45–47 credit hours | 1.8 years
If you want to make a difference in the lives of students, the MA in Teaching degree is just what you’re looking for. In only three semesters of course work and one semester of clinical practice, you will be able to earn your Illinois teaching license, specializing in elementary or secondary education.
Trinity’s MA in Teaching program is specifically designed to serve the unique educational characteristics and scheduling needs of adult learners. Classes meet one evening a week, and small cohort groups provide mutual support throughout the program. The MA in Teaching program allows you to continue to work full-time until you begin clinical practice.
WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITES
FOR ADMISSION TO THIS PROGRAM?
In addition to candidacy requirements outlined under “Academic Policies,” MA/T students must be officially admitted into the Division of Education (Gate 1). Following successful completion of 12 hours with a GPA of 3.0 or above, students will be admitted into the Division of Education and accepted for candidacy based on a successful Division of Education entrance interview and completion of all state and institutional requirements as outlined in the Academic Handbook.
In addition to the General Admissions requirements for all applicants to Trinity’s master’s programs, prospective MA/T candidates should be aware of the following:
The MA in Teaching offers two tracks for students looking to be licensed as teachers in Illinois. Students may choose between a focus in elementary or secondary education depending on their career goals. Choosing the elementary track leads to licensure to teach 1st through 6th grades. Those choosing the secondary track may choose to pursue licensure in middle grades (5th through 8th) or high school grades (9th through 12th) or both. All course work integrates biblical principles with training in educational best practice. Students are trained to think holistically about the classroom, engaging students in culturally sensitive ways.
In order to receive licensure in the state of Illinois, all students are required to take the relevant state tests, including the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP). Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the TAP and direct any questions to your Admissions Counselor.
All students in the MA/T program will take the following courses.
|ID 5001||Foundations for Integrative Thought
|ID 5002||Foundations for Cultural Engagement
<tr”>ED 5200History and Philosophy of Education3 hours
|ED 5201||Professional Skills for Teachers||1 hour|
|ED 5350||Advanced Educational Psychology||3 hours|
|ED 5400||Foundations of Special Education||3 hours|
|ED 5551||Teaching in Culturally Diverse Settings I||1 hour|
|ED 5552||Teaching in Culturally Diverse Settings II||1 hour|
|ED 5553||Diversity Field Experience||1 hour|
|ED 6690||General Teaching Methods||3 hours|
||Research Methods and Design I||1 hour|
|ED 6912||Research Methods and Design II||1 hour|
|ED 7460||Advanced Seminar in Education||2 hours|
|ED 7449||Classroom Management||1 hour|
|ED 7478||MA/T Capstone Project||1 hour|
Completed in conjunction with coursework in the third and fourth semesters.
Those pursuing elementary licensure will also take the following courses.
|ED 6400||Foundations of Teaching English as
a Second Language
|ED 6702||Methods for Teaching Reading in
the Primary Grades
|ED 6703||Methods for Teaching Mathematics in
the Elementary School
|ED 6705||Methods for Teaching Reading in
the Intermediate Grades
|ED 6706||Integration of Science, Social Studies, and
the Arts in Instruction
||Clinical Practice for Elementary Licensure||6 hours|
|Those pursuing secondary licensure will also
take the following courses:
|ED 5390||Adolescent Psychology||3 hours|
|ED 6260||Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum||3 hours|
|ED 6750||Middle School Methods||2 hours|
|ED 7455||Clinical Practice for Secondary Licensure||6 hours|
|Choose one of the following (for Secondary focus):|
|ED 6810||Teaching Biology in Secondary and Middle School||2 hours|
|ED 6820||Teaching Language Arts & Literature in Secondary/Middle School||2 hours|
|ED 6830||Teaching History & Social Studies in Secondary/Middle School||2 hours|
|ED 6840||Teaching Mathematics in Secondary and
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