24 months
685 USD/credit 15412 USD/year
685 USD/credit 15412 USD/year
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The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Early Childhood Education from National Louis University is for students who would like to earn their Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) endorsed for early childhood and self-contained general education (age 0 to grade 2).

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What You Will Learn

  • Principles of child development that affect teaching and learning
  • Different instructional and evaluative methods and their historical and theoretical foundations
  • Methods for teaching content and skills in a supportive learning environment
  • How to incorporate technology into practice
  • Techniques for developing curriculum and lesson plans
  • An appreciation of diverse needs and perspectives in working with children and families
  • Students will graduate with 100 hours of pre-clinical experiences in infant/toddler, pre-primary and primary school settings during the program.


The demand for childcare centers and the professionals to staff them will increase as states implement preschool programs for 3- and 4- year-old children. The number of subsidies for children from low-income families attending Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Early Childhood Education from National Louis University is rising. Additionally, there are a growing number of employers funding and operating child care centers for their employees. This increase in children being served through early child care programs will result in excellent opportunities for teachers within this industry.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language 
  • Assessment of ESL and Bilingual Education Students 
  • Cross Cultural Education 
  • Early Childhood Instructional Metnods/Preprimary/Language 
  • Arts/Literature/ Art\Music/Movement 
  • Early Childhood Instructional 
  • Methods/Preprimary/Mathematics/Science/Social Studies 
  • Instructional Methods/Primary/Matn and Science 
  • Early Literacy Methods PreK-3 
  • Differentiated and Individualized Curriculum and Instruction 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Procedures and requirements are specific to each program. Admission to study in one program does not ensure admission to all programs. 
  • The decision to deny admission cannot be appealed. It is your responsibility to be aware of the policies and requirements of National Louis University as stated in the University catalog. 
  • National Louis University reserves the right to change any provision or requirement, including fees, at any time, with or without notice. 
  • National Louis University admits students to all programs and activities and administers all educational, employment, and other policies without discrimination because of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, disability, military status or marital status. It is expected by the University that all information which is material to the admissions process be accurate and true to the best of the student’s or prospective student’s knowledge. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15412 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 685 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    15412 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 685 USD per credit during 24 months.

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.


We are pleased to announce that for all students starting in the Summer 2020 (July) term, NLU is offering brand new undergraduate scholarships for international students! The new scholarships are listed below:

10% Automatic Opportunity Scholarship 

  • Applies to All NLU Undergraduate Programs including Hospitality Management
  • Eligible to Freshman and Transfer Students

50% #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship 

  • Awarded to Two Students Every Fall Term
  • Eligible to Freshman Undergraduate Students Only
  • Deadline is July 1st

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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