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M.Ed in Diverse Learning

M.Ed in Diverse Learning

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Where can this degree take me?

The MEd in Diverse Learning is primarily intended for the classroom teacher who desires to position him/herself as an expert in differentiation and/or is seeking endorsements in special education and English as a second language (ESL).

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 will I study?

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.

  • 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.