General Master of Arts in Teaching

The M.A.T. in elementary or secondary education is available to students who have earned a B.A. from an accredited college/university with a liberal arts major, or its equivalent.


Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 GPA, cumulative and in a discipline-specific (for secondary licensure candidates) or liberal arts (for elementary licensure candidates) major. Scores from the General Graduate Record Exam are required for teacher candidates having completed undergraduate work elsewhere.

Prior to Admission:

  • Pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), or submit ACT/SAT scores to Illinois State Board of Education
  • Pass the Illinois Content Area (Subject Matter) Examination (elementary licensure candidates pass the content area examination during the second/spring semester);
  • Complete the Wheaton Teacher Education Program (WheTEP) application and process;
  • Submit the Student Teaching Application; and
  • Submit the Graduate Candidacy Form.

Course Work

General Elementary Education M.A.T. Program

This program is two years and one summer in length. Those seeking an elementary license must have a liberal arts major, or be willing to complete course work in a liberal arts discipline equivalent to a major prior to admission. 

Typical Course Sequence (PDF)

General Secondary/K-12 Education M.A.T. Program

This program is three semesters and one summer in length. Wheaton College offers secondary education licensure in:

  • English/Language Arts
  • Foreign Languages (French, German, or Spanish)
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space, or Physics designation)
  • Social Science (History designation)

Typical Course Sequence (PDF) 

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