Curriculum

Program Requirements

Forty to forty-four semester hours of graduate level courses are required to earn  licensure . Methods of Educational Research (four semester hours) is required for the M.Ed. degree.  Maintenance of at least a “B” average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) is necessary for advancement to candidacy and graduation.

 

Important Teacher Licensure Notes:

  • Teacher candidates progress through five assessment levels with requirements that include minimum overall and major grade point averages and successfully passing required Illinois State Board of Education tests. Candidates should see their advisors and refer to the Handbook for Teacher Candidate Advisement, located in the portal, for specific requirements.
  • All licensure requirements are subject to change as directed by State of Illinois legislation and the Illinois State Teacher Certification Board and as interpreted by the College of Education.
  • Individuals applying for a license must pass the required Illinois certification tests.  Registration  information is  available in the College of Education Office. Testing requirements in Illinois are subject to change.  A major requirement for admission to the teacher education program (Assessment Level 2) is passing the Test of Academic Proficiency.

 

Master of Education with Professional Educator Licensure (40 – 44 semester hours)

Curriculum

Core Courses (17-23 semester hours)

MEDU 610 Methods of Educational Research* (4)
MEDU 625 Instructional Technology** (3)
MEDU 665 Teaching in a Diverse Society (3)
MEDU 670 Educational Psychology (3)
MEDU 671 Beginning Field Experience (0-1)
MEDU 674 Classroom Assessment (3)
MEDU 675 Survey of the Exceptional Person (3)
MEDU 684 Classroom Management** (3)
MEDU 699 Professional Growth Seminar (1)

*This course is taken after completion of all certification requirements
**These courses are not required for the Special Education Certification

Choose from one of the following endorsement areas:

Elementary Endorsement with Professional Educator Licensure (K-9) (17 semester hours)

MEDU 680 Methods of Teaching Reading/Language Arts (3)
MEDU 681 Elementary (K-6) Intermediate Field Experience (0)
MEDU 683 Methods of Teaching Math (3)
MEDU 685 Methods of Teaching Science/Social Science (3)
MEDU 690 Elementary Advanced Field Experience (Student Teaching) (8)

Secondary Endorsement with Professional Educator Licensure (6-12) (17 semester hours)

MEDU 682 Secondary Education Internship I (0)
MEDU 687 Middle School Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction (3)
MEDU 689 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3)
MEDU 695 Secondary Education Internship II (8)

One of the following:
MEDU 691 Secondary Methods in Biology (3)
MEDU 692 Secondary Methods in English (3)
MEDU 693 Secondary Methods in History (3)
MEDU 694 Secondary Methods in Mathematics (3)

Special Education Endorsement with Professional Educator Licensure (Pre-K – 21)

(27-28 semester hours)

MEDU 640 Development and Characteristics of Individuals with Special Needs (3)
MEDU 641 Legal and Historical Foundations in Special Education (3)
MEDU 642 Assessment and Diagnosis in Special Education (3)
MEDU 643 Methods of Instruction for General and Special Education (4)
MEDU 644 Specialized Curriculum and Methods in Special Education (3)
MEDU 645 Consultation, Collaboration and Transition in Special Education (3)
MEDU 679 Special Education (K-12) Intermediate Field Experience (0-1)
MEDU 697 Special Education (K-12) Advanced Field Exp. (Student Teaching) (8)

Visual Arts Education Endorsement with Professional Educator Licensure (K-12)

(23 – 24 semester hours)

MEDU 655 Methods of Teaching Elementary (K-5) Visual Arts (3)
MEDU 656 Methods of Teaching Middle School/High School (6-12) Visual Arts (3)
MEDU 657 Visual Arts Education Internship I (0-1)
MEDU 658 Visual Arts Education Internship II (8)
MEDU 687 Middle School Philosophy, Curriculum & Instruction (3)

Additional Endorsement Areas

Teacher candidates are able to add endorsements to their ISBE teaching license upon the completion of specified courses and required ISBE exams. The following endorsements are available to add to a teaching license:

English as a Second Language (ESL)

MSED 631 Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL (4)
MSED 632 Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL (4)
MSED 633 Assessment of the Bilingual Student (3)
MSED 634 Cross Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited-English Proficient Student (3)
MSED 636 Linguistics (4)

Bilingual Endorsement

MSED 631 Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL (4)
MSED 637 Methods and Materials for Teaching Bilingual Students (4)
MSED 633 Assessment of the Bilingual Student (3)
MSED 634 Cross Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited-English Proficient Students (3)
MSED 636 Linguistics (4)

Applicant must pass a target language proficiency test

Middle School

MEDU 630 Psychology & Development of the Middle School Child (3)
MEDU 687 Middle School Philosophy, Curriculum & Instruction (3)

*A middle school endorsement may be earned in the following content areas: Language Arts, Math, General Science, Biological Science, Physical Science Social Science, Art and Music. An additional 18 hours are required within the endorsement content area.  Contact your advisor for further information and specific requirements.

The above requirements for Middle School Endorsements are valid until December 31, 2017.  Beginning January 2018, the candidate must complete an approved program in a middle school teaching area (i.e. math).

 Special Education

MEDU 640 Development & Characteristics of Individuals with Special Needs (3)
MEDU 642 Assessment & Diagnosis in Special Education (3)
MEDU 644 Specialized Curriculum & Methods in Special Education (3)
MEDU 675 Survey of the Exceptional Person (3)

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