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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Since 1952, Rockford University’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree has established a proud tradition as a teacher of teachers. Our graduates distinguish themselves as educational leaders throughout the nation.

Who is it for?

Career changes or professionals with bachelor’s degrees in fields other than education who want to become teachers and are pursuing a Professional Educator License (PEL) with a master’s degree.

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**

How does it work?

MAT-bound students learn practical teaching skills and subject-specific information through professional specialization and foundations courses. Classroom clinical hours and student teaching provide hands-on learning opportunities.

Earn an initial PEL with an endorsement in:

  • Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 2)
  • Elementary (Grades 1-6)
  • K-12 (French, PE, Spanish, & Visual Arts)
  • Middles Grades (Grades 5-8; Literacy, Math, Science, & Social Sciences)
  • Secondary (Grades 9-12; Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Math, & Theatre Arts)
  • Special Education (Preschool-age 21)

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Rockford University’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) with endorsements increases your marketability and boosts your resume. Enhance your teaching career, and add new skills.

Who is it for?

Experienced teachers who hold a Professional Educator License (PEL) and want to add a subsequent endorsement in Bilingual, ESL, LSB1, or Reading Teacher to their PEL.

Experienced teachers who are also interested in increasing their pay by earning a master’s degree.

MEd: Admission Requirements

For admission to the M.Ed. program, students must submit the following to be evaluated:

Submission of the above does not guarantee admission

How does it work?

Educators with a PEL can select an area of specialization to earn a subsequent endorsement:

  • Bilingual
  • ESL
  • LBS1
  • Reading Teacher*

This master’s program combines coursework for the endorsement and classes in educational foundations and research. Complete the endorsement in year one, and finish the M.Ed. in year two.

*Want to explore deeper into reading curriculum and instruction beyond an endorsement? Ask about RU’s MAT Reading Specialist program.

Department Information

Adult and Graduate Admission

Nelson Hall - first floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

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.