Graduate Studies

Alternative Teacher Licensure
2021-2022

Admission | Courses | Program | Requirements | Profile

Director:  Eric Sheffield
Graduate Program Director: Eric Sheffield
Office: Horrabin Hall 115
Telephone: (309) 298-1183 Fax: (309) 298-2222
E-mail: soedu @wiu.edu
Program Coordinator E-mail: ec-sheffied @wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/coehs/education
Location of Program Offering: Macomb, Quad Cities

Graduate Faculty

Faculty teaching in the Masters of Arts in Teaching: Alternative Teacher Licensure program are full or associate members of the graduate faculty from departments in the College of Education and Human Services and, subject to Director approval, full or associate members of the graduate faculty from other colleges at WIU.

Learning Outcomes

For student learning outcomes, please see wiu.edu/provost/learningoutcomes.

 Program Description

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Alternative Teacher Licensure is a two year residency program wherein candidates are hired by a school district on a provisional teaching license, are paid as the instructor of record, and take courses in the School of Education over that two year period. Assuming a candidate is successful, she or he will earn a full Professional Educator License and a Master of Arts in Teaching Degree at the end of that two year residency period. Currently, WIU’s School of Education offers this program for those interested in P-21 Special Education, Secondary Math, Secondary Science, Secondary English, and Elementary Education.

 Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 with a minimum of 9 hours in the areas of reading, English/language arts, mathematics, or one of the sciences
    • If the individual does not have a major in a content area for any level of teaching, they must submit transcripts to the State Superintendent of Education to be reviewed for equivalency
  • Document a minimum of 2-3 years of post-baccalaureate work experience
  • Pass the subject-specific area test as provided by ILTS (Illinois Licensure Testing System)
  • Secure a position with a school district, employed as a classroom teacher in the area of licensure sought
  • Apply to the School of Graduate Studies
  • Submit official transcripts

 Degree Requirements

I. Core Courses: 10 s.h.

MAT Orientation Modules (0)
EDS 457G Methods and Materials of Teaching English Language Learners (3)
EDS 502 Cognition and Instruction (3)
EDS 600 Internship in Teaching (4)

II. Choose one of the following tracks:

A. Special Education Licensure Track: 25 s.h.

SPED 510 The Exceptional Learner (3)
SPED 515 Diagnostic Assessment for Individuals with Exceptionalities (4)
SPED 551 Characteristics of Learners with Disabilities (3)
SPED 552 Instructional Methods for K-6 Learners w/Disabilities (3)
SPED 553 Instructional Methods for Secondary Learners w/Disabilities (3)
MATH 503 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics (3)
RDG 580 Reading in the Content Areas (3)

EDS 585 Seminar in Social Foundations of Education (3)
or
EDS 507 Equity and the Socio-Cultural Contexts of Education (3)
or
EDS 435G Cultural Studies of Second Language Learners in the Classroom (3)

TOTAL PROGRAM SPECIAL EDUCATION TRACK: 35 s.h.

B. Math Licensure Track: 24 s.h.

EDS 401G Education Policy and Law (2)
EDS 405G Designing/Managing Learning Environments (3)
EDS 523 Educational Assessment and Evaluation (3)
EDS 535 Adolescent Psychology for Educators (3)
EDUC 439G Teaching and Assessment in Secondary School Mathematics (4)
RDG 580 Reading in the Content Areas (3)
SPED 553 Instructional Methods for Secondary Learners w/Disabilities (3)

EDS 585 Seminar in Social Foundations of Education (3)
or
EDS 507 Equity and the Socio-Cultural Contexts of Education (3)
or
EDS 435G Cultural Studies of Second Language Learners in the Classroom (3)

TOTAL PROGRAM MATH TRACK: 34 s.h.

C. Science Licensure Track: 26 s.h.

BIOL/CHEM/PHYS 482G Science in Context (3)
EDS 401G Education Policy and Law (2)
EDS 405G Designing/Managing Learning Environments (3)
EDS 523 Educational Assessment and Evaluation (3)
EDS 535 Adolescent Psychology for Educators (3)
EDUC 439G Methods of Teaching Secondary Science (3)
RDG 580 Reading in the Content Areas (3)
SPED 553 Instructional Methods for Secondary Learners w/Disabilities (3)

EDS 585 Seminar in Social Foundations of Education (3)
or
EDS 507 Equity and the Socio-Cultural Contexts of Education (3)
or
EDS 435G Cultural Studies of Second Language Learners in the Classroom (3)

TOTAL PROGRAM SCIENCE TRACK: 36 s.h.

