Master of Arts in Teaching (Secondary Endorsement)

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Dominican University’s School of Education is committed to preparing teachers and leaders to navigate the changing world of education.  Innovations in instructional technology and social media, an increasing number of students who are English Language Learners, changing state learning standards, and an emphasis on standardized testing are only a few of the increasing shifts that influence our nation’s classrooms.  Here at Dominican University we are developing new approaches to teaching and learning that will serve our country’s children and youth well as the educational landscape continues to change.

The School of Education now offers candidates with a bachelor’s degree a route to attaining an initial Professional Educator License in the state of Illinois.  Following successful completion of the two year program, candidates will complete their clinical practice experience and be eligible for a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and his/her Professional Educator License (PEL).

Dominican University offers MAT - Secondary licensure programs in the following areas:

  • Secondary: Biology
  • Secondary: Chemistry
  • Secondary: English/Language Arts
  • Secondary: Mathematics
  • Secondary: Social Studies

In traditional teacher preparation programs leading to licensure, candidates take all of their coursework leading to licensure prior to completing their clinical practice experience. They do some early field experience as part of their preparation but are not in the classroom full-time until after their coursework is completed.

The Master of Arts in Teaching program with a Secondary endorsement is designed for individuals with a baccalaureate degree interested in pursuing a master’s degree in education with an Illinois educator license.  Candidates must fulfill State content-area requirements for their particular endorsement and designation.

Download the Master of Arts in Teaching (Secondary Endorsement) program brochure

Course Descriptions

Application/Admission Checklist

Program Overview

Courses are offered in a flexible format for working professionals, with classes held one evening per week.  The fall term will begin on Monday, August 28, 2017.

Candidates seeking a master's degree with initial licensure

  • 39-44 semester hours
  • Completed in approximately 2-2.5 years including clinical practice

Requirements for all candidates

  • Must have completed a bachelor's degree
  • Must pass state-required tests and assessments

Admission Requirements

  • Online application
  • $25 application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional references
  • Written personal statement
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 as evidence by official copies of transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended (candidates with a GPA below 3.0 are given consideration for conditional acceptance).
  • A passing score on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency and Content Test related to the area of licensure being sought. NOTE: An Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) qualifying ACT or SAT maybe acceptable in place of a passing score on the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP).
  • A major in an area approved by the state

Core Curriculum

Course # Course Title Credits
EDU 502 Introduction to Teaching 3
EDU 520 Educational Psychology (K-12) 3
SPED 522 Exceptional Children: Characteristics and the Special Education Process 3
EDU 523 Teaching in Diverse Classrooms 3
EDU 532 Tools and Techniques in Assessment 3
EDU 535 Reading in the Content Areas for Middle Level and Secondary Teachers 3
EDU 560 Integrating Technology into the Curriculum 3
EDU 611 History and Philosophy of American Education 3
SPED 656 Collaboration/Adaption in General Education Settings 2
EDU 688 Secondary Methods and Curriculum Planning 3
EDU 701 Clinical Practice - Secondary 5
EDU 703 Clinical Practice Seminar - Secondary 1

Completion of Methods courses depends on a candidate's endorsement concentration

Course # Course Title Credits
EDU 698 Methods of Teaching English Language Arts - Middle and Secondary 3
EDU 685 Methods of Teaching Social Science - Middle and Secondary 3
EDU 690 Methods of Teaching Science - Middle and Secondary 3
EDU 693 Methods in Teaching Math - Middle and Secondary 3