M.A.T. in Teaching (Elementary Education with Licensure)

About the Program

If you ever daydream about trading your current career to teach elementary school, that new life is only seven semesters. Our evening program, perfect for working adults, will build on your bachelor’s degree in any field to prepare you to teach first- through sixth-grades in Illinois public schools.

Your early clinical occurs in a classroom during the regular school year in which you develop, teach and assess literacy instruction. During your student-teaching, you will be placed in a school full time during the day – just like a regular teacher.

Program Mode of Delivery

Courses for this program are delivered online beginning in fall 2022.


To complete the degree, you’ll compete 45 credit hours, including a five-credit hour student teaching experience. If you also want to earn your ESL and/or bilingual endorsement, you can accomplish that with only two additional semesters of study.

Applying to the Program

You can apply to the NIU Graduate School as a degree-seeking student or as a Student-at-Large, which allows you to take a course while waiting for official admission to the program. Your complete application packet will require your career goal statement, two references and your college transcripts.

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Your faculty teach in the departments of Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Technology, Research and Assessment; Kinesiology and Physical Education; Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations; and Special and Early Education.

Why NIU Online?

We know you have responsibilities and commitments. It's just easier if you're able to take classes where you are without the commute. The good news is that with NIU, you're not alone. Your classmates and instructors are available via the same technology that helps deliver your classes. In our classrooms or in your living room, we want you to succeed academically because your future is our focus.

Program Type: Master of Arts in Teaching
College: College of Education
Credits Required: 46
Tuition per Credit: $509.75 (Learn more about tuition and fees)

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Nick Slicer, Graduate Advisor

Application Deadlines

For applicants residing in the U.S.

Term Deadline
Fall August 14
Spring December 4

For international students living abroad

Term Deadline
Fall October 1
Spring December 1


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