MAT, Secondary Education

Study Format On Campus
Program Length 39 credits* + concentration


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The Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education is designed to deliver outstanding teacher preparation. Upon successful completion of degree requirements, candidates are eligible for a Professional Educator License (PEL) with a Secondary Education Endorsement and a content area endorsement from the State of Illinois for Grades 9 through 12. 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 ethically lead learning
  • 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 student 

Admission and Program Requirements

see Curriculum page for additional requirements

  • Application to and admission into the MAT Secondary program
  • Complete 39 semester hours of coursework (including the Master’s capstone experience)
  • A grade of “C” or higher must be achieved in all General Education courses
  • Pass the Content-specific test (Secondary) prior to Student Teaching.
  • Complete and submit the edTPA portfolio for scoring and report the score to the Illinois State Board of Education during the Student Teaching semester.  A passing score on the edTPA portfolio must be earned before PEL will be awarded. The Illinois State Board of Education determines the passing scores for edTPA.
  • The Illinois State Board of Education has issued guidelines that pertain to the transference of previous subject area coursework that may be applicable to the content endorsement. Transcripts will be evaluated to determine what credit hours may be awarded toward the content endorsement requirements (see Secondary Education Major Subject Content Endorsement Areas below for additional information).

General Education Competencies for MAT Secondary Program

  • Communications Skills
    English Composition II or equivalent
    Fundamentals of Speech or equivalent
  • Mathematics
    College Algebra or above
  • Natural Sciences (one lab science course required)
    Biological Science
    Physical Science
  • Humanities*
    At least two different areas
  • Social Sciences*
    At least two different areas
  • *Courses in Non-Western or Third-World recommended.
  • Course in American History or American Government recommended.
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