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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Graduate Programs

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For more than 50 years, Rockford University has provided opportunities for graduate study. Our graduate programs offer a sound academic tradition which can be tailored to suit individual needs.

Since 1952, the Rockford University 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.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree began in 1980 after extensive study of the needs of the Rockford area business and corporate community. With these needs in mind, our MBA program has become a vital and integral part of both the community and the University.

Small classes and a professional, experienced, and dedicated faculty provide our graduate students with a quality learning experience.

Requirements and Policies

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REQUIREMENTS AND POLICIES

  • Students must maintain a 3.00 GPA in all required graduate course work attempted in the MAT program.
  • A “B” average is required in all 600 level foundations courses, with no courses accepted in which graded below a “C” have been earned. A 600 level foundations course can be repeated only once.
  • Students with baccalaureate degrees from accredited colleges or universities may register for graduate level course work for which they have met the prerequisites as non-degree seeking students-at-large.
  • If a student chooses to apply to the MAT program to seek a degree, only a maximum of 12 hours will be accepted at the time of matriculation upon the approval of the MAT committee.
  • Students are expected to enroll in at least one course every school year (fall semester through summer session). Students who are not enrolled for two years (six concurrent semesters), which includes summer semesters, will be deactivated. To be readmitted, students must reapply and follow the rules, regulations, and requirements in effect at the time of reapplication.
  • For Rockford University’s policy on adding and dropping courses, please refer to the Rockford University Academic Regulations.
  • Matriculated students must have signed Plans of Study on file before they will be allowed to register for certain courses or graduate. Plans must be developed in consultation with their advisors before the pre-registration period.
  • Students must complete all requirements for the degree within five years.
  • Upon approval, a maximum of six semester hours of appropriate graduate credit completed elsewhere within the past five years, with a grade of at least B, may be counted toward the degree requirements. The courses must not be part of another master’s degree program.Determination of the acceptance of transfer credit will be made at the time of matriculation.  Application for transfer credit subsequent to matriculation must be approved before students register for courses at other institutions.
  • Students seeking state licensure as part of the MAT program must take and pass one of the following: Basic Skills Test, Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), ACT w/Writing, SAT test, prior to taking specific classes.
  • Some graduate courses are dual-listed with undergraduate courses. Course requirements will differ for graduate students enrolled in these courses.
  • All Instructional Strategies MAT students are required to submit a professional portfolio which shows concrete, observable evidence of mastery of teaching skills. Complete details on this portfolio will be provided upon admittance.
  • Typically, the MAT degree is a 36 credit hour program. However, a 32 credit hour plus thesis/project option is available. Full details on this option will be made available upon request.
  • Students must complete and submit to the Office of Student Administrative Services two graduation forms, along with the graduation fee in order to have their degree posted on their transcript.  Forms can be found on this website.

It is your responsibility to be familiar with all of the policies and procedures of your program.  A complete list of policies and procedures listed in the Academic Catalog.

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

Chat with an Admission Counselor

Registration Form and Classes

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REGISTRATION FORM AND CLASSES

Online Course Schedule

Rockford University offers a real-time search-able schedule and catalog descriptions. You may also do a more specific search using a “Keyword” or by specifying the exact “Course” number. Begin a search >>

Downloadable Course Schedule ‌

In addition, a class schedule is also available for download. The schedules are updated periodically, but may not reflect the most current information.

Schedules Available:

Please note that the schedule is subject to change so be sure to check for updates as they become available.

Registration Form

Please complete and submit the form for MAT course registration and click the submit button to send.  There is a non-refundable $50.00 registration fee each semester. (This does not apply to PLS registrations). 

You must notify the Office of Student Administrative Services (SAS) by the drop date to drop a course without financial penalty.

Registration Form >>

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

Chat with an Admission Counselor

Apply to the Program

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APPLY TO THE PROGRAM

Apply Now

To apply to Rockford University’s MAT or MEd program, please fill out and submit the online application.

International Student Application

If you are an international student, please use our International Student Application.

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

Chat with an Admission Counselor

Fees and Financial Aid

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FEES AND FINANCIAL AID

MAT and MEd Fee Schedule

Graduate application fee (MEd) $50
Graduate application fee (MAT) $75
Tuition 2018-2019 $720 per credit hour
Tuition 2017-2018 $710 per credit hour
Non-refundable registration fee per semester $50
Graduation fee $115
Transfer credit fee $20 per course
Transcript (official) $5

Financial Aid

There is a limited amount of financial aid that Rockford University offers to its admitted graduate students. Learn more >>

Grants

The Part-Time Student Voucher Grant provides a $150 per credit hour discount, up to $900 per semester, to part-time degree-seeking or certification-seeking students in good academic standing, subject to these restrictions:

  • Application forms are required each semester and due within 10 days after the semester begins.
  • Students who receive tuition reimbursement from outside sources are not eligible.
  • Students may not use this grant in conjunction with other scholarships or aid plans (grants and loans).
  • Students must be enrolled in 6 hours or less to qualify and in good academic standing.

