Study Format

  • Blended

Program Length

  • 39 Credit Hours
  • 24 Months

Application Deadlines

Aug, 19

Domestic Students

Fall 2020 Completed File Due. Classes start August 24, 2020.

Jul, 06

International Students

Fall 2020 Completed File Due. Classes start August 24, 2020.


The Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education is designed to deliver outstanding teacher preparation. Upon successful completion of degree requirements, candidates are eligible for a Professional Educator License (PEL) with an Elementary endorsement from the State of Illinois for Grades 1 through 6. Concordia’s program emphasizes the following:

  • Application to and admission into the MAT Elementary program
  • Complete 39 semester hours of coursework (including the Master’s capstone experience)
  • A grade of “C” or higher must be achieved in all General Education courses
  • Pass the Content Area licensure test (Elementary) prior to Student Teaching.
  • Complete and submit the edTPA portfolio for scoring and report the score to the Illinois State Board of Education during the Student Teaching semester. A passing score on the edTPA portfolio must be earned before PEL will be awarded. The Illinois State Board of Education determines the passing scores for edTPA.
  • The Illinois State Board of Education has defined specific General Education requirements for all Elementary Educators. Candidates for the MAT Elementary program must submit transcripts that document that they have met these general education requirements prior to entering the program. 

General Education Requirements for MAT Elementary Program

  • General Education Requirements – Applicant’s transcript(s) must document that all course work submitted to meet General Education requirements has a grade of C or higher:

Content Area 1 - Communication and Composition  

  1. Course in Advanced Composition
  2. Course in Public Speaking/Speech-Communication

Content Area 2 - Mathematics

  1. Course in College Algebra or higher
  2. Course in College Geometry or higher

Content Area 3 - Natural Sciences (one course must have a lab)

  1. A course in Life Science
  2. A course in Physical Science

Content Area 4 - Humanities (9 credit hours made up from two areas)

  1. Fine or Performing arts
  2. History, Philosophy, Literature
  3. 1 course in American History (Required)

Content Area 5 - Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 credit hours made up from two areas)

  1. Coursework from Psychology or sociology
  2. Coursework from Political Science, Economics or Geography

Applicants must transfer in one course classified as a Non-Western course or area of study. 

Applicants must have transcripted coursework in an academic major/minor content area common to elementary education curriculum with grades of C or higher.


Program Information

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

  • EDUC 6150 (3 credit hours) Foundations of Education
    The student will construct a foundation for understanding teaching and schooling in a diverse society by investigating historic and current understandings of education in a changing world. 10 hours of field experience required. Prerequisite for Professional Coursework.

  • EDUC 6250 (3 credit hours) Integrating and Assessing Learning in Diverse Classrooms
    The student will develop resource kits and interdisciplinary unit plans that promote problem solving, critical thinking,  and collaboration in diverse classrooms including English language learners and learners with special needs. 10 hours field experience required. Prerequisite for Professional Coursework.

  • EDUC 6350 (3 credit hours) Learning, Language Acquisition, and Cognition across Cultures
    The student will explore the key learning, language acquisition and cognitive theories pertinent to classrooms with language and cultural diversity. 8 hours field experience required. Prerequisite for Professional Coursework.

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

Block 1 Professional Courses (9 credit hours)

  • EDEL 6901 (3 credit hours) Teaching English Language Arts: Content
    The candidate will explore the conventions for language and literacy development (reading, writing, speaking, listening) in linguistically diverse classrooms – including English language learners and learners with special needs. An examination of various genres and characteristics in children’s literature that will meet the needs of all learners. 10 hours of field experience required. Prerequisite: admitted to the College of Education.

  • EDEL 6902 (3 credit hours) Teaching English Language Arts: Methods and Assessment
    The candidate will develop effective, creative, and research-based strategies for language and literacy development (reading, writing, speaking, listening) in linguistically diverse classrooms, including English language learners and learners with special needs. 10 hours of field experience required. Prerequisite: admitted to the College of Education.

