Master of Science in Education (M.S.) – Teaching & Learning

If you are a teacher who wishes to pursue a master’s degree that will enhance professional practice in the classroom and provide both flexibility and personal choice, the M.S. in Teaching and Learning degree is the perfect program for you. All candidates take the same 12 credit hours of core course work but then may choose from different areas of concentration for their 18+ elective credits: Affective Domain of Teaching, Best Practices, Bilingual Education, Differentiated Instruction, Educational Technology, English as a Second Language (ESL), Health Education, Reading, Special Education, and Adult TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

Upon completion of the degree program, candidates will be able to do the following:

  • Develop leadership skills needed to assume prominent roles in the field of education
  • Contribute knowledge and service to the professional education community
  • Develop and apply research and communication skills to support the role of the educational leader and scholar
  • Develop the skills of reflective and critical thinking to explore the larger purposes of education to the individual and society
  • Develop awareness of varied educational needs of students and apply current research-based strategies and methodologies, including technology, that meet the needs of diverse students
  • Analyze ongoing issues, theories and trends with a focus on applications in classroom settings that can improve P-12 student learning
  • Provide a context to improve the quality of education, and ensure equal opportunities and the dignity of each student in a demographic society
  • Demonstrate professional dispositions consistent with Illinois Professional Standards and the College of Education’s Code of Professional Conduct

To find out if this program is offered in your state, click here and choose “Program Availability by State” under Academics.

To learn more, contact Maggie Stevenson at 815-740-3389 or