Mission Statement

The MA in Teaching (MA/T) seeks to develop highly qualified Christian teachers who view teaching as a mission; they nurture students, reflect critically on practice, and facilitate classroom experience to maximize the potential of all learners.

Program Objectives

Candidates graduating from the MA/T program will be able to:

  • Evidence Christian values in their personal and professional practice while respecting the exercise of individual moral decision
  • Work toward becoming integrated individuals, applying their faith to their continued quest for knowledge and truth
  • Address the differing needs of a diverse student population with respect and fairness
  • Engage in caring relationships through effective educational collaboration among the classroom, school, family, and community
  • Critically reflect upon their teaching to refine their practice in order to maximize student learning
  • Display thorough content knowledge and understanding of human development necessary to teach in their respective fields
  • Plan, deliver, and assess effective instructional experiences that align with learning standards, educational theory, and knowledge of student development
  • Demonstrate proficiency in educational research through successful completion of a master’s-level capstone project or master’s thesis.

Program Prerequisites

In addition to the general requirements for admission to Trinity Graduate School programs, prospective MA/T candidates should be aware of the following:

  • An education advisor will analyze the transcripts of all prospective candidates. It may be necessary to meet with an advisor to develop a personal plan for completion of state standards-aligned licensure requirements. Advisors are available in Trinity’s Division of Education (847.317.8070).
  • All prospective candidates are urged to take the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) prior to the start of the cohort program.
  • Secondary candidates are urged to take the appropriate Illinois Content Area test prior to the start of the cohort program (Science: Biology, English with Language Arts, Social Science: History, or Mathematics).
  • Candidates whose undergraduate coursework does not fully meet Illinois state standards or program requirements will be required to take additional courses to augment their content knowledge. These will be determined in consultation with the education advisor at the time of application.

Candidacy

In addition to candidacy requirements outlined under “Academic Policies,” MA/T students must be officially admitted into the Division of Education (Gate 1). Following successful completion of 12 hours with a GPA of 3.0 or above, students will be admitted into the Division of Education and accepted for candidacy based on a successful Division of Education Professional Skills Assessment and completion of all state and institutional requirements as outlined in the Division of Education Handbook. Eligibility for licensure requires:

  1. completion of all state and institutional requirements as outlined in the Division of Education Handbook,
  2. grades of “C” or better in all licensure-related coursework, and
  3. a minimum GPA of 2.75. A minimum GPA of 3.0 with grades of “C” or better in all MA/T coursework is required for completion of the master’s degree.

Licensure Only

College graduates with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution who want to be licensed to teach elementary or secondary school in Illinois may enroll in the education courses in the MA/T program that lead to licensure without finishing the full master’s degree. Licensure only candidates will complete all of the listed MA/T coursework with the exception of ED 5001, ED 5002, and ED 7478 or ED 7485. Participants may remain in their current employment until the final professional semester when they do their clinical practice. Participants will be required to complete field experience requirements during the school day prior to clinical practice, which may result in missed days from work (depending on the individual’s job). Additional credits may be required to meet the specific general education requirements. The Division of Education will review college transcripts to determine if any additional course requirements must be met for licensure. Candidates must pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency, the appropriate content-area test, the appropriate edTPA, and the appropriate Assessment of Professional Teaching test in order to be eligible for licensure. Candidates are required to comply with all state licensure requirements that are in place at the time of application for licensure. No coursework for which a candidate earns a grade below C (2.0 on 4.0 scale) will be accepted for meeting program requirements in an entitlement or endorsement area.

Additional Licensure Requirements

Candidates must pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), the appropriate content-area test, the appropriate Assessment of Professional Teaching test, and the edTPA in order to complete their program. Candidates are required to comply with all state licensure requirements that are in place at the time of application for licensure.

Program of Study

Common Core Courses6
ED 5001Foundations for Integrative Thought in Education3
ED 5002Foundations for Cultural Engagement in Education3
Educational Foundations Courses15
ED 5200History and Philosophy of Education3
ED 5201Professional Skills in Teaching1
ED 5350Advanced Educational Psychology3
ED 5400Foundations of Special Education3
ED 5551Teaching in Culturally Diverse Settings I1
ED 6400Foundations of Teaching English as a Second Language3
ED 6911Research Methods and Design I1
Methods Courses16
ED 5552Teaching in Culturally Diverse Settings II1
ED 5553Diversity Field Experience1
ED 6690General Teaching Methods3
ED 6702Literacy Methods for Emerging Readers3
ED 6703Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School2
ED 6705Literacy Methods for Upper Elementary Grades2
ED 6706Integrating Science, Social Studies, and the Arts in Instruction2
ED 6912Research Methods and Design II1
ED 7001Field Experience Practicum1
Professional Semester9
ED 7450Clinical Practice for Elementary Licensure6
ED 7449Classroom Management1
ED 7460Advanced Seminar in Education2
Capstone Research Project/Thesis1
ED 7478MA/T Capstone Project1
or ED 7485 MA/T Thesis
Total Hours47

Program of Study

Common Core Courses6
ED 5001Foundations for Integrative Thought in Education3
ED 5002Foundations for Cultural Engagement in Education3
Educational Foundations Courses15
ED 5200History and Philosophy of Education3
ED 5201Professional Skills in Teaching1
ED 5350Advanced Educational Psychology3
ED 5390Psychology of Adolescence3
ED 5400Foundations of Special Education3
ED 5551Teaching in Culturally Diverse Settings I1
ED 6911Research Methods and Design I1
Methods Courses13
ED 5553Diversity Field Experience1
ED 5552Teaching in Culturally Diverse Settings II1
ED 6260Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum2
ED 6690General Teaching Methods3
ED 6750Middle School Methods2
Select one of the following:2
Teaching Biology in the Secondary & Middle School
Teaching Language Arts & Literature in the Secondary & Middle School
Teaching History & Social Studies in the Secondary & Middle School
Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary & Middle School
ED 6912Research Methods and Design II1
ED 7001Field Experience Practicum1
Professional Semester9
ED 7455Clinical Practice for Secondary Licensure6
ED 7449Classroom Management1
ED 7460Advanced Seminar in Education2
Capstone Research Project/Thesis1
ED 7478MA/T Capstone Project1
or ED 7485 MA/T Thesis
Total Hours44

Required Capstone Experience

The capstone experience in the Master of Arts in Teaching can involve a research project or writing a formal master’s-level thesis. Students choosing a formal master’s-level thesis must obtain approval and instructions from the Education Program Director. The capstone is completed following clinical practice.

However the student chooses to meet the capstone experience requirement, all students must register for course credit under one of the following course numbers: ED 7478; ED 7485. Students should register for ED 7478 in the semester that they start the project or paper. Students should register for ED 7485 in the semester after the thesis proposal has been approved. Students making progress toward completion of a capstone but unable to finish in a single semester, can apply for a capstone extension. They must then register for ED 7486

The capstone must be completed subsequent to candidacy. This requirement is supervised by a faculty member. An Independent Study and Capstone Registration form (available on MyTIU) must be filled out as part of registering for all capstone courses. Students opting to write a formal master’s thesis should consult the Education Program Director for details.