Become a teacher-scholar who sparks lifelong learning. Teaching (M.A.T.)

Wheaton College Graduate School offers two licenses for Master of Arts programs, the Elementary (1-6) License and the Secondary (6-12) License.

The M.A.T. program is ideal for current undergraduate Wheaton students who want to earn their initial teaching license with an accelerated program or for or subject matter experts who wish to transition into a teaching career.

Credential Type

  • M.A.

Major Credits Required

  • Varies


  • 1-2 years


  • Residential


  • Elementary, Secondary

Additional Licensure

  • Illinois Professional Teaching License (PEL)

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Our graduates shape the future in public, private, and international schools.

Accelerated 5th Year Option

Wheaton undergraduates can complete their M.A.T. by adding an additional year.

10% Increase in Salary

Illinois teachers with a master's degree receive a 10% increase in pay.

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Prepares to teach and lead for human flourishing. Why Wheaton for your Master's in Teaching?

There's an incredible teacher shortage in Illinois and around the the United States. Earning a master of arts in teaching allows those without a bachelor's degree in education to earn the skills, knowledge, and credentials needed to enter the teaching profession.


How to Become a Teacher

Wheaton's M.A.T. program is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). This means that after successful completion of the program, you'll be eligible for state licensure in Illinois, which can be transferred to other states.

Initial Teaching License Areas

You can choose from one of two Illinois teaching licensure areas:

Elementary - Grades 1-6 Secondary Education - Grades 6-12
Offered for students with undergraduate degree who wish to teach in grades 1-6. Offered in content areas including Biology, Chemistry, English, French, German, History/Social Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Spanish.
MAT: Elementary Licensure Overview MAT: Secondary Licensure Overview


Accelerated Option: The 5th Year M.A.T.

Current Wheaton undergraduate students have an option to pursue their master's degree in teaching by adding one additional year to their studies.

ESL Endorsement

Add an ESL or Bilingual Education Endorsement to your teaching credentials. The endorsements must be added to a teaching license for the elementary, middle, or secondary levels for graduates to be ESL and bilingual education teachers in both public and private schools.

Learn more about endorsements

Why Study Education at Wheaton?

Our Curriculum

Our M.A.T. prepares you to educate and lead for human flourishing through coursework in teaching and linguistics, practical classroom learning experiences, and independent research.

Please see the graduate course catalog for current requirements as well as the most up-to-date course numbers, titles, and descriptions.

Example Courses

While your specific requirements will depend on your chosen licensing area, M.A.T. course options include:

  • Theories & Methods for Teaching
  • Educational Technology
  • Craft of Teaching
  • Theological Perspectives on Language & Teaching
  • Classroom Communication & Curriculum Integration

Our Faculty Compassionate and Intelligent Educators

Learn from faculty members with a wide range of professional experience and research interests, including cross-cultural empathy, educational technology, philosophy of education, psychology of human learning, and children’s and adolescent literature.

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Thomas Boehm, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Ann Haskins Associate Professor of Special Education, Coordinator of Special Education Program, Director of Wheaton Center for Faith and Disability
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Mark E. Jonas, Ph.D.

Professor of Education and Professor of Philosophy (by courtesy)
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IL-Hee Kim, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education
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Financial Wellness

The Wheaton College Graduate School Student Financial Services team can help you understand how much your graduate studies will cost and what loans, scholarships, and other assistance may be available to you. 

Learn About Graduate Financial Aid

Next Steps

Interested in entering this rewarding profession or advancing your current teaching career? Wheaton's M.A.T. program might be right for you. Request more information or start your application today.