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Elementary Education

Northeastern Illinois University

24 months
865 USD/credit
865 USD/credit
432 USD/credit
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The Elementary Education program of the Northeastern Illinois University 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.


All M.A.T. courses meet in the late afternoon and evening with a pre-set class schedule and sequence to allow students to complete the program in six semesters.

The Elementary Education program of the Northeastern Illinois University 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

Program Benefits

The Goodwin College of Education offers flexible day, evening and weekend classes.

Students get personalized attention from skilled professors in small class sizes, and gain connections to internships, career fairs and educational conferences.

Northeastern offers an affordable tuition and convenient urban locations accessible by car or public transportation.

Career Options

The Elementary Education, M.A.T. prepares students to earn a grade 1-6 licensure. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Literacy Instruction In Elementary Grades
  • Issues In Literacy Instruction
  • Cultural Diversity In Our Schools
  • Integrating Media Technology Into Elementary Classroom
  • Curriculum And Instruction
  • Teaching Writing: Purpose, Voice, Craft

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2 letters of professional recommendation
  • a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • MAT program application and writing sample
  • Admission application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (Courses taken at colleges or universities outside of the U.S. must be evaluated by Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. or World Education Services, Inc.)
  • Statement of goals and objectives
  • Any additional program-specific required documents
  • Application fee
  • Notarized Graduate Financial Statement
  • Notarized bank letter(s) from each sponsor’s financial institution
  • TOEFL or IELTS official score report
  • Copy of passport photo page
  • Copy of Form I-94 and Form I-20 (if applying from within the U.S.)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    865 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 865 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    865 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 865 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    432 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 432 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.


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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