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Teachers transform lives in their classrooms. We help them do so.
Our certifications, 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.
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- Earn initial or subsequent certifications in Early Childhood, Elementary, K–12, Secondary, or Special Education
- Earn your Master of Arts in Teaching degree in the following tracks: Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, K–12, Special Education, or Reading
- As a certified teacher, earn your master’s in Instructional Strategies or advanced certification as a Reading Specialist
- Earn endorsements in ESL/Bilingual, Learning Behavior Specialist I, Middle School, and Reading Teacher
Our programming is unique, flexible and accelerated!
- Design a plan tailored to your passion
- Finish your certification in 12–24 months
- Small class sizes with individual attention
- Traditional campus setting with night classes for working adults
- Competitive tuition and options for payment — take up to 4 courses before formally enrolling in a program
- Dedicated and knowledgeable faculty and staff to help you every step of the way
- Only MAT program of its kind in the region
- Come with any undergraduate degree and earn a teaching degree
- Since 2000, 22 of our alumni have been honored with Golden Apple Awards and 2 alumnae have been recognized as Illinois Teachers of the Year
Learn more by contacting the Office of Graduate Studies.
Times of Operation: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: 5100 Building, 5050 E. State Street, Rockford, IL 61108 (View our Campus Map >>)
The Early Childhood Education program is ideal for a career as a public/private school teacher, an administrator, as a Head Start teacher, child development professional or family specialist, and any student looking for a rewarding career within the early education field.
Both undergraduate and graduate students will receive early childhood special education approval upon completion of the early childhood program.
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Click here for the Application for Graduation.
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Graduation paperwork is due the semester before you graduate. If you have not received the paperwork, or would like to check to make sure they have been received, call the Graduate Studies Office at 815-226-4040. If the graduation paperwork is not in, you may not be allowed to graduate and will have to wait until the next semester.
Click here for the Application for Candidacy.
Both forms are required in order to graduate.