Academics

Masters of Arts - Teaching Degrees

Master of Arts in Teaching - Early Childhood Education 
(38 hours)

 Lutheran Teacher Diploma (58 hours)

Degree Requirements

• Complete 38 semester hours of coursework as indicated, including the master’s capstone experience and all general education competency requirements. Candidates seeking Lutheran Teacher Certification must complete an additional 20 semester hours in prescribed theology coursework.

• Previous coursework and life experience of the candidate will be evaluated to determine if additional hours will be needed. Candidates who complete the program will be awarded a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and will be eligible to apply for an Initial Early Childhood (Type 04) teaching certificate.

GPA Requirements

A grade of ‘“C” or better must be achieved in all courses. Plus, the candidate must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all coursework taken toward the master of arts in teaching.

All candidates graduating from certification programs must show evidence of passing scores on all tests leading to Illinois Certification in order to be considered a program complete. Refer to the College of Education Handbook for information related to additional program requirements.

General Education Competencies for the M.A.T. Programs

Communications Skills
3 semester hours-English Composition II or equivalent
3 semester hours-Fundamentals of Speech or equivalent

Mathematics
3 semester hours above Intermediate Algebra

Natural Sciences (one lab science course required)
3 semester hours-Biological Science
3 semester hours-Physical Science

Humanities*
9 semester hours in at least two different areas

Social Sciences*
9 semester hours in at least two different areas

*One of the courses in these two areas must be classified as a Non-Western or
Third-World course.

The candidate also must complete American History or American Government from these areas.

Candidates also may demonstrate completion of advanced work in a specialty area common to school curricula.

Candidates may meet competencies in each of these areas via the successful completion of appropriate coursework, through assessment of life experiences, i.e. credit for prior learning (CPL) or CLEP exams.

CLEP Credit

The University grants credit for the General Examination of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Students may receive three to twelve semester hours of credit based on the score achieved on the exam. In general, a minimum score of 50 is required to receive three semester hours of credit. In all cases, Concordia University Chicago will follow the ACE recommendation. This credit equivalency is granted only after the student successfully has completed at least 12 semester hours in residence. In addition, Concordia grants credit for the College Level Examination Program Subject Examinations. Students wishing to substitute CLEP credit for a Concordia course must consult with their Academic Advisor for CLEP/Concordia course equivalencies.

Since CLEP credit is considered transfer credit, the University reserves the right to determine the number and type of CLEP credits that can be accepted toward a student’s degree.

Credit for Prior Learning

Concordia University Chicago recognizes that college level learning and subsequent credit can be acquired in both the traditional classroom as well as non-traditional settings. Credit for prior learning may be presented in the form of ACE (American Council on Education) evaluated training/certifications, military training, and/or Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) essays.

Students wishing to pursue Credit for Prior Learning are required to contact the CPL coordinator at Concordia. Students with educational experiences from service in the Army, Navy or Marines are encouraged to submit an AARTS or SMART transcript. Fee: $200/topic.

Areas of Study

A grade of “C” or better must be achieved in all courses.

Prerequisite to Methods Courses (6 hours)
EDU-6140 Resources and Strategies of Teaching ECE
PSY-6055 Developmental Psychology: Infancy and Early Childhood

Professional Courses (23 hours)

Required:

ENG-6100 Language Development of the Young Child
EDU-6095 Foundations of Early Childhood Education
EDU-6150 Creative Processes and the Young Child
EDU-6201 Teaching of Reading
EDU-6445 Introducation to Research for Pre-Service Teachers

Choose one:
-6160 Parent Involvement in Early Childhood

Choose one
EDU-6425 Psychology and Methods of Teaching the Exceptional Learner
EDU-6175 Identification and Education of Young Children with Special Needs

Choose one:
THY-6400 The Christian in Society
THY-6500 Moral, Ethical, and Spiritual Development of the Child

Professional Instructional (Methods) Courses (3 hours)
EDU-6125 Teaching Science and Math in theEarly Childhood Classroom

Professional Semester (6 hours)
EDU-6920 Candidate Teaching: Early Childhood

Capstone Experience

Standards-based portfolio with an Oral Defense

Clinical Experience
100 hours

Lutheran Education – all required for Lutheran Teacher Diploma (20 hours)

THY-2000 The Old Testament
THY-2200 Faith of the Christian Church
THY-3210 Christian Life
THY-3300 History of Christian Biography
THY-4410 World Religions
THY-4450 Spiritual Nurture of the Young Child

 

Special Education Endorsement

Special Education endorsement (LBS 1, Limited) may be awarded to candidates by entitlement in addition to the Teaching Certificate at the time of graduation if the following criteria are met:

EDU-6425 Psychology and Methods of Teaching the Exceptional Learner
EDU-6350 Characteristics and Learning Needs of Students with Academic and Physical Challenges
EDU-6355 Instructional Strategies for Students with Academic and Physical Challenges*
EDU-6360 Characteristics and Learning Needs of Students with Learning and Behavior Disorders
EDU-6365 Instructional Strategies for Student with Learning and Behavior Disorders*
EDU-6370 Curriculum Based and Educational Measurement of Exceptional Learners*

Candidates must also pass the Illinois Content Area Test for Special Education. (Learning Behavior Specialist 1 Test 155).

