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Teaching and Learning

The graduate program in Teaching and Learning is designed for practicing teachers who aspire to further their professional development and develop into teacher leaders. Aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), this 30-semester hour master's program renews and strengthens teachers' professional dispositions, improves knowledge and skills, and prepares teachers to be instructional leaders committed to the pursuit of social justice.

The Teaching and Learning program is ideal for practicing teachers who require flexible course times and choice of subject matter. The program may be completed fully online or in a blended format. Six core courses are offered fully online for maximum flexibility and to provide urban, suburban, and rural perspectives. Four elective courses allow students to add endorsements and/or approvals to their teaching certificate, or to obtain additional content knowledge in disciplines throughout the university.


Applicants for admission into this program must possess an undergraduate degree and an undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. They also must hold a valid teaching certificate. Students with a 3.0 admission GPA or better are eligible for a Dean’s Scholarship over the duration of their program of study.


To earn the MA in Teaching and Learning, students must complete 30 semester hours of course work with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. No grades below C may apply toward the degree, and no more than two courses with grades of C are allowed. The program faculty routinely assess students for evidence of professional dispositions.

TLED 433 Evaluating Student Learning .....3
TLED 435 Leadership and Professional Responsibilities .....3
TLED 436 Rethinking Curriculum and Instruction .....3
TLED 438 Advanced Frameworks for Teaching Diverse Learners .....3

Recommended Areas of Concentration

Six (6) elective classes may be taken to complete your MATL degree, receive an endorsement, or work on a concentration. Click on concentration area to learn the specific completion requirements. Visit the Teaching and Learning Program website to learn more about the program and the different areas of concentration.

For additional information about the program, contact:

Dr. Thomas Philion
Ph: 312-853-4783