Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Since 1952, our Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree has established a proud tradition as a teacher of teachers. Our MAT graduates have distinguished themselves as educational leaders throughout the nation. Small classes and a professional, experienced, and dedicated faculty provide our MAT graduate students with a quality learning experience.

Our endorsements and Master of Arts in Teaching degree tracks will strengthen your career or prepare you for a rewarding future in education — whether you are already in the teaching field, new to teaching, or dreaming of becoming a teacher.

Earn a Professional Educator License (PEL) with an endorsement in Early Childhood, Elementary, K-12, Secondary, or Special Education
Add a subsequent endorsement to a PEL in Early Childhood, Elementary, K-12, Secondary, or Special Education
As a licensed teacher, earn your master’s in Instructional Strategies or in Reading with a Reading Specialist endorsement
Earn endorsements in ESL/Bilingual, Learning Behavior Specialist I, Middle School, and Reading Teacher
Our programming is unique, flexible and accelerated!


Department Information

Office of Graduate Studies
PURI Business School--Lower Level
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
fax: 815-394-3706
Michele Mehren, Assistant Director

Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

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Quick Fact

Funded by a grant from the The Library of Congress, the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at Rockford University supports Northern Illinois educators in their efforts to incorporate primary-source, inquiry-based learning to enhance the achievement of students in kindergarten through grade 12. The program is conducted through undergraduate and graduate classes leading to teacher certification at Rockford University, including student teaching. 

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