Curriculum

Teaching and Learning Major (30-33 semester hours)

Core Courses (12 semester hours)

MSED 610 Methods of Educational Research (3 credits)
MSED 620 Data-Driven Decision Making (3 credits)
MSED 650 Designing Effective Instruction (3 credits)
MSED 608 Cultural Awareness (1 credit)
MSED 609 Service Learning (1 credit)
MSED 693 Using Domains to Frame Instruction (1 credit)

 

Teaching and Learning Concentrations

Students choose specialized coursework from a concentration to complete the degree. The College of Education can customize concentrations to meet the specific needs of an individual, particular cohort of professionals, school, or building.

 

Best Practices Concentration (18 semester hours)

Full listing of electives

 

Special Education Concentration (23-27 semester hours)

Survey of the Exceptional Person (this course is traditionally completed at the undergraduate level)
Development and Characteristics of Individuals With Special Needs (3)
Specialized Curriculum and Methods in Special Education (3)
Assessment and Diagnosis in Special Education (3)
Prerequisite: General Literacy Methods (2)
Prerequisite: General Mathematics Methods (2)
Early Childhood Special Education (3)
Legal and Historical Foundations of Special Education (3)
Consultation, Collaboration and Transition in Special Education (3)
Data-Drive Decision Making (3)
Subsequent Field Experience (1-5)

*To earn the endorsement for Special Education, candidates must successfully complete all course work and ISBE endorsement/test requirements.

 

Differentiated Instruction Concentration (18 semester hours)

Required Courses
Survey of Gifted Education (3)
Serving English Language Learners with Special Needs (3)
Differentiated Instruction (3)
Behavior Strategies for the Heterogeneous Classroom (3)
Development and Characteristics of Individuals with Special Needs (3)
One elective of choice (3)

 

Teaching in Technology Concentration (18 semester hours)

Required Courses
Foundations of Educational Technology (3)
Collaborative Web Tools in Education (3)
Multimedia Tools in Education (3)
Effective Technology Integration into Lessons and Curriculum (3)
Assessing and Improving Student Achievement with Technology (3)
21st Century Educational Leadership (3)

 

English as a Second Language Concentration (18 semester hours)

Required Courses for Illinois Endorsement
Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL (4)
Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL (4)
Assessment of the Bilingual Student (3)
Cross Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited English Proficient Students (3)
Linguistics (4)

 

Reading Concentration (24 semester hours)

Required Courses
Foundations of Literacy (3)
Assessment Procedures and Data Analysis for Student Achievement (3)
Exploration of Literacy Strategies and Materials for Student Achievement (3)
Utilizing Literature in the Classroom (3)
Literacy and Diverse Learners (3)
Writing in the 21st Century (3) ( this is an elective if needed for candidate endorsement)
Reading Teacher Practicum (3)
Disciplinary Literacy (3)

 

Adult TESOL
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (18 semester hours)

Required Courses
Theoretical Foundations of Teaching Limited English Proficient Students (4)
Cross Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited English Proficient Students (3)
Linguistics (4)
Methods and Materials for Teaching Adult ELL’s (4)
Assessment of the Adult ELL (3)

*Each course within the TESOL concentration may be substituted with the EEND equivalent course.

 

The Affective Domain of Teaching (18 semester hours)

Required courses
Dealing with Stress in Education (3)
The Heart of Teaching (3)
The Attitude of Leadership (3)
Understanding and Applying Emotional Intelligence (3)
Classroom Applications of Differentiated Instruction (3)
Humor in the Classroom (3)

 

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