The Master of Education in Diverse Learning with special education and English as a second language (ESL) endorsements was designed with the classroom teacher in mind. The endorsements embedded in this degree program and the degree itself include key elements that support a teacher’s skill and employability. This program, unlike many other graduate degrees, is purposely designed to be practical. Every assignment asks teachers to take what they are learning, apply it in the classroom, and report the results. The hybrid approach allows teachers the benefit of forming close relationships with others in the program during the face-to-face sessions but also frees students to study online part of the time.
What courses will I take?
Because of the practical nature of the courses, anyone enrolled in this program or any part of it must have access to a classroom. The program is focused on grab-and-use philosophy and hybrid delivery (online and face-to-face). Optimally students will be teachers in their own classrooms, but having classroom access will suffice.
|Course ID||Course Title||Credit Hours|
|Common Core Courses (6 hrs):|
|ED 5001||Foundations of Integrative Thought in Education||3 hrs|
|ED 5002||Foundations of Cultural Engagement in Education||3 hrs|
|Required Courses (33 hrs):|
|ED 5550||Differentiating Instruction for All Learners||3 hrs|
|ED 5580||Cultural Diversity in the American Classroom*||3 hrs|
|ED 5800||Characteristics and Identification of Learners with Disabilities†||3 hrs|
|ED 5830||Psychoeducational Assessment of Learners with Disabilities†||3 hrs|
|ED 5850||Methods of Teaching Learners with Disabilities†||3 hrs|
|ED 6300||Differentiating Instruction for Learners who are Gifted||3 hrs|
|ED 6400||Foundations of Teaching English as a Second Language*||3 hrs|
|ED 6420||Linguistics for the Classroom Teacher*||3 hrs|
|ED 6450||Assessment of Learners who are Bilingual*||3 hrs|
|ED 6470||Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language*||3 hrs|
|ED 7410||Practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language*||3 hrs|
† Successful completion of these courses, in addition to a Special Education course that most teachers take in their undergraduate or graduate programs, will enable the licensed teacher to apply to the Illinois State Board of Education for an LBS1 endorsement.
* Successful completion of these courses will enable the licensed teacher to apply to the Illinois State Board of Education for an ESL endorsement.