Elementary Education

Northeastern Illinois University

24 months
808 USD/credit
808 USD/credit
404 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Elementary Education program is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education and who want to become elementary school teachers. Upon successful completion of our M.A.T. program and passing scores on all required state proficiency tests, students will obtain a graduate degree and State of Illinois 1-6 teaching license.


The M.A.T. program is designed to prepare teachers with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to create dynamic, student-centered classrooms for the 21st century.  As designers of creative and critical curriculum, students will learn to truly engage their students in an exploration and understanding of our fascinating, complex, and diverse world. The M.A.T. program has an emphasis on teaching for cultural diversity, teaching diverse students, project- and inquiry-based teaching, authentic literacy across the curriculum, technology integration, and 21st century skills.Each semester has students focusing on a specific educational theme:

  • Teacher as Learner
  • Literacy Across the Curriculum
  • Teaching for Human Diversity
  • Curriculum & Schooling Past, Present, and Future
  • Inquiry Through the Content Areas
For two semesters, students are connecting those themes to their clinical teaching experiences in 1-6 classrooms. In total, the M.A.T. program includes 200 hours of clinical teaching prior to a semester of full-time student teaching within a 1-6 grade level range.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Literacy Instruction In Elementary Grades
  • Issues In Literacy Instruction
  • Cultural Diversity In Our Schools
  • Integrating Media Technology Into Elementary Classroom

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




48 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.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.
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).

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and Research.  Students entering the graduate program are not expected to have any prior preparation or knowledge the field.  In addition, applicants must provide:

  • 2 letters of professional recommendation
  • a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • MAT program application and writing sample
  • Passing score on the Illinois State Test of Academic Proficiency, or ACT plus Writing, or SAT.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    808 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 808 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    808 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 808 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    404 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 404 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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Elementary Education
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