Study Format

  • On Campus
  • Online

Program Length

  • 39 Credit Hours
    + Concentration

Application Deadlines

Aug, 25

Domestic Students

Fall 2021 Application due | Classes start Aug. 30, 2021

Jul, 06

International Students

Fall 2021 Completed file due | Classes start Aug. 30, 2021


Master of Arts in Teaching – Middle Grade Education (39 hours)

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Middle Grade Education Program is designed to prepare qualified professionals for teaching in middle school settings. Students who complete the program will be awarded a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and are entitled through Concordia University Chicago for a Professional Educator License (PEL) with a Middle Grades Education Endorsement for grade levels 5-8 inclusive.

Concordia‚ÄźChicago’s MAT in Middle Grade Education program emphasizes the following:

  • Development of core competencies in instructional planning, delivery and assessment
  • Respect and support for diversity in educational settings
  • How to ethically lead learning
  • The role of standards within the profession
  • The commitment to continuous improvement
  • Establish positive, social-emotional learning cultures.
  • Development of collaborative relationships to serve the learning of every student
  • The importance of reflective practice
  • An understanding of adolescent development 

Admission and Program Requirements

  • Complete 39 semester hours of professional coursework (including the Master’s capstone experience).
  • 3 semester hours of College Algebra with a grade of C- or better.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 0 on all coursework taken toward the Master of Arts in Teaching.
  • Passing score on content area licensure test for a specific subject area.
  • Previous subject area coursework applicable to the content endorsement will be evaluated to determine what credit hours may be awarded toward the endorsement area degree
  • Candidates must complete the edTPA portfolio, submit the portfolio to Pearson for scoring, and report the scores to the Illinois State Board of Education during the Student Teaching semester. A passing score on the edTPA portfolio must be earned before an initial teaching license will be awarded. Passing scores are determined by the State of Illinois Board of Education.

Middle School Major Subject Content Endorsement Areas 

  • English/Language Arts requires 24 hours of content specific coursework in one major area and including methods course.
  • Mathematics requires 24 hours of content specific coursework in one major area and including methods course.
  • Science - requires 27 hours of content specific coursework in one major area and including methods course.
  • Social Studies requires 24 hours of content specific coursework in one major area and including methods course.
  • Physical Education requires 24 hours of content specific coursework in one major area and including methods course.

Program Information

Professional Courses – 27 hours

Areas of Study*

Program Entry Courses (9 credit hours): Prerequisites to Professional Courses and admission to the College of Education.

  • EDUC 6435 (3 credit hours) Introduction to Education
    The student will explore the origins of standards-based education in our American educational system.  It introduces students to the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors of effective teachers.  The course also provides background to the context of contemporary education through an examination of historical, philosophical and political influences.

  • EDUC 6045 (3 credit hours) Theories of Learning and Cognition
    The student will be introduced to learning theory and research on cognition.  Emphasis will be placed on connecting principles of learning theory to classroom practice and the concept of developmentally appropriate instruction. (10 hours of Field Experience required)
  • EDMG-6000- (3 credit hours) Middle Grades: Development and Philosophy Young adolescent development and diversity. Middle level philosophy and implications for curriculum, instruction, school organization, programming and best practices. (10 hours of Field Experience)

Upon completion of the Program Entry Courses, Education Studies students must be admitted to the College of Education to continue and enter the MAT Secondary education program as Teacher Candidates before enrolling into the Professional Courses. See Transition Points in the MAT Secondary Program section in the Graduate Catalog for more information.

EDUC 6040 (3 credit hours) Intro to Classroom Teaching  & Technology for Learning

Introduction to variety of instructional strategies for teaching with a focus on using technology for learning.  Enrollment is limited to graduate students working toward initial certification.  Required for admittance to the College of Education.   (10 hours of Field Experience)

EDSC 6570 (3 credit hours) Teaching Diverse Learners at the Secondary Level  

This course develops the pre-service teachers understanding of theories and methodology essential to teaching diverse students in the 9-12 classroom.  Emphasis is on cultural and linguistic diversity. (18 hours of Field Experience)

EDUC 6290- (3 credit hours) Characteristics and Instruction of Exceptional Learners

Introductory course that examines the characteristics of exceptional learners (physical, psychological, behavioral/social, and academic) and needs of exceptional learners, including students who have special needs/disabilities and/or who are gifted and talented, explores appropriate programing, instructional strategies, assessments, and record keeping procedures for these learners and identifies the laws, policies and procedures applicable to exceptional learners. Required for admittance to the College of Education.    (12 hours of Field Experience)

EDUC 6415 (3 credit hours) Professional Responsibility and Ethics for Teachers

The student will develop an understanding of and commitment to Illinois Teacher Code of Ethics. Through case examinations, candidates will consider how school law impacts the life of the classroom.  The development of professionalism and teaching with integrity will also be explored. Required for admittance to the College of Education.

