In Dominican University’s School of Education, you’ll prepare to navigate the changing world of education as a teacher and a leader.

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Our nation’s classrooms are facing an increasing number of changes, from innovations in instructional technology and social media to an increasing number of English Language Learners, shifting state learning standards and an emphasis on standardized testing.

Here at Dominican University, we are developing new approaches to teaching and learning that will serve our country’s children and youth well as the educational landscape continues to change.

About the MAT

The School of Education offers candidates with a bachelor’s degree a route to attaining an initial Professional Educator License in the state of Illinois. Following successful completion of the program, candidates will complete their clinical practice experience and be eligible for a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and a Professional Educator License (PEL).

The program can be completed in approximately two or two and a half years including clinical practice. Courses are offered in a flexible format for working professionals, with classes held one evening per week. 

Dominican University offers MAT - Secondary licensure programs in the following areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English/Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies

In traditional teacher preparation programs leading to licensure, candidates take all of their coursework leading to licensure prior to completing their clinical practice experience. They do some early field experience as part of their preparation but are not in the classroom full time until after their coursework is completed.

Dominican's MAT program with secondary endorsement is designed for individuals with a baccalaureate degree interested in pursuing a master’s degree in education with an Illinois educator license. Candidates must fulfill state content-area requirements for their particular endorsement and designation.

Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Licensure program brochure (pdf)


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