Exterior view of Lech Walesa Hall in summer

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Illinois Board of Higher Education has approved Northeastern Illinois University to offer a new Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education.

Beginning Fall 2018, the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education will offer the NCATE-accredited graduate program through its Department of Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies.

The 37-credit-hour program is designed for students who wish to teach the following subjects in grades 9-12: English Language Arts, Math, History and Science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Earth Science). Program applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to Northeastern’s College of Graduate Studies and Research, including holding a bachelor’s degree in one of the these subject areas.

Coursework includes a professional core in the areas of educational foundations, curriculum and instruction, adolescent development, literacy, educational technology and research. Additionally, candidates complete content-specific curriculum and pedagogy, student teaching, research and elective courses.

Candidates will be eligible to apply for teaching licensure following three semesters of full-time coursework. They will then have the option of completing the program as either full-time or part-time students.

Also launching in Fall 2018 is a revamped Teacher Licensure Program (TLP), consisting of 31 credits of graduate-level coursework. This program has been designed for students who wish to obtain initial teacher licensure to teach the subjects listed above to grades 9-12, without earning a master’s degree. The new TLP will supersede the existing undergraduate TLP, whose current students will continue to follow the undergraduate curriculum until they are “taught out.”