Master of Arts in Teaching

Wheaton College offers two licenses for Master of Arts programs, the Elementary
(K-9) License and the Secondary (6-12) License and is offered as an accelerated program for current Wheaton College undergraduate students as well as for candidates who graduated from another four-year college/university.

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Licensure

Initial Elementary Education

  • Accelerated MAT 
    (For current undergraduate students from Wheaton College)
  • General MAT 
    (For students who graduated from an accredited four-year college/university)

Initial Secondary Education

  • Accelerated MAT 
    (For current undergraduate students from Wheaton College)
  • General MAT 
    (For students who graduated from an accredited four-year college/university)

Education With a Difference

The Wheaton College M.A.T. program:

  • Prepares those seeking an initial teaching license to integrate faith and learning through graduate level experiences from a Christian perspective
  • Equips educators to become scholar-educators through internship and induction year experiences  

These combined elements unite theory and practice to prepare Christian educators who are equipped for tomorrow's classrooms. Two recent M.A.T. students recently wrote blogs >> about why they preferred Wheaton's M.A.T. program over the Teach for America.

Professional Preparation

The Master of Arts in Teaching is designed for those seeking an initial teaching license in order to teach in public, private, and/or Christian schools as well as for students considering international ministry and/or teaching. It is not designed for those who already possess a teaching license.

The purpose of this program is to prepare future educators who have a strong liberal arts foundation and have completed a bachelor's degree with a liberal arts major at an accredited institution. Secondary licensure is offered for any of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, English, French, Geology, German, History-Social Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Spanish. Elementary licensure is offered to students who have a liberal arts major, or a willingness to complete course work in a liberal arts discipline equivalent to a major.

Accreditation

The M.A.T. program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) >> and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) >>.