The Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) program offers a Type 03 teaching certificate in elementary education.
This program is intended for students with bachelor degrees who want to become certified to teach in K-9 in Illinois. The program provides an in-depth understanding of curriculum development and implementation while affording ample opportunities for developing innovative teaching strategies and process-oriented assessment techniques.
Hours Needed for Completion
The M.A.Ed. elementary education track requires a total of 38 semester-hours, that includes 18 semester-hours of professional core courses, 13 semester-hours of elementary education courses, 120 clock-hours of practicum experiences (1 semester-hour) and 12 weeks of student teaching (6 semester-hours).
Students must also have completed 71 semester-hours of general education coursework to meet certification requirement for Benedictine University’s approved program with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). This includes an 18-hour concentration in a single academic discipline.
Student Teaching Requirement
The program includes a twelve (12) week field-based student teaching component in either a public or an Illinois Recognized nonpublic elementary or junior high/middle school.
Courses meet four (4) hours per night, two nights per week, for five (5) weeks. Students will complete 12 weeks of student teaching at the end of their program.
Students can complete the program in approximately 22 months.