About the MAT

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Since 1952, Rockford University has granted Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degrees. Our graduates have gone on to establish themselves as exceptional teachers throughout Rockford, the state and the nation. The Rockford University Master of Arts in Teaching program is designed to help students develop further knowledge in one or more academic disciplines, to increase understanding of the educational process, and to enhance various skills involved in teaching. Rockford University offers several programs of study which meet the professional requirements for teachers in Illinois and most other states including the Early Childhood Education program. Candidates may also complete the course work necessary for a Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS I) in Special Education, a Reading endorsement, or a middle school endorsement in a variety of subject areas.

Rockford University, in cooperation with PLS 3rd Learning, also offers several graduate-level courses designed to provide practical, up-to-date teaching strategies for practicing educators. These courses are acceptable as an area of concentration in the Instructional Strategies program and as electives in all other programs.

Our Programs

We offer a thesis option (32 hours) and a non-thesis option (36 hours) for MAT tracks. Learn more about our On-Campus and Off-Campus programs >>

Licensure Tracks ‌‌‌

Non Licensure Tracks

  • Instructional Strategies
  • MAT in Education

Length of the Program

Most students can reasonably complete the MAT degree in two or three years, depending upon the number of courses taken per semester. Students have up to five years to complete all degree requirements.

Endorsement Plans of Study