Academic Programs

MA Elementary Education

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.

Admissions Requirements

  • A completed application form and fee.
  • An official transcript demonstrating successful completion of the bachelor’s degree conferred by a regionally accredited institution of higher education and official transcripts from all schools previously attended.
  • A cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s professional work.
  • A statement in essay format indicating both personal and professional goals.

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.

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of 38 semester credit hours specified by the M.A.Ed. curriculum.
  • A minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0.
  • Completion of all coursework within six years of the date of initial enrollment.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees.

Course Schedule

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.

Completion Rate

Students can complete the program in approximately 22 months.