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.