NIU offers evening program for initial elementary education license

Photo of a green chalkboard with erasers and an appleNIU’s Department of Literacy and Elementary Education is offering an evening program designed for working adults interested in obtaining a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree which will lead to an initial license in elementary education.

NIU plans to start new cohorts in the 2015 calendar year at the NIU-Naperville campus and NIU-Rockford campus. This program is ideal for bilingual teachers and paraprofessionals who already have bachelor’s degrees in other fields and desire to earn the elementary license to teach in Illinois public schools.

Those interested can learn more about this program by attending an information session at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the NIU-Naperville campus, 1120 E. Diehl Road, or at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the NIU-Rockford campus, 8500 E. State St.

This 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.

Students have the opportunity to earn the ESL /Bilingual Endorsement while enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program. Scholarships and financial aid are available for students pursuing the initial teaching license.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact academic adviser Gail Schumacher at (815) 753-7948 or gschumacher@niu.edu.

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