Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


MA / T

MA in Teaching

MA in Teaching


Get Your Illinois Teaching License

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 able 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, 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.

In order to receive licensure in the state of Illinois, all students are required to take the relevant state tests, including the 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. Choosing the elementary track leads to licensure to teach 1st through 6th grades. Those choosing the secondary track may choose to pursue licensure in middle grades (5th through 8th) or high school grades (9th through 12th) or both. All course work integrates biblical principles with training in educational best practice. Students are trained to think holistically about the classroom, engaging students in culturally sensitive ways.

All students in the MA/T program will take the following courses.

  • Core Courses - 6 hrs

    ID 5001 Foundations for Integrative Thought in Education 3 hours
    ID 5002 Foundations for Cultural Engagement in Education 3 hours


  • Educational Foundations and Field Experiences - 21 hrs

    ED 5200 History and Philosophy of Education 3 hours
    ED 5201 Professional Skills for Teachers 1 hour
    ED 5350 Advanced Educational Psychology 3 hours
    ED 5400 Foundations of Special Education 3 hours
    ED 5551 Teaching in Culturally Diverse Settings I 1 hour
    ED 5552 Teaching in Culturally Diverse Settings II 1 hour
    ED 5553 Diversity Field Experience 1 hour
    ED 6690 General Teaching Methods 3 hours
    ED 6911 Research Methods and Design I 1 hour
    ED 6912 Research Methods and Design II 1 hour
    ED 7460 Advanced Seminar in Education 2 hours
    ED 7449 Classroom Management 1 hour


  • Capstone Research Project - 1 hr

    ED 7478 MA/T Capstone Project 1 hour
    Completed in conjunction with coursework in the third and fourth semesters.


  • Elementary Licensure Only - 18 hrs

    Those pursuing elementary licensure will also take the following courses.
    ED 6400 Foundations of Teaching English as a Second Language 3 hours
    ED 6702 Methods for Teaching Reading in the Primary Grades 3 hours
    ED 6703 Methods for Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School 2 hours
    ED 6705 Methods for Teaching Reading in the Intermediate Grades 2 hours
    ED 6706 Integration of Science, Social Studies, and the Arts in Instruction 2 hours
    ED 7450 Clinical Practice for Elementary Licensure 6 hours


  • Secondary Licensure Only - 16 hrs

    Those pursuing secondary licensure will also take the following courses.
    ED 5390  Adolescent Psychology 3 hours
    ED 6260  Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum 3 hours
    ED 6750 Middle School Methods 2 hours
    ED 7455 Clinical Practice for Secondary Licensure 6 hours
    Choose one of the following (for Secondary focus):
    ED 6810 Teaching Biology in Secondary and Middle School 2 hours
    ED 6820 Teaching Language Arts & Literature in Secondary/Middle School 2 hours
    ED 6830 Teaching History & Social Studies in Secondary/Middle School 2 hours
    ED 6840 Teaching Mathematics in Secondary and Middle School 2 hours


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 Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or ACT plus Writing 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 for middle grades or high school grades or both prior to the start of the cohort program (Science: Biology, English with Language Arts, Social Science: History, or Mathematics). At least one of these tests must be passed prior to Gate 1: Admission to the Division of Education.
  • 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.
  • An interview may be requested by the program director as a part of the application process.