  • EDEL 6290 (3 credit hours) Characteristics and Instruction of Exceptional Learners
    The candidate will identify the characteristics of exceptional learners (physical, psychological, behavioral/social, and academic) and needs, including those of the gifted and talented learner. 12 hours of field experience required. Prerequisite: admitted to the College of Education.

Summer 1 Professional Courses (3 credit hours)

  • EDEL 6922 (3 credit hours) Professionalism, Leadership, Communication, and Ethics for Pre-service Elementary Teachers
    The candidate will articulate and demonstrate the competencies, attitudes and behaviors for effective teaching and classroom management in linguistically and culturally diverse classrooms. No field experience required. Prerequisite: admitted to the College of Education.

Block 2 Professional Courses (6 credit hours)

  • EDEL 6908 (3 credit hours)Teaching Science:  Content, Methods and Assessment  
    In this course, students will: (i) acquire proficiency in elementary grades science content (physical, life and earth sciences, including engineering and technology), standards, curriculum and assessment for diverse classrooms—including English language learners and learners with special needs. Methods include planning and teaching lessons that utilize inquiry, creative thinking and problem solving. 20 hours field experience required. Prerequisite: admitted to the College of Education

  • EDEL 6910 (3 credit hours) Teaching Social Studies: Content, Methods, and Assessment
    The candidate will acquire proficiency in elementary grades social science content (including Illinois history, geography, economics, and civics), standards, and curriculum for diverse classrooms. 10 hours of field experience required. Prerequisite: admitted to the College of Education.

Block 3 Professional Courses (6 credit hours), EDEL 6919 taken concurrently in the same semester

  • EDEL 6918 (3 credit hours) Teaching Physical Education and the Fine Arts: Content, Methods, and Assessment
    The candidate will explore and develop effective and creative strategies to teach the skills that are pertinent to life-long physical well-being and creative expressions in the classroom. 10 hours field experience required. Prerequisite: admitted to the College of Education.
  • EDEL 6919(3 Credit Hours) Teaching Math: Content, Methods and Assessments
    In this course, students will acquire proficiency in elementary grades math content, standards, curriculum and assessment, and develop effective and creative strategies to teach mathematical concepts, procedures, and reasoning processes in diverse classrooms – including English Language Learners and learners with special needs. 20 hours field experience required. Prerequisite: admitted to the College of Education

Summer 2 Professional Courses (3 credit hours)

  • EDUC 6920 (3 credit hours) Introduction to Research Methodology: Action Research
    The candidate will develop research and writing skills essential to Action Research, gain proficiency in organizing thoughts and arguments in the context of Action Research, and demonstrate the integration of research and pedagogy within the education context.

Student Teaching Internship (6 credit hours)

  • EDUC 6985 (0 credit hours) 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.
  • EDEL 6920 (6 credit hours) Elementary Grades Student Teaching Internship
    The Student Teaching Internship is in an elementary classroom every day during the sixteen-week semester under the guidance of a Cooperating Teacher. The Student Teacher will be supported and evaluated by a University Supervisor. Candidates must meet the requirements for Transition Point Two: Admission to the Student Teaching Internship Semester to begin the internship. Subsequently, candidates must meet the requirements for Transition Point Three: Completion of the Student Teaching Internship Semester. Attendance at scheduled edTPA seminars and Colloquium is required. The Student Teaching Internship Semester Handbook provides details and guidelines for meeting the criteria for successful completion of the Internship Semester and the process for obtaining the Illinois Professional Educator License.

The College of Education Student Manual provides details and guidelines for meeting the criteria for successful completion of the Internship Semester and the process for obtaining the Illinois Professional Educator License. Successful completion includes

  • Satisfactory completion of the Internship by meeting or exceeding all assessment benchmarks.
  • Prepare and present documentation of positive impacts on student learning from your internship teaching (Positive Impact Presentation).
  • Complete all State required assessments at the time of the internship (Content Area Test).

Capstone Experience

  • Positive Impact Presentation
  • edTPA – portfolio to be submitted and achieve a passing score prior to licensing.

Clinical Experience (Pre-Professional Hours)

  • 110 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 in classrooms and the nature of the experience that a candidate must complete.

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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