Master of Arts in Teaching M.A.T.

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Currently accepting applications for the spring 2023 semester! Deadline is January 1, 2023.

In response to the increased demand for teachers in Illinois and nationwide, SIU offers a highly marketable graduate degree program that can be completed in as little as 15 months and lead to teacher licensure in the areas of secondary English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science-Biology, Science-Chemistry, or Social Science-History. The Master of Arts in Teaching M.A.T. 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.

The M.A.T. program is designed to meet the growing demand for qualified professional teachers by providing M.A.T. graduates with the necessary knowledge, skills, and preparation to successfully teach our nation's youth. 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 area with 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 best approaches to effective instruction.

Those enrolled engage in a year-long internship (two semesters) in a public-school setting while completing university-based studies culminating in the Master’s degree. The M.A.T. is designed as a high-quality, technology-rich, accelerated teacher license program; time-to-degree is approximately 48 credit hours (depending on area of concentration) over the course of one full academic year and two adjacent or contiguous summer sessions of course work. Those holding undergraduate degrees in teacher education are ineligible for this program. Learn More >>>