Master of Arts in Teaching with Certification/Licensure and Master's-Level Elementary Education Certification/Licensure

AU is no longer accepting applications to this program.

Perhaps a recent visit to your child's school has reminded you of that desire you have to be a teacher yourself, or perhaps you have been considering a career change, or are thinking about entering the world of work for the first time.

Aurora University proudly offers a variety of Master's-Level Elementary Education programs for those who wish to become an elementary educator and who already possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. We offer opportunities for these candidates to choose how they would like to become credentialed to teach in the elementary grades: the Type 03 elementary education certificate/license only or the Master of Arts with Type 03 elementary education certification/licensure.

Master's-Level Elementary Education programs also are ideal for students who possess a Type 29 certificate. The candidates also can choose between certification only or the Master of Arts program.

Our courses are designed to accommodate the varying schedules of adult learners who attend graduate school. Courses are offered in eight-week modules, offering an opportunity to earn teaching credentials at a pace that best suits candidates' personal and professional scheduling needs. Courses are offered in the evenings, usually beginning between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. on the Aurora campus. The program also offers the flexibility to enjoy "summer-free" semesters for those wishing to have time off from their studies.

Program Options

Elementary Education Teaching Certification-Only

Teacher candidates pursuing this option meet the qualifications for the Type 03 (K-9) Illinois Teaching Certificate/License through 32 credit hours of courses. The Certification-Only option is ideal for those who wish to gain certification without earning the Master of Arts credential or having the Master of Arts credential in hand when seeking employment.

Master of Arts in Teaching with Certification

Teacher candidates pursuing this option meet the qualifications for the Type 03 (K-9) Illinois Teaching Certificate/License as well as a Master of Arts in Education degree. The Master's program is ideal for those who wish to seek employment with intent to complete the Master of Arts in Education degree either prior to or after employment is gained. The program includes 32 credit hours of core courses as well as a cognate (specialty) requiring a minimum of eight additional credit hours. Cognate choices include:

  • Bilingual/ESL
  • Middle School
  • Special Education

For information contact: Meagan Near, 630-844-6175, mnear@aurora.edu