12 months
3724 USD/module
3724 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

  • Instructional Communication: Theory and Practice

  • Developmental Psychology  

  • Foundations of Education 

  • Reading in the Elementary School

  • Elementary Fieldwork and Seminar

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


37 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A non-refundable MAT application fee of $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 score in ISBE Content Area Test or scheduled test date
  • One letter of recommendation from an employer or a professor at your prior institution (in desired certification area for secondary education candidates or content area major for elementary education candidate) for academic and character reference
  • Statement of academic and professional goals (1-2 pages)

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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