EDUC 6230 (3 credit hours) Literacy Instruction in the Content Area

Middle and Secondary Teaching literacy strategies specific to the core content areas  for secondary education students. Emphasis on the following: content area literacy, language acquisition, instructional approaches, reading processes, text selection, writing to learn, fostering discussion, visualization techniques, organization strategies, assessment, vocabulary, comprehension strategies, fluency, new literacies, and collaborating with others. Required for admittance to the College of Education. (10 hours of Field Experience)

EDUC 6060 (3 credit hours) Classroom Management and Assessment

A course that focuses on appropriate classroom management strategies and classroom assessment and evaluation.  Enrollment limited to graduate students working toward initial teacher certification.

EDUC 6445 (3 credit hours) Research for Pre-Service Teachers

This course is designed to introduce pre-service teacher candidates to the purposes, scope and design of Educational research.  The intended outcomes of the course would be to understand the role of research in educational design and decision making, to create consumers of research within the pre-service teaching community, and to learn how to incorporate appropriate research practices into instructional settings.

Required Methods Courses in Concentration

  • EDMG 6900 (3 credit hours) Content & Methods for Middle Grade Literacy or equivalent course (20 hours of Field Experience required)
  • EDMG 6905 (3 credit hours) Content & Methods for Middle Grade Mathematics or EDSC 6606 Content & Methods for Middle Grades/ Secondary Mathematics (20 hours of Field Experience required)
  • PES 6605 – (3 credit hours) Instructional Strategies and Human Performance  (20 hours of Field Experience required)
  • EDSC 6618- (3 credit hours) Content & Methods of Teaching Middle Grades/Secondary Science or equivalent course (20 hours of Field Experience required)
  • EDSC 6618 (3 credit hours) Content & Methods of Teaching Middle Grades/Secondary Social Science or equivalent course. (20 hours of Field Experience required)

Student Teaching Internship Semester- 6 hours

  • Student Teaching Internship course in the content area:
    • EDSC-6932 Middle Grade English Student Teaching
    • EDSC-6933 Middle Grade Math Student Teaching
    • EDSC-6934 Middle Grade Physical Education Student Teaching
    • EDSC-6935 Middle Grade Student Teaching
    • EDSC-6936 Middle Grade Social Studies Student Teaching
    • EDUC 6985 edTPA Seminar and Colloquium
      The student will explore edTPA portfolio related needs, issues, skills and areas of knowledge, specifically in preparation for submitting the assessment to Pearson.  Prerequisite:  Enrolled in the Student Teaching Internship

Capstone Experiences

  • Positive Impact Presentation (PIP) on student learning
  • Teacher Performance Assessment [EDTPA] – state required portfolio to be submitted and passed prior to

Clinical Experience (Pre-Professional Hours)

  • 100 hours (all pre-professional hours are embedded in the MAT coursework and must be completed prior to student teaching).

Each course will describe the number of hours required to be completed in classrooms and the nature of the experience that a candidate must complete.

+ See Transition Points in College of Education under Secondary Programs for further information

  • Any deficiencies in the content area may be met by completing the appropriate Concordia University coursework and/or approved transfer coursework
  • The MAT Middle Grade Education Program is subject to change in order to meet any new Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requirements

Seminar in Higher Education (EDU 6015)

In addition to the base program curriculum, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.

Course Description

This course will serve as an introduction to the U.S.-based higher education learning environment. Students will work to understand Concordia University Chicago’s academic conventions, technological systems and communication culture while developing English grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

The Seminar in Higher Education is an excellent opportunity for students to further develop critical skills to help them to be successful in their academic program. This 3-credit course is mandatory for international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus. 

Course Objectives

  • Developing knowledge about local and academic culture
  • Building grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills
  • Conducting graduate-level research with the use of electronic and library resources
  • Developing note-taking strategies for coursework
  • Reflecting on the U.S.-based education system

Academic support for work in students’ current coursework will also be provided during or after class. Guest speakers include representatives from the campus library, writing center and technology services.

Student feedback for the Seminar in Higher Education

  • After taking the Seminar, I have the ability to perform more professionally in my assignments.

  • The instructor was very dynamic and a good listener. He gave feedback and made sure all the students understood.

  • The hands-on activities after the lessons helped my learning experience.

  • The professor truly cares for the students. He helps students individually and encourages us to support our peers.


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