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 two year program, candidates will complete their clinical practice experience and be eligible for a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree and the Professional Educator License (PEL).
Dominican University offers MAT - Secondary licensure programs in the following areas:
Secondary: English/Language Arts
Secondary: 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.
The Master of Arts in Teaching program with a 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.
Completed School of Education application, including the application fee.
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. A candidate with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be allowed to take up to four courses on a conditional basis and must earn a grade of B or better in each course in order to continue registration. Upon completion of four courses with grades of B or better in each the candidate will be reviewed for full acceptance into the School of Education.
Two letters of recommendation. Letters from family members or current School of Education students are not acceptable.
Evidence of effective written communication skills and suitability for the teaching profession as demonstrated by the submission of candidate’s personal statement.
Passing scores on all sections of the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) OR acceptance of ACT/SAT scores in lieu of TAP by the Illinois State Board of Education. The School of Education may allow a candidate for whom the test score on the TAP Test is pending to register for an initial class if the candidate’s file is otherwise complete and acceptable.
One official transcript from every college or university attended. Transcripts must be received by the School of Education in a sealed envelope from the college or university.