Students apply for endorsement through the Illinois State Board of Education via the Regional Offices of Education. ISBE Form 73-52, official transcripts and any fees must be submitted before endorsement is given. Upon approval, the student will obtain an LBS 1 Limited endorsement. This endorsement allows the endorsement holder to teacher Special Education students within the age and grade limits of their teaching certificate.

Required Field Experience

The candidate must complete a minimum of 100 clock hours of field experience prior to candidate teaching. These 100 hours are structured to include guided observation, instructional support, individual tutoring, small group instruction and large/whole group instruction. The following courses provide a structural framework for clinical experiences:

EDU-6125 Teaching Science and Math in the Early Childhood Classroom
EDU-6140 Resources/Strategies of Teaching ECE
EDU-6150 Creative Processes for the Young Child
EDU-6201 Teaching of Reading
EDU-6055 Developmental Psychology: Infancy & Early Childhood
EDU-6425 Psychology and Methods of Teaching the Exceptional Learner
EDU-6175 Identification and Education of Young Children with Special Needs

Monitoring Candidate Progress

Checklist for Assessment Transition Points

The State of Illinois, the State Board of Education, and the State Certification Board and accrediting agencies require that recognized institutions must have a continuous assessment policy in force to evaluate candidates in teacher education programs. Concordia has established four transition points to meet these mandates. The transition points and their requirements follow.

Admission to the University

Current standards, policies, and procedures for admission to Concordia University Chicago and the MAT Program must be met by all teacher education candidates.

Transition Point One: Admission to the College of Education

Candidates may not take Professional Instructional (Methods) courses without prior admission to the College of Education.

Application deadlines for admission to the College of Education:
February 15, June 15, October 15

The Teacher Education Admission Committee approves candidates for admission into the College of Education. To be considered for admission to the College of Education, the candidate must:

• Pass the Illinois Test of Basic Skills;

• Submit the completed application and supporting documentation to the Office of Field Experience in the College of Education;

• Complete the following prerequisite courses or their equivalents with a grade of C or better:

ENG-6140 Resources and Strategies of Teaching ECE
PSY-4101 Development Psychology:

Infancy and Early Childhood
• Complete a minimum of 20 hours of the required 100 hours of field experience and submit documented proof to the Office of Field Experience for approval on or before deadline date;

• Earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all coursework taken in the MAT program;

• Submit a current program plan to Office of Field Experience;

• Submit three assessment of candidate’s dispositions to the Office of Field Experience;

• Pass Checkpoint #1 of the Professional Portfolio;

• Submit the report of a fingerprint criminal background check to the Office of Field Experience.

Transition Point Two: Admission to the Professional Semester

The Professional Semester includes Student Teaching and coursework. Candidates may not student teach without prior admission to the Professional Semester.

Application deadlines for admission to the Professional Semester:
February 15, June 15, October 15

The Teacher Education Admission Committee approves candidates for admission to the Professional Semester. To be considered for admission to the Professional Semester, the candidate must:

• Submit the completed Application to the Professional Semester and supporting documentation to the Office of Field Experience on or before the deadline date;

• Pass the appropriate Content Area Test(s) from the State of Illinois Testing System;

• Complete a minimum of 80 hours of the required 100 hours of field experience and submit documented proof to the Office of Field Experience for approval. The entire 100 hours must be completed prior to student teaching;

• Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5;

• Earn a GPA of 3.0 for all coursework taken in the MAT program;

• Submit an updated program plan to the Office of Field Experience;

• Submit four new assessment of candidate’s dispositions to the Office of Field Experience;

• Pass Professional Portfolio Checkpoint #2;

• Complete First Aid/CPR Certification training and submit documentation of completion to the Office of Field Experience.

Transition Point Three: Completion of Professional Semester

To successfully complete the Professional Semester, the candidate must:

• Successfully complete Student Teaching;

• Complete all required coursework.

The Professional Semester Handbook provides details and guidelines for meeting the criteria for successful completion of the professional semester.

