Curriculum

Teaching and Learning Major (32-33 semester hours)

Required Core Courses (12 hours)
Methods of Educational Research (3)
Data-Driven Decision Making (3)
Designing Effective Instruction (3)
Using Domains to Frame Instruction (1)
Core Electives (2 hours)*
MSED 608 Cultural Awareness (1)
MSED 609 Service Learning (1)
*Upon approval of the academic advisor, the above listed electives may be substituted with other selected courses. Students that chose the Reading or Special Education Concentrations may not be required to take the above listed electives.

 

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 (18-22 semester hours)

Required Courses
Development & Characteristics of Individuals with Special Needs (3)
Legal and Historical Foundations in Special Education (3)
Assessment and Diagnosis in Special Education (3)
Specialized Curriculum and Methods in Special Education (3)
Consultation, Collaboration and Transition in Special Education (3)
Early Childhood Special Education (3)
Subsequent Certification 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)

 

For More Information

 

NCATE