Olivet’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program is designed for candidates with baccalaureate degrees who desire either an Illinois Standard Elementary (K‑9) or Illinois Standard Secondary (6‑12) teaching certificate. The emphasis of the program is placed on meeting the entrance requirements to the profession of teaching. The program combines professional study with practical classroom experience. The focus is on the preparation of prospective teachers who will provide learning opportunities for children, with concern for them as human beings and for their unique learning behaviors.
The Master of Arts in Teaching degree program contains professional courses to assist candidates in qualifying for state certification. However, additional courses may be necessary for certification if the candidate desires to complete additional endorsement areas. Eligibility for certification is validated by the University registrar.