MAT, Secondary Education

Study Format On Campus
Program Length 39 credits* + concentration


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The Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education Program is designed to prepare qualified professionals for teaching in high school settings. Students who complete the program will be awarded a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and are entitled through Concordia for a Professional Educator License (PEL) with a Secondary Education Endorsement for grade levels 9-12 inclusive.) 

Program Requirements   see Curriculum page for additional requirements

  • Complete 39 semester hours of professional coursework (including the Master’s capstone experience).
  • 3 semester hours of College Algebra with a grade of C or better is required.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all coursework taken toward the Master of Arts in Teaching.
  • Passing scores on all tests leading to Illinois licensure. Select one of three tests for program admission: Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), ACT with writing subtest with a minimum composite score of 22 (19 is required in combined English/Writing) or SAT with a minimum score of 1030 (450 is required in writing).
  • Passing score on content area licensure test for specific subject area.
  • Previous subject area coursework applicable to the content endorsement will be evaluated to determine what credit hours may be awarded toward the endorsement area degree requirements.
  • Candidates must complete the edTPAportfolio, submit the portfolio to Pearson for scoring, and report the scores to the Illinois State Board of Education during the Student Teaching semester.  A passing score on the edTPA portfolio must be earned before an initial teaching license will be awarded. Passing scores are determined by the State of Illinois Board of Education.
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