Where can this degree take me?
For more than ten years Trinity International University has been helping working adults become licensed teachers in the State of Illinois. In our Master of Arts in Teaching degree, you will gain the experience you need to be an excellent teacher and a spiritually sensitive educator. This program seeks to develop highly qualified Christian teachers who view teaching as a mission; they nurture students, reflect critically on practice, and facilitate classroom experience to maximize the potential of all learners.
If you want to make a difference in the lives of students, the MA in Teaching degree is just what you’re looking for. In only three semesters of course work and one semester of clinical practice, you will be enabled to earn your Illinois teaching license, specializing in Elementary or Secondary education. Trinity’s MA in Teaching program is specifically designed to serve the unique educational characteristics and scheduling needs of adult learners. Classes meet one evening a week to meet the needs of working adults, and small cohort groups provide mutual support throughout the program. The MA in Teaching program allows you to continue to work full time until you begin clinical practice.
All students accepted into the MA in Teaching program are required to take the Illinois State Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP). Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the TAP and direct any questions to your Admissions Counselor.
What will I study?
The MA in Teaching offers two tracks for students looking to be licensed as teachers in Illinois. Students may choose between a focus in Elementary or Secondary education depending on their career goals. All course work seeks to integrate biblical thought with training in best practices in the field of education. Students are trained to think holistically about the classroom, engaging students in culturally sensitive ways. Courses you’ll take include the following:
What are the prerequisites for admission to this program?
In addition to candidacy requirements outlined under “Academic Policies,” MA/T students must be officially admitted into the Division of Education (Gate 1). Following successful completion of 12 hours with a GPA of 3.0 or above, students will be admitted into the Division of Education and accepted for candidacy based on a successful Division of Education entrance interview and completion of all state and institutional requirements as outlined in the Academic Handbook.
In addition to the General Admissions requirements for all applicants to Trinity’s master’s programs, prospective MA/T candidates should be aware of the following:
- An education advisor will analyze the transcripts of all prospective candidates. It may be necessary to meet with an advisor to develop a personal plan for completion of state standards-aligned certification requirements. Advisors are available in Trinity’s Division of Education (847.317.8070).
- All prospective candidates are urged to take the Basic Skills test prior to the start of the cohort program. This test must be passed prior to Gate 1: Admission to the Division of Education.
- Secondary candidates (Type 09) are urged to take the appropriate Illinois Content Area test prior to the start of the cohort program (Science: Biology, English with Language Arts, Social Science: History, or Mathematics). This test must be passed prior to Gate 1: Admission to the Division of Education.
- MA/T/Elementary (Type 03) applicants will be required to take the Division of Education’s mathematics exam (score will be used for placement purposes).Those who cannot demonstrate proficiency will be required to complete additional math course work. Trinity Graduate School offers secondary certification programs in Science: Biology, English with Language Arts, Social Science: History, and Mathematics.
- MA/T/Elementary (Type 03) applicants will be required to take the Division of Education’s mathematics exam (score will be used for placement purposes). Those who cannot demonstrate proficiency will be required to complete additional math course work.
- Students whose undergraduate course work does not fully meet Illinois state standards or program requirements will be required to take additional courses to augment their content knowledge. These will be determined in consultation with the education advisor at the time of application.