Curriculum



Educational Leadership Major (33 semester hours)

Educational Leadership is designed for educators who want to assume a principal or assistant principal roles in the schools. The program culminates with students earning a Master of Science in Education degree and a P-12 Educational Endorsement. The purpose and intent of the Educational Leadership Program is to prepare educators to become ethical decision-makers and leaders who can articulate a clear vision and sense of identity and purpose within a community.

Required Courses
Instructional Leadership (3)
Methods of Educational Research (3)
Organization and Development of Curriculum (3)
Supervisory Behavior (3)
School and Community Relations (3)
School Finance (3)
School Law (3)
Educational Organization and Administration (3)
Serving Special Populations (3)
Principal Internship I (2)
Principal Internship II (2)
Principal Internship III (2)


Reading Specialist Major (35 semester hours)

The Reading Specialist Major is designed for educators who want to assume Reading Specialist roles in the schools. The program culminates with candidates earning a Master of Science degree and a State of Illinois Reading Specialist Endorsement as of July 1, 2013. The purpose and intent of the Reading Specialist Program is to prepare educators to become ethical decision-makers and leaders who can provide literacy-based services within an educational community.

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)
Reading Teacher Practicum (3)
Disciplinary Literacy (3)
Cultural Awareness (1)
Reading Specialist Practicum I (4)
Reading Specialist Practicum II (3)
Methods of Educational Research (3)


Teaching and Learning Major (32-36 semester hours)

Teaching and Learning provides the opportunity for a school district or a cohort of teachers to select a concentration of courses designed to meet specific areas of interests and academic needs. The 12 hours of core courses provide course work in advanced learning theory, instructional improvement and educational research. The remaining 18-24 hours of course work is determined by the individual, school, or district need. The program assists teachers and administrators to address the myriad of issues and needs which school communities face in a climate of evolving standards, curriculum change, school improvement and strategic planning efforts. The purpose and intent of the Teaching and Learning Program is to help teachers discover ways to improve the academic achievement of students and develop professional school leadership.

Core Courses (12 hours)
Methods of Educational Research (3)
Data Informed Decision Making (3)
Designing Effective Instruction (3)
Cultural Awareness (1)
Service Learning (1)
Field Based Performance Assessment (1)

*Upon approval of the academic advior, the above listed electives may be substituted with other selected courses. Students Reading or Special Education Concentrations may not be required to take the above listed electives.

Teaching & Learning Required Concentration (18-24 semester hours)

Students must choose one of the following concentrations:

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 & Characteristics of Individuals with Special Needs (3)
Concentration Elective (3) to be determined with assistance from Academic Advisor

English as a Second Language Concentration (ESL) (18 semester hours)
Required Courses:
Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL (4)
Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL (4)
Assessment of the Bilingual Students (3)
Cross Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited-English Proficient Students (3)
Linguistics (4)

Reading Concentration (21 – 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)

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)
Methods of Instruction for General and Special Education (2)
Specialized Curriculum and Methods in Special Education (3)
Consultation, Collaboration and Transition in Special Education (3)
Subsequent Certification Field Experience (1-5)

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)

Best Practices Concentration (18 semester hours)
Working in conjunction with you academic advisor, the College of Education can customize a concentration to meet the specific needs of an individual, particular cohort of professionals, school, or building.

  • Selected TCL courses from the following: EDLS 642, 706-711 and 713-732
  • Selected Endorsement courses from the following: EEND 606, 607, 630-634, 636, 637, 640, 642, 644, and 687
  • Selected EPLS courses
  • Selected MSED courses from the following: MSED 602, 608, 609, 613, 614, 620, 622-627 and 686
  • Selected National Board Courses from the following: REAL 630 – 634 and 688
  • Selected courses from the following: RECT 600, 621, 622 and 661
  • Selected Endorsement courses from the following: REND 641-644, 646-648 and 689
  • Selected Special Education courses from the following: SPED 640-646