Master of Education

39 credit hours | 1–2 years

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Because of the practical nature of the courses, anyone enrolled in this program or any part of it must have access to a classroom. The program is focused on grab-and-use philosophy. Optimally students will be teachers in their own classrooms, but having classroom access will suffice.

Programs are aligned with Illinois licensure requirements. Residents of other states should check their state’s licensure requirements.

Core Courses: 6 hours
Course Title Credits
ID 5001 Foundations for Integrative Thought in Education 3 hours
ID 5002 Foundations for Cultural Engagement in Education 3 hours
Learning and Behavior Specialist Courses: 9 hours
Course Title Credits
ED 5800 Characteristics and Identification of Learners with Disabilities 3 hours
ED 5830 Psychoeducational Assessment of Learners with Disabilities 3 hours
ED 5850 Methods of Teaching Learners with Disabilities 3 hours

Successful completion of these courses, in addition to a Special Education course that most teachers take in their undergraduate or graduate programs, will enable the licensed teacher to apply to the Illinois State Board of Education for an LBS1 endorsement.

English as a Second Language Courses: 18 hours
Course Title Credits
ED 5580 Cultural Diversity in the American Classroom 3 hours
ED 6400 Foundations of Teaching English as a Second Language 3 hours
ED 6420 Linguistics for the Classroom Teacher 3 hours
ED 6450 Assessment of Learners who are Bilingual 3 hours
ED 6470 Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language 3 hours
ED 7410 Practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language 3 hours

Successful completion of these courses will enable the licensed teacher to apply to the Illinois State Board of Education for an ESL endorsement.

Additional Required Courses: 6 hours
Course Title Credits
ED 5550 Differentiating Instruction for All Learners 3 hours
ED 6300 Differentiating Instruction for Learners who are Gifted 3 hours

 

ENDORSEMENTS

Students who do not wish to enroll in the full Master’s degree can elect to pursue a Learning and Behavior Specialist (LBS1) endorsement and/or an endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL) in Illinois. The courses for the LBS1 can be completed in just one semester and the ESL courses will take only one academic year to complete.

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