score on ACT or SAT  (Test taken BEFORE September 1, 2015, ACT plus Writing composite score of 22 and combined Writing and English score of 19 or better; Test taken AFTER September 1, 2015, 22 composite score and minimum 16 on Writing;  SAT combined score of 1030 or better with Writing score of 450 or better) or scheduled test date
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      3325 USD/module
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 3325 USD per module and a duration of 18 months.
    • National

      3325 USD/module
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 3325 USD per module and a duration of 18 months.


    Lake Forest College admits students regardless of their ability to pay, so that qualified students from all economic backgrounds have the opportunity to pursue their academic goals. Lake Forest is committed to meeting as much of a student’s demonstrated financial need as possible, which may include a combination of federal/state/college grants, loans, and work-study opportunities. The College offers several merit-based scholarships, recognizing academic achievement, talent, and community engagement.

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