D. Elementary Education Licensure Track: 29 s.h.

C&I 574 Assessment and Differentiation of Instruction (3)
EDS 401G Education Policy and Law (2)
EDS 587 Human Development Through the Lifespan (3)
LA 567 Teaching Language Arts K-6 (3)
MATH 500 Teaching of Elementary Mathematics (3)
RDG 570 Integrating Literacy Instruction in the Elementary Curriculum (3)
SCED 562 Science Curriculum in the Elementary School (3)
SPED 552 Instructional Methods for K-6 Learners with Disabilities (3)
SSED 572 Social Studies Curriculum (3)

EDS 585 Seminar in Social Foundations of Education (3)
or
EDS 507 Equity and the Socio-Cultural Contexts of Education (3)
or
EDS 435G Cultural Studies of Second Language Learners in the Classroom (3)

TOTAL PROGRAM ELEMENTARY EDUCATION TRACK: 39 s.h.

E. Secondary English Licensure Track: 26 s.h.

ENG 443G Creative Uses of Literature for Children and Young Adults (3)
ENG 552 Social Justice Pedagogies in English Language Arts (3)
EDS 401G Education Policy and Law (2)
EDS 405G Designing/Managing Learning Environments (3)
EDS 523 Educational Assessment and Evaluation (3)
EDS 535 Adolescent Psychology for Educators (3)
RDG 580 Reading in the Content Area (3)
SPED 553 Instructional Methods for Secondary Learners with Disabilities (3)

EDS 585 Seminar in Social Foundations of Education (3)
or
EDS 507 Equity and the Socio-Cultural Contexts of Education (3)
or
EDS 435G Cultural Studies of Second Language Learners in the Classroom (3)

TOTAL PROGRAM SECONDARY ENGLISH TRACK: 36 s.h.

 Course Descriptions  

Biology (BIOL)

482G (cross-listed with CHEM 482G and PHYS 482G) Science in Context. (3) Interdisciplinary course for science majors in which students explore science through inquiry, the unifying principles of science, and the role of social contexts and ethics in science. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Not open to students with credit in CHEM 482 or PHYS 482. Prerequisites: Senior standing in one of the following science majors – Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, or Meteorology; ENG 280; or permission of the instructor.

Curriculum & Instruction (C&I)

574 Assessment and Differentiation of Instruction. (3) This course focuses on the characteristics and needs of diverse populations in heterogeneous classrooms and techniques for differentiating instruction that enable all children to learn. The use of assessment to inform instructional decisions is emphasized.

Education (EDUC)

439G Methods of Teaching Middle and High School Science. (3) Study of secondary teaching methods (Grades 6-12) from the standpoints of theory and practice, curriculum objectives and standard implementation, materials, and evaluation and assessment. Included are demonstration, discussions, lectures, classroom participation, and field observations.  Corequisite:  EIS 303 Prerequisites: BIOL/GEOL 181 or GEOG/PHYS 182, BIOL 281, and EDS 301 (all with C- grade or better).

439G Teaching and Assessment in Secondary School Mathematics. (4) A study of teaching strategies and current trends in secondary mathematics education. Students will focus on curriculum, lesson-planning and assessment, and will learn to effectively incorporate technology into the teaching and learning of mathematics. Open to teacher education majors only. Prerequisites: 2.5 GPA or higher in Mathematics; MATH 304, MATH 341, and co-registration in EDS 304; or permission of the department chair.

435G Cultural Studies of Second Language Learners in the Classroom. (3) The study of historical and contemporary social and cultural issues affecting selected ethnic groups, with particular emphasis on the impact of culture, learning, and schooling on second language learners in US schools. Clinical experience-15 hours required.

Educational Studies (EDS)

401G Educational Law and Policy. (2) An analysis of formal legal and ethical problems that will allow students to critique contemporary debates in educational policy, law, and ethics. The course will examine the tension between competing philosophical theories and the construction and function of educational policy. Prerequisites: Special permission required.

405G Designing/Managing Learning Environments. (3) Examines the elements that foster an effective learning environment. Emphasis is placed on strategies that promote student engagement and a sense of community in educational settings. Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent prestudent teaching instructional field experience, concurrent student teaching, or permission of the instructor.

435G Cultural Studies of Second Language Learners in the Classroom. (3) The study of historical and contemporary social and cultural issues affecting selected ethnic groups, with particular emphasis on the impact of culture, learning, and schooling on second language learners in US schools. Clinical experience-15 hours required.

457G Methods and Materials of Teaching English Language Learners. (3) Analysis of language learning processes of bilingual children. The appropriate order for learning basic skills in two languages will be discussed and techniques of teaching English as a second language will be introduced and practiced. Clinical experience-15 hours required.  A grade of C or higher must be earned for teacher licensure.

502 Cognition and Instruction. (3) Designed to examine our current understanding of processes involved in human cognition and its application to educational settings. Emphasis is placed on information processing, critical thinking, self-regulation, and developmental aspects of learning.

