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Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Language Arts Education

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Graduate Program Advisor (Elementary): MT Garreton / M-Garreton@neiu.edu / (773) 442-5364 / Room LWH 3091

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Program Description

Master of the Arts in Teaching: Elementary Language Arts Program has been designed for returning students who wish to obtain initial teacher certification at the elementary level along with a master's degree and an endorsement in the area of Language Arts.

This program has three components of coursework:

  • Professional Core in the areas of multicultural education, media technology, literacy theory/pedagogy, general curriculum development, and research - eighteen credit hours.
  • Concentration in Language Arts with courses in curriculum and instruction, reading, linguistics, TESL, English and/or speech - eighteen credit hours.
  • Certification coursework composed of additional pedagogical study and field experiences (including 100 hours of clinical experiences and student teaching internship). Students seeking teacher certification are required to pass the Illinois Certification Testing System: Test of Proficiency, Content-area Test, Assessment of Professional Teaching Test.


Admission Requirements
  • An undergraduate bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college.
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale).
  • Undergraduate coursework in English (composition or literature), Speech/Drama or Linguistics: for the elementary sequence, eighteen credit hours are required; for the secondary sequence, a major in English with a minimum of thirty-two credit hours is required.
  • Six credit hours in the history/ philosophy of education (EDFN-405: Development of Educational Thought) and educational psychology (learning and development:
    EDFN-406: Human Development and Learning) or equivalent.
  • Graduate Records Examination score.
  • Passing score on the Illinois State Board of Education Basic Skills Examination State teacher examinations:
    M.A.T. students are required to pass State of Illinois Basic Skills, Subject Matter Knowledge, and the Assessment of Professional Teaching tests. Study guides and applications are available at www.icts.nesinc.com. Middle School Endorsement is integrated into the required coursework of the elementary and secondary sequences. Students who complete the M.A.T. Program will receive Middle School Endorsement.
  • Criminal Background Check:
    Beginning Spring 2004, students will be required to complete a criminal background check prior to school placement for clinicals and student teaching. More information can be obtained from the CEST office.

Degree Requirements

Elementary Sequence: 51 credit hours

  1. Professional Core.................................................... 18 cr.
    EDFN-416 Cultural Pluralism and the Schools..............3 cr.
    ELED-414 Principles of Curriculum Development.........3 cr.
    ELED-430 Trends and Issues in Assessment................3 cr.
    INMD-410 Media Technology for Educators................3 cr.
    READ-402 Issues in Reading Instruction.......................3 cr.
    ELED-406 Research Skills for the
    Classroom Teacher..................................3 cr.
  2. Concentration in Language Arts............................ 18 cr.
    ELED-418 Theoretical Implications for the
    Elementary Classroom.............................3 cr.
    ELED-419 Current Issues in Elementary
    Language Arts Instruction........................3 cr.
    LING-401 Fundamentals of Modern Linguistics
    or
    TESL-402 Theories of Teaching English
    as a Second Language............................3 cr.
    READ-425 Literature-based Reading Programs
    for the Elementary Classroom..................3 cr.
    or
    ELED-435 Literature for Intermediate
    and Middle School Students....................3 cr.
    READ 414 Reading and Writing Processes...................3 cr.
    ELED 417 Multicultural Literature and Drama in the
    Elementary Classroom.............................3 cr.
  3. Certification Component........................................ 15 cr.
    SPED 404 Survey of the Field of Special Education.....3 cr.
    ELED 415 Interrelating Science and
    Math with Clinical Experience..................3 cr.
    (See Clinical Experiences and Student Teaching section for application procedures)
    ELED 416 Strategies of Teaching Social Studies and
    Language Arts with Clinical Experience...3 cr.
    (See Clinical Experiences and Student Teaching
    section for application procedures)
    ELED 429 Internship in Elementary Education.............6 cr.
    (See Clinical Experiences and Student Teaching section for application procedures)
  4. Oral Examination (A final oral exam scheduled in the final term of the completion of all coursework).
  5. Two research papers (One is required in ELED 406).