Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I Be Enrolled Part-Time?
- Yes, by special arrangement. Contact the MAT Program Advisor, Sheila Brady, at 312-369-8147 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- When Do Classes Meet?
- Courses are held in the evenings, until the second spring semester when candidates do their student-teaching internship during the day. Each three-credit course meets once a week throughout the semester. One-credit courses meet once a week for five weeks.
- How Is the Program Structured?
- The MAT programs are designed as two-year programs, including summer semesters, and total 41 credits. Pre-clinical experiences in schools are part of the requirements for most courses. In special instances, a three-year program can be arranged.
- What Kind of Background Does a Successful Applicant Typically Have?
- Successful candidates come from a variety of backgrounds. Experience working with young people is a plus but not a necessity. We look for candidates who seek a rigorous program that prepares them to create challenging learning environments for children from all backgrounds; who consistently reflect on and improve their practice; who seek to empower students to shape their own futures; who recognize the value of the arts in education; and who wish to become creative leaders in their classrooms, schools, and communities.
- Are There Any Program-Specific Scholarships Available?
- Candidates can investigate Illinois funding possibilities such as
the Illinois Future Teacher Corps (IFTC) and the Minority Teachers of
Illinois (MTI) (be aware that funds are limited) as well as the federal
TEACH grant. More information can be found here.
For a complete listing of College-wide scholarships, click here.
- What Facilities Are Available to Your Students?
- All students have access to the MAT Computer Lab, the Graduate Student Gallery and Lounge, program and certification advisors, student mail files, and personal attention to their specific needs as they progress through the program.
- Who Are the Core Faculty and Staff?
- For a listing, click here.
- Who Are Some Noteworthy Alumni?
- A number of MAT alumni have received National Teacher Certification; others have received awards such as the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Milliken Award and the Kohl McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Award; more than twelve are now serving as bilingual coordinators, Central Office administrators, assistant principals and principals.