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The M.A.T. in Secondary Education has been designed for students who wish to obtain initial licensure to teach high school students, grades 9-12, along with a master’s degree. Candidates will enter the program as part of a cohort in one of four areas:

  • Language Arts
  • Social Science (History)
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Earth Science)

Candidates also have the opportunity to both work collaboratively with candidates in other disciplines and
intensively with those in their own discipline. They will gain pedagogical knowledge and skills throughout the program, including collaborative planning, classroom teacher training, and assessment skills.

Candidates will be eligible to apply for Illinois State Board of Education licensure following three semesters of full-time coursework, and have the option of completing the master’s coursework as either full-time or part-time students.

Credit hours required: 37, including coursework and field experiences.

Admission Information

The program admits students for the fall and spring semesters.


Program Benefits 

Northeastern offers flexible day, evening and weekend classes so that working professionals can plan their schedules to fit their needs. Students also get personalized attention from skilled professors in small class sizes. Northeastern offers an affordable tuition and convenient urban locations accessible by car or public transportation.

In addition, the Secondary Education graduate program includes:

  • field experiences that tie the school to the community for transformative thinking
  • theoretical and practical perspectives on classroom teaching
  • engagement in urban school settings with expert support and guidance

Please note that the core program courses are offered on a predictable schedule, two evenings per week.

Career Options 

A long and rewarding career in teaching is the immediate possibility afforded by the M.A.T. in Secondary Education. With some additional training, graduates can pursue administration, curriculum leadership, organizational training, and advanced work in their disciplines.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the teaching workforce is expected to grow eight percent in the next eight years. Teachers in Illinois, with a mean annual salary over $70,000, are among the best paid in the nation.

Possible teaching opportunities:

  • High School Teaching
  • Teaching Abroad
  • Curriculum Development
  • Publishing

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information 

Take a closer look at the Secondary Education, M.A.T.  and the courses offered toward the degree.

Please note that the program will begin Fall 2018 and will be published in the 2018-2019 Academic Catalog in the summer. For immediate inquiries, please contact the department for details.

Secondary Education, M.A.T.

Department and Contact Information 

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies at (773) 442-5517. 

Educational Inquiry & Curriculum Studies

About Northeastern 

Northeastern Illinois University is home to 9,000 students from all corners of the world and is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation. Our small class sizes, flexible schedules and dedicated faculty can help you succeed in your studies.

We offer an education with value.

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