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Upon completion of the program, you will meet current state of Illinois standards for licensure at the elementary level along with a Master of Arts in Teaching in Bilingual/Bicultural Education.

MAT-BLBC Program Goals:

  • Develop a multicultural/multilinguistic focus in teaching at the elementary level
  • Possess a Master of Arts degree and meet the Illinois state requirements to obtain elementary teaching licensure and bilingual approval
  • Possess solid advanced, academic skills, insights and attitudes crucial to understanding methods of teaching children of diverse backgrounds whose first language is not English
  • Have 100 clock hours of clinical experience and student teaching internship
  • Be knowledgeable in the areas of multicultural education, media technology, assessment, literacy theory and pedagogy, general curriculum development and research

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Degree Requirements 

MAT-BLBC Requirements and Description:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, with 18 credit hours in any one of these areas: social/behavioral sciences, natural sciences, humanities or related field
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale)
  • Six credit hours in the history and philosophy of education and educational psychology
  • Literacy assessment of proficiency in native language and the target language by program faculty
  • Passing score in ICTS Basic Skills Examination

Program Contact Information 

The College of Graduate Studies and Research (773) 442-6001

BLBC MAT Advisor: Dr. Judith Yturriago   (773) 442-4557


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