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Admissions Process

Admission Process 

The BTBT3 Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program prepares candidates who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in mathematics, science (biology, chemistry, physics, or earth/space), English, and History (with emphasis in Political Science, Civics, and Economics), and Foreign Language at an  accredited college or university to teach at the middle and high school level.  Those holding undergraduate degrees in teacher education are not eligible for this program.
Candidates complete 3 semesters (June – May) of university-based studies for a Master’s Degree while they engage in field-based experiences in public school settings.  The MAT is designed as a high-quality, technology-rich, accelerated certification program.  Students progress through the   program as members of an interdisciplinary cohort. Each new cohort begins during the summer term. Upon
graduating from the program, candidates will be broadly prepared in their content areas and may be eligible for secondary certification and middle level endorsement (grades 6-12) in their respective discipline in Illinois or in a state offering reciprocity. 
Applications for the program are processed once each year, beginning in February.
Applications for admission will be evaluated based upon the following:
  • Back to Basics Complete Application Packet
  • Applications for the Graduate School and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction;
  • An overall GPA of 2.50 or higher;
  • Two letters of recommendation from content area faculty members or professionals who have knowledge of the candidate’s undergraduate performance;
  • Passing scores from the Illinois Certification Testing System Basic Skills Test and the Illinois     Certification Testing System Content-Area test;
  • Current resume with appropriate references;
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended in pursuit of the bachelor’s degree and any additional course work beyond the bachelor’s degree;
  • Transcript evaluations by the School of Education personnel for evidence of sufficient content background to meet certification requirements for secondary teachers in Illinois. (Note: additional subject matter courses may be required as prerequisite courses to be taken prior to admission.);
  • BTBT3 Potential Candidate Letter of referral from Program Director
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