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NIU-Naperville to offer evening program for initial elementary education license

July 15, 2013

NIU-Naperville signNorthern Illinois University’s Department of Literacy Education (LTCY) is offering an evening program designed for working adults interested in obtaining a Master of Arts in Teaching degree which will lead to an initial license in elementary education.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program will be starting a new cohort during the Fall 2013 semester at the NIU-Naperville campus. The program is ideal for bilingual teachers and paraprofessionals who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field and desire to earn the elementary license to teach in Illinois Public Schools.

Interested individuals can learn more about this program and submit applications by attending an information session at the NIU-Naperville campus, 1120 E. Diehl Rd., Naperville, Ill., on Wednesday, July 31 at 5:30 p.m., or by contacting Gail Schumacher, academic advisor, at [email protected] and (815) 753-7948.

Students who begin the program in Fall 2013 will graduate by the spring 2016 semester. Students have the opportunity to earn the ESL/Bilingual Endorsements and Middle School Endorsements while enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program.

The M.A.T. degree program offers convenient evening classes, Illinois State Board of Education approved curriculum, the opportunity to learn from award-winning faculty and the experience of working alongside veteran teachers in completing student teaching requirement. Scholarships and financial aid are available for students pursuing the initial teaching license.

For more information, visit the NIU Financial Aid website at