Transition Point Four: Completion of Program

To complete the Teacher Certification program successfully and be eligible for teacher certification in the State of Illinois, the candidate who has completed all program requirements including Student Teaching must:

• Pass the Illinois Assessment of
Professional Teaching Test;

• Pass Professional Portfolio Checkpoint #3
(Capstone Experience)

Master of Arts in Teaching–Elementary Education (39 hours)

The Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Education, is designed to deliver outstanding teacher preparation and provide the pathway to initial certification for candidates at the master’s level. Concordia’s program emphasizes:

• the development of core competencies in instructional planning, delivery and assessment

• respect and support for diversity in educational settings

• how to lead classrooms ethically

• the role of standards within the profession

• the commitment to continuous improvement

• the importance of reflective practice, and

• the development of collaborative relationships to serve
the learning of every child.

Upon successful completion of degree requirements, candidates are eligible for Type 03 certification from the State of Illinois.

A grade of “C” or better must be achieved in all courses. Plus, the candidate must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all coursework taken toward the Master of Arts in Teaching.

Required Coursework

Prerequisites to Professional/Instructional Methods Courses
EDU-6040 Classroom Teaching Skills
EDU-6045 Theories of Learning and Cognition
EDU-6435 Introduction to Education

Professional Courses
EDU-6415 Professional Responsibility and Ethics for Teachers
EDU-6425 Psychology and Methods for Teaching Exceptional Learners
EDU-6445 Research for Pre-Service Teachers

Professional Instructional (Methods) Courses
EDU-6025 Curriculum and Methods for Teaching Science and Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom
EDU-6035 Curriculum and Methods for Teaching Elem/Middle School Art, Music, PE
EDU-6201 Curriculum and Methods for Literacy Instruction
EDU-6510 Curriculum and Methods for Teaching Social Studies: Standards Based Instruction

Professional Semester
EDU-6060 Classroom Management and Assessment
EDU-6921 Student Teaching: Elementary/Middle School Education

Capstone Experience

Candidates must submit a Professional Portfolio as the Master of Arts in Teaching degree capstone experience. The Professional Portfolio will be included in coursework requirements.

Pre-professional Field Experience

100 hours (embedded in coursework above)

Middle School Endorsement Requirements (optional)

18 semester hours in Content Area (Some areas require specific courses)

EDU-4500 Middle School: Assumptions and Curriculum

Choose one:
PSY-4105 Developmental Psychology:

Middle Childhood (3 hours)
PSY-4110 Developmental Psychology: Adolescence (3 hours)

Master of Arts in Teaching–
Secondary Education
(39 hours)

The Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Education, is designed to deliver outstanding teacher preparation and provide the pathway to initial certification for candidates at the master’s level. Concordia’s program emphasizes:

• the development of core competencies in instructional planning, delivery and assessment

• respect and support for diversity in educational settings

• how to lead classrooms ethically

• the role of standards within the profession

• the commitment to continuous improvement

• the importance of reflective practice, and

• the development of collaborative relationships to serve
the learning of every child.

Upon successful completion of degree requirements, candidates are eligible for Type 09 certification from the State of Illinois.

A grade of “C” or better must be achieved in all courses. Plus, the candidate must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all coursework taken toward the Master of Arts in Teaching.

Required Coursework

Prerequisites to Professional/Instructional Methods Courses (9 hours)
EDU-6040 Classroom Teaching Skills
EDU-6045 Theories of Learning and Cognition
EDU-6435 Introduction to Education

Professional Courses (15 hours)
EDU-6230 Reading in Middle/Secondary Schools
EDU-6415 Professional Responsibility and Ethics for Teachers
EDU-6425 Psychology and Methods for Teaching Exceptional Learners
EDU-6445 Research for Pre-Service Teacher
EDU-6570 Teaching at the Secondary Level

Professional Instructional (Methods) Courses (6 hours)

Choose one of the following per your chosen major:
• ART-6601 Teaching Art: Middle/Secondary Schools
• ENG-6602 Teaching English: Middle/Secondary Schools
• FOL-6603 Teaching Foreign Language:

Middle/Secondary Schools

• MAE-6606 Teaching Mathematics: Middle/Secondary Schools
• PES-6605 Instructional Strategies for Human Performance
• SBS-6619 Teaching Social Science: Middle and Secondary Level
• SCE-6618 Teaching Science: Middle and Secondary Schools

One graduate-level course in chosen major.

Professional Semester (9 hours)
EDU-6060 Classroom Management and Assessment
EDU-6922 Student Teaching: Secondary Education

Capstone Experience

Candidates must submit a Professional Portfolio as the Master of Arts in Teaching degree capstone experience. The Professional Portfolio will be included in coursework requirements.

Pre-professional Field Experience

100 hours (embedded in coursework above)