MAT - Elementary Education Licensure Program

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MAT - Elementary Education Licensure Program Overview

What is MAT?

The Master of Arts in Teaching program is a unique opportunity for students who want to become licensed to teach in Illinois by completing their master’s degree from Greenville University in elementary education.

Students who hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution begin the process by having their transcript reviewed to determine if they are missing any general education coursework that is required by the Illinois State Board of Education. This missing coursework may be completed at the community college or through Greenville University. The MAT program then brings the courses needed for elementary licensure to local college and community college campuses. Greenville College faculty will then guide them through the steps to complete their coursework, required field experiences and student teaching.

Where is MAT offered?

Currently, UTEP is offered at Kaskaskia College (Centralia, IL), Lewis and Clark Community College (Godfrey, IL), Lincoln Christian University (Lincoln, IL), and Southwestern Illinois College (Belleville, IL), and Lincoln Land Community College (Springfield, IL).  In the future, more sites may become available.

How long is the program?

Elementary education typically takes two years including student teaching. (Total time to complete the program can differ depending on transcript review.)

When do classes meet?

Classes in the MAT program follow a hybrid format. Students meet every other week in a face-to-face classroom Monday through Thursday evenings. Throughout the semester students also have weekly online learning responsibilities.

The hybrid classroom format, also known as the flipped classroom design, allows hands-on learning to take place in the classroom. Students are able to participate in activities that require problem-solving and necessitates the most support from the instructor. Tasks that require less instructor support, like lectures, readings and discussions are completed in an online environment to prepare students for the activities in face-to-face sessions.

When can I start?

Students can begin the program in either the fall semester or the spring semester. Classes do not begin over the summer.

What is the elementary license?

An Illinois elementary education license allows you to teach 1st through 6th grades.

Who do I contact for more information or to schedule an appointment?

Please call the Admissions Coordinator for Education Programs at 618-664-6757.

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