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SECONDARY EDUCATION

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Application Deadlines:
(Summer only - last workday in April); NOTE: If you are a new graduate student and you intend to apply for a Competitive Graduate Award (CGA), the deadline for having all of your application materials turned in moves up to January 15th. If you apply for the CGA but your SIUE application is incomplete, your application for the Competitive Graduate Award will be removed from consideration.

MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program prepares candidates who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in English, foreign language, history, mathematics, or science (biology, chemistry, physics, or earth/space) at an accredited college or university to teach at the middle and high school level. Those holding undergraduate degrees in teacher education are not eligible for this program.

Candidates complete 12 months (June - May) of university-based studies for a Master's Degree while they engage in field-based experiences in public school settings. The MAT is designed as a high-quality, technology-rich, accelerated certification program. Students progress through the program as members of an interdisciplinary cohort. Each new cohort begins during the summer term. Upon graduating from the program, candidates will be broadly prepared in their content areas and may be eligible for secondary certification and middle level endorsement (grades 6-12) in their respective discipline in Illinois or in a state offering reciprocity.

Applications for the program are processed once each year, beginning in February.

ADMISSION

Applications for admission will be evaluated based upon the following:

• Applications for the Graduate School and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction;

• An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher;

• Two letters of recommendation from content area faculty members or professionals who have knowledge of the candidate's undergraduate performance;

• Passing scores from the Illinois Certification Testing System Basic Skills Test and the Illinois Certification Testing System Content-Area test;

• Current resume with appropriate references;

• Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended in pursuit of the bachelor's degree and any additional course work beyond the bachelor's degree;

• Transcript evaluations by School of Education personnel for evidence of sufficient content background to meet certification requirements for secondary teachers in Illinois. (Note: Additional subject matter courses may be required as prerequisite courses to be taken prior to admission.).

Applications for the program are processed once each year, beginning in February.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

Candidates must successfully complete each block of the program. Each block of the program integrates strands of pedagogical and professional knowledge and skills. Candidates complete their degree in one summer block and one academic year as members of a cohort group. To complete requirements for the degree within 12 months, candidates enroll in the following blocks to earn a minimum of 36 semester hours.

CI 557 Teaching and Learning in Middle/Secondary Schools: Block 1 (12 hours, summer)

Introduction to the study of curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, classroom learning environments, educational psychology, special education, literacy in the content areas, integration of technology, and foundations of education for middle/secondary schools.

CI 558 Teaching and Learning in Middle/Secondary Schools: Block 2 (12 hours, fall)

Continued study of curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, classroom learning environments, educational psychology, special education, literacy in content areas, integration of technology, and foundations of education for middle/secondary schools. Includes participation in middle/secondary schools. Prerequisite: CI 557.

CI 559 Teaching and Learning in Middle/Secondary Schools: Block 3 (12 hours, spring)

Culminating study of curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, classroom learning environments, educational psychology, special education, literacy in content areas, integration of technology, and foundations of education for middle/secondary schools. Includes a semester of student teaching. Prerequisites: CI 557 and 558.

RETENTION

Throughout the program, students must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, attend conferences at the completion of each semester, and obtain successful field experience evaluations at the end of each semester.

EXIT REQUIREMENTS

To graduate the student must prepare and share publicly a master's project and a professional portfolio that contains evidence of growth towards competence in each of the Illinois Professional Teaching, Illinois Technology and Illinois Language Arts Standards for all teachers.