Southern Illinois University




SIU’s Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) 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.

Our Focus

M.A.T. candidates select an area of concentration most compatible with coursework in the major content area that was completed during a bachelor’s degree program. Area of secondary concentration options include:

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science-Biology
  • Science-Chemistry
  • Social Science-History

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. 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.


Students in the M.A.T. program are expected to complete the degree in two intersession/summer terms and one academic year, although variations in this progression are occasionally necessary. To complete degree requirements within the normal 15-month sequence, candidates enroll in blocks of courses with the following suggested sequence. 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.

To remain in the program, M.A.T. candidates must maintain a minimum overall grade point average of 3.00 and obtain successful summative evaluations at the completion of EDUC 500 and 501. To graduate, the candidate must: (1) prepare and share publicly a professional portfolio to demonstrate professional growth throughout the degree program; (2) achieve the equivalent of a 3.00 GPA in EDUC 500 and 501; and (3) successfully complete the edTPA or equivalent state licensure requirements. Prior to licensure, the candidate must complete the appropriate state content test and the EdTPA or equivalent state licensure requirements. Those holding undergraduate degrees in teacher education are ineligible for this program.


First Summer Semester

  • CI 543 Fundamentals of Teaching and Learning
  • CI 500 (3) Introduction to Research Methods in Education
  • SPED 408 (3) Characteristics and Methods for Teaching Exceptional Children
  • CI 561 (3) Literacy Instruction for Secondary and Adult Education

Fall Semester

  • CI 544 (3) Action Research Methods
  • CI 545 (3) Literacy Instruction for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
  • EDUC 500 (3) Clinical Experiences in Teaching
  • Content Area Methods*
  • Content Area Elective*

Spring Semester

  • EDUC 501: M.A.T. Graduate Student Teaching
  • Content Area Elective*

Second Summer Semester

  • CI 571 (3) Secondary School Curriculum
  • CI 574 (3) Advanced Teaching Methods
  • CI 533 (3) Instructional Leadership (Teacher Leadership)
  • CI 549 (3) New Literacies & Emerging Technologies in a Participatory Culture

* Note: Content area methods and elective courses vary by area of concentration and credit hour assignment and must be approved by the M.A.T. Coordinator. In addition, they may or may not carry graduate credit, but are required for program completion and licensure.


Admission to the M.A.T. program is highly competitive. Applicants with undergraduate content area backgrounds 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. 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; (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 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. Admissions Committee members consider a candidate’s undergraduate major, past performance in the content area for which certification is sought, performance in other relevant course work, professional experience, strength of recommendations, 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 the first summer semester. Continued enrollment in M.A.T-related coursework as a non-declared graduate student is contingent on meeting or exceeding published admission criteria and obtaining full admission status. Contingent enrollment may be offered by the M.A.T. Admissions Committee in extenuating circumstances but is not guaranteed and does not constitute a promise of admission to the M.A.T. program.

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Contact Debbie Blair with your questions and information about enrollment.