MAT, Elementary Education

Study Format Blended
Program Length 48 credits*, 30 months


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The Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education is designed to deliver outstanding teacher preparation. Upon successful completion of degree requirements, candidates are eligible for a Professional Educator License with an Elementary endorsement from the State of Illinois for Grades 1 through 6. Concordia’s program emphasizes the following:

  • development of core competencies in instructional planning, delivery and assessment
  • respect and support for diversity in educational settings
  • how to lead classrooms ethically
  • the role of standards within the profession
  • the commitment to continuous improvement
  • the importance of reflective practice
  • development of collaborative relationships to serve the learning of every child

Program Requirements  

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  • Application to and admission into the MAT Elementary program
  • Complete 38 semester hours of coursework (including the Master’s capstone experience)
  • A grade of “C” or higher must be achieved in all General Education courses
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all coursework taken toward the Master of Arts in Teaching

Admission Requirements to the College of Education

The Illinois State Board of Education has defined specific General Education requirements for all Elementary Educators. Candidates for the MAT Elementary program must submit transcripts that document that they have met these general education requirements prior to entering the program.

  • Submit an official score to the College of Education from one of the following tests:
  1. The Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency
  2. An ACT with writing section
  3. SAT with writing section

General Education Requirements to begin MAT Elementary Program studies:

  • General Education Requirements – Applicant’s transcript(s) must document that all course work submitted to meet General Education requirements has a grade of C or higher:

Content Area 1 - Communication and Composition  

  1. Course in Advanced Composition
  2. Course in Public Speaking/Speech-Communication

Content Area 2 - Mathematics

  1. Course in College Algebra or higher
  2. Course in College Geometry or higher

Content Area 3 - Natural Sciences (one course must have a lab)

  1. A course in Life Science
  2. A course in Physical Science

Content Area 4 - Humanities (9 credit hours made up from two areas)

  1. Fine or Performing arts
  2. History, Philosophy, Literature
  3. 1 course in American History (Required)

Content Area 5 - Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 credit hours made up from two areas)

  1. Coursework from Psychology or sociology
  2. Coursework from Political Science, Economics or Geography

Applicants must transfer in one course classified as a Non-Western course or area of study.

Applicants must have transcripted coursework in an academic major/minor content area common to elementary education curriculum with grades of C or higher.

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