Master of Education with Teacher Licensure (M.Ed.)

The Master of Education with Licensure(M.Ed.) degree is designed to provide students the opportunity to earn a master’s degree and an initial certification in elementary (K-9), secondary (6-12), visual arts (K-12) or special education (K-12) teaching. Theory and practice are integrated through professional coursework in education with a strong liberal arts foundation and a specific major while field experiences are completed in a variety of school settings. These experiences provide opportunities for aspiring teachers to observe experienced teachers, practice newly emerging teaching skills and apply the knowledge gained from university coursework to the elementary, middle, and secondary schools. The licensure program culminates in an advanced field experience (student teaching) during which the students synthesize the knowledge skills and dispositions required in the teaching profession. Upon successful completion of a teacher licensure program, the teacher candidate will be prepared in Illinois Professional Teaching Standards.


Program Goals

At the conclusion of the Master of Education with Teacher Licensure program students will have the experience and skills necessary to:


Understand Students

  • Teaching Diverse Students – The competent teacher understands the diverse characteristics and abilities of each student and how individuals develop and learn within the context of their social, economic, cultural, linguistic, and academic experiences. The teacher uses these experiences to create instructional opportunities that maximize student learning.
  • Content Area and Pedagogical Knowledge – The competent teacher has in-depth understanding of content area knowledge that includes central concepts, methods of inquiry, structures of the disciplines, and content area literacy. The teacher creates meaningful learning experiences for each student based upon interactions among content area and pedagogical knowledge, and evidence-based practice.
  • Planning for Differentiated Instruction – The competent teacher plans and designs instruction based on content area knowledge, diverse student characteristics, student performance data, curriculum goals, and the community context. The teacher plans for ongoing student growth and achievement.
  • Learning Environment – The competent teacher structures a safe and healthy learning environment that facilitates cultural and linguistic responsiveness, emotional well-being, self-efficacy, positive social interaction, mutual respect, active engagement, academic risk-taking, self-motivation, and personal goal-setting.
  • Instructional Delivery – The competent teacher differentiates instruction by using a variety of strategies that support critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, and continuous growth and learning. This teacher understands that the classroom is a dynamic environment requiring ongoing modification of instruction to enhance learning for each student.
  • Reading, Writing, and Oral Communication – The competent teacher has foundational knowledge of reading, writing, and oral communication within the content area and recognizes and addresses student reading, writing, and oral communication needs to facilitate the acquisition of content knowledge.
  • Assessment – The competent teacher understands and uses appropriate formative and summative assessments for determining student needs, monitoring student progress, measuring student growth, and evaluating student outcomes. The teacher makes decisions driven by data about curricular and instructional effectiveness and adjusts practices to meet the needs of each student.

Serve the Community

  • Collaborative Relationships – The competent teacher builds and maintains collaborative relationships to foster cognitive, linguistic, physical, and social and emotional development. This teacher works as a team member with professional colleagues, students, parents or guardians, and community members.


Find their Professional Selves

  • Professionalism, Leadership, and Advocacy – The competent teacher is an ethical and reflective practitioner who exhibits professionalism; provides leadership in the learning community; and advocates for students, parents or guardians, and the profession.


Master of Education programs provide students the opportunity to earn Professional Educator Licensure in elementary (K-9), secondary (6-12), visual arts (K-12) or special education teaching (K-12).  Secondary licensure is offered in the subject areas of science: biology, English language arts, social science: history, and mathematics.  The program meets the education licensure needs of individuals seeking a career in teaching.  The Master of Education with Professional Educator Licensure is for individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree in another field and are seeking a teaching license.

The graduate curriculum includes all state required professional education course work and school based field experiences.  The student is responsible for completing deficiencies in any program related general education and subject area course work.  Such course work may be completed at the undergraduate level.  A College of Education advisor will provide students with assistance in selecting the courses needed to fulfill certification requirements that are not part of the graduate component.

Undergraduate licensure courses may be utilized, in part, to meet state Professional Educator Licensure requirements.  However, additional graduate courses must be taken to complete the necessary hours of graduate coursework required for the degree.

In general, classes meet during the day in the fall and spring semesters with select courses being delivered online.  Field experiences that accompany courses must be completed in a school setting during the regular school day.  The Intermediate Field Experience and the Advance Field Experience (student teaching) semesters must be completed during the day.  Student teachers attend a professional growth seminar on campus during the Advanced Field experience semester.  Special education candidates take an additional course on campus in the evening during the student teaching semester. Students who work full-time must design a plan in which they will complete the required field experience hours as well as the program requirements.