The Master of Arts in Teaching in Middle Level Education program provides students with the graduate level knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be successful teachers in grades 5-8. Students choose at minimum one disciplinary area to earn their endorsement from social studies, math, science, or literacy (language arts). Subject area endorsements require 21 hours of approved content courses in the discipline. Candidates complete 200 hours of clinical experience in grades 5-8 and full-time student teaching in their endorsement area for 16 weeks. 

Credit hours required: 45

Admission Information

The program admits students for the fall semester only.

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Program Benefits

The Goodwin College of Education offers flexible day, evening and weekend classes.

Students get personalized attention from skilled professors in small class sizes, and gain connections to internships, career fairs and educational conferences.

Northeastern offers an affordable tuition and convenient urban locations accessible by car or public transportation.

Completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching in Middle Level Education will satisfy all standards for teacher licensure as required by the Illinois State Board of Education. Northeastern Illinois University has not made a determination as to whether this education degree program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in any of the other 54 U.S. states and jurisdictions. Specific requirements for licensure or certification in states other than Illinois vary from state-to-state. In some cases, you may need to take additional coursework or exams to meet individual state requirements and/or you may need to complete background checks.

Career Options

Candidates who complete the program qualify for the Illinois Middle Grade Professional Educator License to teach in their endorsement area (social studies, math, science, or literacy).

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

Academic Catalog Information

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

Middle Level Education, M.A.T.

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Teacher Education at (773) 442-5380.

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