MAT, Secondary Education

Study Format On Campus
Program Length 39 credits* + concentration


*INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: In addition to the base program curriculum listed below, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.

Areas of Study*

Prerequisite to Methods Courses - 9 hours

  • EDUC-6435 Introduction to Education
  • EDUC-6045 Theories of Learning and Cognition
  • EDUC-6040 Classroom Teaching Skills

 Professional Courses - 21 hours

  • EDUC-6415 Professional Responsibility and Ethics for Teachers
  • EDUC-6425 Psychology and Methods of Teaching the Exceptional Learner
  • EDSC-6570 Teaching at the Secondary Level
  • EDUC-6445 Introduction to Research for Pre-Service Teachers
  • EDSC-6220 Reading in Middle and Secondary Schools
  • Professional Instructional Methods course in the content area:
    • EDSC-6602 Teaching English: Middle and Secondary Schools
    • EDSC-6606 Teaching Mathematics: Middle and Secondary Schools
    • EDSC 6605 Content and Methods for Teaching Physical Education at the Middle and Secondary Levels
    • EDSC-6619 Teaching Social Sciences: Middle and Secondary Level
    • EDSC-6618 Teaching Science: Middle and Secondary Schools

Secondary Major

One Graduate Course in the Secondary major

Student Teaching Internship Semester - 9 hours

  • EDUC-6060 Classroom Management and Assessment
  • Student Teaching Internship course in the content area:
    • EDSC-6932 Secondary English Student Teaching
    • EDSC-6933 Secondary Math Student Teaching
    • EDSC-6934 Secondary Physical Education Student Teaching
    • EDSC-6935 Secondary Science Student Teaching
    • EDSC-6936 Secondary Social Studies Student Teaching

 Capstone Experience

  • Positive Impact Presentation on student learning
  • Teacher Performance Assessment [edTPA] – state required portfolio to be submitted and passed prior to licensing.

 Clinical Experience (Pre-Professional Hours)

  • 100 hours (all pre-professional hours are embedded in the MAT coursework and must be completed prior to student teaching).

Each course will describe the number of hours required to be completed in classrooms and the nature of the experience that a candidate must complete.

Lutheran Teacher Diploma (Optional) - 20 hours

  • THY-2000 The Old Testament
  • THY-2200 Faith of the Christian Church
  • THY-3100 The New Testament
  • THY-3200 Christian Life
  • THY-3300 History of Christian Biography
  • THY-4410 World Religions
  • THY-4505 Spiritual Nurture of the Elementary School Age Child

Secondary Education Major Subject Content Endorsement Areas * - 32 hours

English Language Arts

  • Linguistics
  • Literary Theory
  • American Literature
  • British Literature
  • World Literature (including non-western literature)
  • Non-print media related studies
  • Adolescent Literature
  • Advanced Speech


  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Calculus III
  • Linear Algebra
  • Geometry (beyond analytic geometry)
  • Statistics or Probability
  • History of Math
  • Group, Ring, or Number Theory or Proof
  • Discrete Math or Computer Science

Physical Education

  • Knowledge and Skill Acquisition
    • Health-related fitness (e.g. condition, aerobic fitness exercise, stress management)
    • Dance Activities
    • Teaching Individual sports/activities
    • Teaching Team sports
  • ScientificFoundations: at least 9 semester hours distributed as follows:
    • 3 semester hours earned in at least one of the following:
      • Human Anatomy
      • Human Physiology
  • 6 semester hours from at least two of the following:
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Kinesiology or Biomechanics
    • Physical Growth and Motor Development
  • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Curriculum design in physical education
    • Instruction strategies/methodology in physical education
    • Assessment/evaluation of physical education (learning assessment and program evaluation)

Science: Biology

  • General Biology I
  • General Biology II
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • Introduction to Physics
  • Introduction to Earth Science
  • Microbiology
  • Cell & Molecular Biology
  • General Ecology
  • Genetics

Science: Chemistry

  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • General Biology I
  • General Biology II

Introduction to Earth Science

  • Introduction to Physics
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Biochemistry (3 hours)
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

Social Sciences

  • Core Area
    • Introduction to Economics or Macroeconomics
    • Geography of North American or World Geography
    • World History since 1350
    • Developmental Psychology of the Adolescent
    • Introduction to Sociology
  • History Designation
    • World History to 1350
    • History of Illinois
    • Survey of American History
    • Upper level American History
    • Upper level European History
    • Age of Reform, 1400-1650
    • Non-Western History

Each major must include at least 12 semester hours at the upper college level, and 3 semester hours at the graduate level

*   Thesecondary major must carry a grade point average of no less than a 3.00 on a 4.0 scale

Any deficiencies in the content area may be met by completing the appropriate Concordia University coursework and/or approved transfer coursework

*   The MAT Secondary Education Program is subject to change in order to meet any new Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requirements

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