Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Curriculum Instruction Secondary Education

Southern Illinois University



Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Curriculum Instruction Secondary Education

SIU's Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Curriculum Instruction Secondary Education program is a degree program intended for persons who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Fine Arts) in the liberal arts or sciences and desire to pursue licensure for teaching at the secondary school level. Those enrolled engage in a year-long internship (two semesters) in a public school setting while also completing University-based studies culminating in the Master's degree. Time to degree is approximately fifteen (15) months (or four semesters, including one summer semester) and starts each fall. Those holding undergraduate degrees in teacher education are ineligible for this program.


M.A.T. in Curriculum Instruction Secondary Education candidates select a subject area most compatible with coursework in the major content area that was completed during a bachelor's degree program. Secondary subject area options include:

• Agricultural Education
• English Language Arts
• Mathematics
• Science-Biology
• Science-Chemistry
• Social Science-History
• World Languages-Spanish

Upon graduation from the program, candidates will be licensed to teach in a school system in Illinois or in a state offering reciprocity. They will be broadly prepared in their content areas and will possess leadership experience pertinent to the public school setting. M.A.T. in Curriculum Instruction Secondary Education candidates advance through the program as members of an interdisciplinary cohort of no more than 25 students and are required to work collaboratively within that cohort to investigate and make recommendations about school-based programs and issues using action research methodologies.


Admission to the M.A.T. in Curriculum Instruction Secondary Education program is highly competitive. Applicants with undergraduate content area backgrounds in areas currently experiencing national teacher shortages will receive priority in admission decisions, but other applicants meeting admission requirements will be considered. In addition to materials required for general admission to the School of Education and the Graduate School, M.A.T. in Curriculum Instruction Secondary Education applicants must submit: (1) a résumé; (2) original letters of reference from two persons familiar with the candidate's undergraduate performance or who can comment specifically about the candidate's ability to succeed in an accelerated graduate-level degree program; and (3) an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 (based on a 4.00 scale). In the case of graduate students who have completed 12 or more credit hours of graduate level course work, the graduate GPA is used, and it must meet or exceed 3.00 (based on a 4.00 scale).

M.A.T. in Curriculum Instruction Secondary Education Admissions Committee members consider a candidate's undergraduate major, past performance in the content area for which licensure is sought, performance in other relevant course work, professional experience, strength of recommendations, test results, and any available anecdotal information in prioritizing candidates for acceptance to the program. In years where the number of qualified candidates exceeds the program's capacity to handle projected enrollment numbers, candidates may be asked to attend an interview for use in making final selection decisions. When space is available in any cohort, non-declared graduate students may be permitted to enroll in M.A.T. courses offered; however, continued enrollment is contingent on meeting or exceeding published admission criteria and obtaining full admission status. Contingent enrollment may be offered by the M.A.T. in Curriculum Instruction Secondary Education Admissions Committee in extenuating circumstances but is not guaranteed and does not constitute a promise of admission to the M.A.T. in Curriculum Instruction Secondary Education program.


Students in the M.A.T. in Curriculum Instruction Secondary Education program are expected to complete the degree in four semesters, although variations in this progression are occasionally necessary. To complete degree requirements within the normal 15-month sequence, candidates enroll in blocks of courses. The candidate must complete the appropriate state content test and the edTPA or equivalent state licensure requirements.


• SPED 408: Characteristics and Methods for Teaching Exceptional Children (3)
• CI 533: Instructional Leadership (Teacher Leadership) (3)
• CI 543: Fundamentals of Teaching and Learning (3)
• CI 571: Secondary School Curriculum (3)
• CI 574: Advanced Teaching Methods (3)

• CI 500: Introduction to Research Methods in Education (3)
• CI 544: Action Research Methods (3)

• CI 545: Literacy Instruction for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (3)
• CI 549: New Literacies & Emerging Technologies in a Participatory Culture (3)
• CI 561: Literacy Instruction for Secondary and Adult Education (3)

• Content area Methods (3-6)1
• Content Area Elective (3-4)1
• Content Area Elective (3)1

• EDUC 500: Clinical Experiences in Teaching (3)
• EDUC 501: M.A.T. Graduate Student Teaching (6)


Check the Tuition and Fee Calculators to estimate program costs.


Please review the application process. MAT applicants need to select Curriculum and Instruction for their program and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) for their degree.


Contact Debbie Blair with your questions and information about enrollment.