15 months
35213 USD/year
35213 USD/year
14085 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Start date


Southern Illinois University's Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program is a degree program intended for persons who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Fine Arts) in the liberal arts or sciences and desire to pursue licensure for teaching at the secondary school level.


M.A.T. Teaching candidates at Southern Illinois University select an area of concentration most compatible with coursework in the major content area that was completed during a bachelor’s degree program. Area of secondary concentration options include:

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science - Biology
  • Science - Chemistry
  • Social Science - History


Upon graduation from the program, candidates will be licensed to teach in a school system in Illinois or in a state offering reciprocity. They will be broadly prepared in their content areas and will possess leadership experience pertinent to the public school setting.

M.A.T. candidates advance through the program as members of an interdisciplinary cohort of no more than 25 students and are required to work collaboratively within that cohort to investigate and make recommendations about school-based programs and issues using action research methodologies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Research Methods in Education
  • Characteristics and Methods for Teaching Exceptional Children
  • Literacy Instruction for Secondary and Adult Education
  • Action Research Methods
  • Literacy Instruction for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
  • Clinical Experiences in Teaching
  • Content Area Methods*
  • Secondary School Curriculum
  • Advanced Teaching Methods
  • Instructional Leadership (Teacher Leadership)
  • New Literacies & Emerging Technologies in a Participatory Culture

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 15 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants with undergraduate content area backgrounds currently experiencing national teacher shortages will receive priority in admission decisions, but other applicants meeting admission requirements will be considered.

In addition to materials required for general admission to the School of Education and the Graduate School, M.A.T. applicants must submit:

  • a résumé;
  • original letters of reference from two persons familiar with the candidate’s undergraduate performance or who can comment specifically about the candidate’s ability to succeed in an accelerated graduate-level degree program;
  • an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 (based on a 4.00 scale).

In the case of graduate students who have completed 12 or more hours of graduate level course work, the graduate GPA is used, and it must meet or exceed 3.00 (based on a 4.00 scale).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 15 months.
  • National

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 15 months.
  • In-State

    14085 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14085 USD per year during 15 months.

Living costs for Carbondale

1100 - 1500 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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