Application forms are available at Student Administrative Services (SAS).

Additional fees not listed here may also apply and are subject to change without notice.

Employee Reimbursement /Tuition Deferment Program

Rockford University will defer your tuition payment until after you have completed the semester to allow time for your employer to reimburse you. The program is limited to reimbursable tuition costs only; registration fees and textbook costs are not eligible for deferment, even though you may receive reimbursement for these costs. Please ask for a Tuition Deferment Form at the Office of Student Administrative Services (SAS).

Learn more about our Employer Reimbursement/Tuition Deferment Program >>

 

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

Chat with an Admission Counselor

Faculty and Staff

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FACULTY AND STAFF

 

 


 

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

Chat with an Admission Counselor

Off-Campus Programs

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OFF-CAMPUS PROGRAMS

‌‌‌‌Since 1998, Rockford University has offered the instructional strategies track of the MAT. This track is offered at various off-campus sites throughout the state.  The core of the instructional strategies track is a series of courses offered in partnership with PLS 3rd Learning, a course-designer firm with a national reputation for quality. PLS 3rd Learning courses are practical, based on evidence from best practices and research, and are filled with ideas that you can use in your classroom immediately. Foundations of education courses and electives, which are common to all MAT tracks, offer the theoretical foundations that guide your professional practice.

In our most recent quality review, the North Central Association commented that “The Instructional Strategies MAT program fulfills an identified user need perceived by participants and their school officials as being without equal,” and that “University personnel are highly praised for their attentiveness to student needs as evidenced both in written evaluations and team interviews.”

 You will find that even though you may live many miles from Rockford, you can obtain an answer to any question you have from our friendly, competent Graduate Admission Department staff. All of us in the Graduate Admission Department consider our off-campus program participants to be valuable members of the Rockford University community. You also will find that the Rockford University master’s degree program is surprisingly affordable, with a full range of payment options.

We are pleased that you are considering the Rockford University master’s degree program from the many options that are available to you. Of the programs currently offered, Rockford University is among the most beneficial to teachers. We invite you to take the first step toward earning your MAT at Rockford University. More about PLS 3rd Learning

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Student at Large (Non-degree seeking) Requirements

Master of Arts in Teaching (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**

Off-Campus Schedule

EDUC 605-03, Philosophical Foundations of Education 
Harrisburg Middle School, Harrisburg, IL
Sundays, noon – 8 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21
Saturday, 8:30 – 5:30 p.m. Nov. 3 

EDUC 620-02, Psychological Foundations of Education
Dupo 
Saturdays, 8:30 – 5:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Oct. 13, 27
Sundays, noon – 8:00 p.m. Nov. 4, 11

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

Chat with an Admission Counselor

About the MAT and MEd

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ABOUT THE MAT AND MEd

Empowered Minds Learning Together

Rockford University offers several programs of study which meet the professional requirements for teachers in Illinois and most other states. 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.

Length of the Programs

  • 2-3 years depending upon which track you are in and the number of courses taken per semester
  • Students have up to five years to complete all degree requirements

Our Licensure Programs Plans of Study

Endorsement Plans of Study ‌‌

Other Tracks

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

Chat with an Admission Counselor

Graduate Education Programs

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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

Chat with an Admission Counselor

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.

MBA/MAT Course Registration

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Please complete and submit the form for MAT or MBA course registration and click the submit button to send.  There is a non-refundable $50.00 registration fee each semester. (This does not apply to PLS registrations).
  • I agree to pay tuition, room, and board (if applicable), and all other applicable fees when due as stated in the current Rockford University Catalog (Academic Catalog).  I acknowledge that I have read the most current Rockford University Academic Catalog and understand the University’s policies concerning the amount and due dates for the foregoing charges.  If any of the foregoing charges are not paid for a period of thirty (30) days after due, then, in addition to any other remedies the University may have, a finance charge of 1.5% per month will be added to the amount which is past due.  The annual percentage rate will be 18%.  Further, should the University place my account in the hands of an attorney for collection, I will pay all costs and attorneys’ fees incurred in attempting to collect the account.
  • If I drop from some or all of my courses and become eligible for a refund as a result, I understand that it is my responsibility to notify the Office of Student Administrative Services in writing to request a refund in accordance with the policy listed in the catalog.  I further understand that my failure to send written notice may result in a forfeiture of some or all of my refund.

You must notify the Office of Student Administrative Services (SAS) by the drop date to drop a course without financial penalty.

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