507 Equity and the Socio-Cultural Contexts of Education. (3) Provides in-depth examination and evaluation of societal change as it relates to education. Emphasis is placed on developing an awareness and the skills that enable educators to recognize and address conditions that may deny equitable access to educational opportunities.

523 Educational Assessment and Evaluation. (3) Covers the application of assessment principles (validity, ethics, professional responsibilities, etc.). Emphasis is on the role of assessment in decision making in educational settings, including assessment for assisting learning, documenting and communicating student achievement, teacher evaluation, and program evaluation.

535 Adolescent Psychology for Educators. (3)  Studies developmental theory focusing on specific issues and concerns facing adolescents. Areas of emphasis include biological, social, and cognitive transitions throughout adolescence that have an impact on the educational process.

585 Seminar in Social Foundations of Education. (3) An examination of the social foundations of education in relation to democratic society, social change and the evolution of the educational enterprise.

587 Human Development Throughout the Lifespan. (3) Examines contemporary developmental theory in psychology with an emphasis on how development impacts students, teachers, and the educational process.

600 Internship in Teaching. (1, repeatable to 4) For alternative licensure candidates only. This is a 4 semester, school-based clinical residency in the student’s major area(s) of specialization, under the supervision of a mentor teacher or coach and a university faculty member.  Prerequisites: Acceptance into one of WIU’s alternative licensure programs; Educator License with Stipulations endorsed for Alternative Educator.

English (ENG)

443G (cross-listed with LLA 443G) Creative Uses of Literature for Children and Young Adults. (3) Presents the development of effective programs in informal and formalized interpretive experiences for children and young adults, emphasizing individual creativity and sources for materials. Prerequisite: LLA 313 or permission of the instructor.

552 Social Justice Pedagogies in English Language Arts. (3) Theory and strategies for teaching social justice pedagogies in English Language Arts classrooms, focusing on anti-racist and equity pedagogies and project-based learning that meet middle and secondary school state and national standards.

Language Arts (LA)

567 Teaching Language Arts K-8. (3) Focuses on the major theories and current research relevant to language arts instruction in the elementary and middle level grades.  Primary emphasis is placed on the appropriate skills, methods, and materials that support children’s literacy development.

Mathematics (MATH)

500 Teaching of Elementary Mathematics. (3) A study of current trends and problems in the teaching of elementary and junior high school mathematics. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

503 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics. (3) A study of current trends and problems in the teaching of school mathematics. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Reading (RDG)

570 Integrating Literacy Instruction in the Elementary Curriculum. (3) A foundational course focusing on varied research-based literacy instructional approaches using a wide range of materials (narrative and informational texts and non-print, digital, and online resources) to teach literacy, enhance content area instruction, and create a literate environment.

580 Reading in the Content Areas. (3) An individually designed course for elementary and secondary reading majors and non‑majors, this introductory course helps enrollees become familiar with concepts and teaching strategies needed to assist students to learn from textbooks and nontextbook materials.

Science Education (SCED)

562 Science Curriculum in the Elementary School. (3) An analysis of the latest curriculum innovations in elementary science education, and the application of recent discoveries in learning theory to the teaching of elementary science. Emphasis will be placed on the development of a contemporary philosophy of elementary science and its contribution to the total science program.

Social Studies Education (SSED)

572 Social Studies Curriculum. (3) This course deals with the nature of social studies and its role in the school curriculum. Emphasis is placed on current curriculum developments in social studies and the social sciences.

Special Education (SPED)

510 The Exceptional Individual. (3) Characteristics and implications for educational programming for students with a wide range of disabilities will be examined. Students who are teachers or seeking teaching licensure should take SPED 551.

515 Diagnostic Assessment for Individuals with Exceptionalities. (4) Measurement concepts, progress monitoring, norm-referenced and diagnostic assessment will align instruction for individual needs of diverse learners. Course content will be differentiated to address specific student disabilities and differentiated for multiple education careers (teacher, administrator, counselor). Prerequisite: SPED 551 or equivalent.

551 Characteristics of Learners with Disabilities. (3) The unique characteristics of a wide variety of learners with mild and moderate disabilities will be examined, along with their broad educational, behavioral, and emotional needs as related to educational programming.

552 Instructional Methods for K–6 Learners with Disabilities. (3) Effective teaching methodologies, instructional adaptations, and program delivery options for students with mild/moderate disabilities, K–6. Includes supervised clinical experience requirement.  Corequisite: SPED 580 as needed. Prerequisites: SPED 551 or an equivalent reading methods course, and a math course.

553 Instructional Methods for Secondary Learners with Disabilities. (3) Effective teaching methodologies, instructional adaptions, and program delivery options for students with mild/moderate disabilities, 6–12. Includes supervised clinical experience requirement. Corequisite: SPED 580 as needed. Prerequisites: SPED 551 or an equivalent reading methods course, and a math course.