Illinois Institute of Technology has partnered with National Louis University (NLU) on a new, joint B.S. and M.A.T. program for STEM majors. Illinois Tech undergraduates are now able to earn a Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics, biology, chemistry, or physics from Illinois Tech, as well as a Master of Art in Teaching degree from NLU and a teaching license, in just five years.
The joint B.S. and M.A.T. program is an excellent opportunity to broaden your STEM career options by graduating certified to teach secondary students (grades 9–12). Qualified educators are in growing demand, and NLU’s history is rooted in providing exceptional teacher preparation. NLU’s alumni go on to find rewarding careers as teachers, coaches, principals, superintendents, and more, with many Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching & Leadership winners among them.
Highlights of the joint B.S./M.A.T. program include:
- A rigorous STEM education: All students will complete the full curricula required for their undergraduate STEM degree from Illinois Tech.
- Learning from practitioners: All of the M.A.T. program’s instructors are former teachers, ensuring the program’s coursework is rich with insights gained from real-world experience.
- Hands-on learning: All M.A.T. students gain hours of valuable experience connecting theory to practice in high school classrooms through observing, practicing, reflecting, and then leading lessons—all with the support of an experienced mentor teacher and university faculty.
- Extended training: NLU’s required teacher training hours go above and beyond state requirements, ensuring M.A.T. program graduates enter the job market well-equipped for success, and with a competitive advantage over their peers.
- Culturally responsive education: NLU’s teacher preparation curriculum is based on a social justice and equity framework. M.A.T. candidates will learn how to differentiate instruction that reflects, embraces, and sustains the linguistic, cultural, and racial diversity of their learners.
- Individualized support: All students receive personalized guidance from an experienced NLU enrollment specialist and graduate adviser, who will collaborate closely with Illinois Tech faculty advisers and staff to ensure we’re meeting your needs.
- Benefits of the profession: Chicago Public Schools teachers average starting salaries ranging from $59,894 to $64,042. There are also several scholarships, grants, and student-loan forgiveness programs available for teachers.
NLU offers guaranteed admissions to the M.A.T. program for current undergraduates who meet a minimum 3.0 GPA, including 12 credit hours of upper-division coursework with a grade B or higher (conditional admission possible for those with GPA 2.5–2.9).
Learn more by visiting go.iit.edu/nlu-teach. Current students can also contact the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs at email@example.com or 312.567.3300. Prospective high school and transfer students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.