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MAED & MAT Graduate Education Programs

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Why a Master of Arts in Education (MAED) Degree?

The McKendree University Masters of Arts in Education (MAED) is designed for educators who want to continue to develop their professional commitment and competence in areas such as curriculum design and instruction, teacher leadership licensure, special education, principal preparation, and higher education services along with endorsements in middle school, reading, and special education. McKendree University offers competitive tuition costs and unique opportunities for students to take two classes a semester – one night a week during the academic school year. Individuals are able to reexamine their own self-development in professional growth along with gaining greater intellectual and ethical insight.


Why a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Degree?

The graduate program in teacher licensure is designed for individuals seeking an initial Illinois teaching license through a graduate degree program. This degree is open to all career seeking professionals that have completed their undergraduate studies in academic areas other than education. This degree allows student candidates who wish to enter into the teaching profession the opportunity to enhance their future career goals. The practical approach of McKendree University in its teaching development process has led to outstanding teachers not only in southern Illinois but in other parts of the United States. 




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Why McKendree University?

McKendree University is well known by educational and community leaders throughout southern Illinois for its outstanding educational programs. McKendree University has award winning instructors using a combination of educational theory and practical experience along with friendly personal service in all phases of university life. The individualized guidance of university personnel assisting its student candidates for successful degree completion along with small class sizes separates McKendree University from other universities in southern Illinois and the St. Louis region. Students that have completed the degree requirements at McKendree University have outstanding results on state content area tests in all academic areas. In addition, due to the positive reputation of McKendree University and strong relationships with community partners, there are very high job placement rates for McKendree graduates.




Graduation Cap

Graduate Education Programs

Programs for Licensed Teachers

Master of Arts in Education

Curriculum Design & Instruction - offered online!

Educational Administration & Leadership

Educational Studies Emphasis in Reading

Special Education

Specialized Instruction

Teacher Leadership Licensure


Reading Teacher

Special Education

Focus Programs

Elementary (grades 1-6)

Middle School Education (grades 5-8)

Secondary Education (grades 9-12)

Physical Education (grades K-12)

Special Education (grades PreK-21)


Curriculum Design & Instruction

Superintendent Licensure


Curriculum Design & Instruction

Programs For Those Seeking To Become A Licensed Teacher

Master of Arts in Teaching

Elementary Education Licensure

Middle School Education Licensure

Secondary Education Licensure

Special Education

K-12 Physical Education Licensure

Programs For Those Seeking Career Advancement In A College Or University Setting

Higher Education Administrative Services - offered online!

Educational Studies


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MAED & MAT Tuition

2018/2019 Academic Year (August-July)

Tuition is $495 per credit hour. The educator tuition rate is $415 per credit hour (not applicable to Higher Education Administrative Services). Online courses have an e-learning technology fee of $70 per credit hour. Students who are licensed teachers are eligible for the educator tuition rate or those holding a substitute teaching license prior to registering for classes qualify.




Financial Aid

Graduate Financial Aid
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Graduate Education Student Services

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Student Services Specialist
(618) 744-0426



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Linza Brachear, M.S.Ed.

Senior Student Services Specialist
(618) 537-6427
(833) 317-7236 (toll free)


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Student Services Specialist
(270) 351-5003, ext. 1003
(833) 317-7236 (toll free)




Meet the School of Education Administration

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Chair, School of Education
Piper Academic Center (PAC) 202
(618) 537-6485





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