Master of Education in Diverse Learning

Master of Education in Diverse Learning

Join us for our Division of Education Information Session
Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 from 6:30–8:30pm

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 IDCourse TitleCredit Hours
Pre-Requisites (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.