GRADUATE EDUCATION PROGRAMS

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, Middle Grades, 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, and Reading Teacher

Our programming is unique, flexible and accelerated!

MAT: Admission Requirements

For admission to the MAT program, students must submit the following to be evaluated:

Submission of the above does not guarantee admission
**You MUST be admitted prior to taking your 12th credit hour**

**Students enrolling in 6 or more credit hours per semester must provide the required immunization records to Lang Center for Health**

MEd: Admission Requirements

For admission to the MEd program, students must submit the following to be evaluated:

Submission of the above does not guarantee admission

**Students enrolling in 6 or more credit hours per semester must provide the required immunization records to Lang Center for Health**

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Adult Accelerated and Graduate Admission
Nelson Hall - first floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4040
graduate@rockford.edu

Hours:
Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
After hour appointments available by request

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Award-winning Alumni

Since 2009, 29 alumni have been Golden Apple Award winners, 2 alumnae have been recognized as Illinois Teachers of the Year, 1 alumnus has been honored as North Carolina Teacher of the Year (2015), and 1 alumna was named Wisconsin Teacher of the Year (2014). 

In 2018, 4 out of the 5 Golden Apple winners were Rockford University alumni, and the Puri Outstanding Principal Award was also awarded to an RU graduate.

Rock Solid Alumni.