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M.A.T. in Elementary Education

Prepares candidates to teach elementary level students while taking into account their unique learning styles. The guiding principle of NLU instructional methods is based on constructivist philosophy: that learning is an active social process and teachers are the facilitators in that process.

Delivery Method

Blended. The program will include one online and one face-to-face course (meeting from 6-9 pm one night per week for 11 weeks) per quarter.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application

  • Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended

  • NCE Graduate Admission Essay

  • Three references (waived for applicants with a 3.0 or higher GPA)


See full details, including application and checklist, via www.nl.edu/applyonline

Transfer Policy

Only nine semester hours of coursework taken prior to admission to National College of Education's Graduate School may be counted toward a degree.

Special Characteristics

The State of Illinois requires a minimum of 100 hours of preclinical experience before student teaching. Hours are completed as part of the coursework, including ELE500, ELE510, and SPE500. Additional hours of field experience may be needed as part of the Master of Arts in Teaching program requirements. Each student's growth as a teacher is encouraged and documented throughout the program through the development of clinical competencies and a Professional Portfolio.