Where can this degree take me?
The MEd in Diverse Learning helps the classroom teacher position him/herself for professional advancement as an instructional expert who is ready to teach all learners well. The program includes coursework in differentiation, gifted, 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, employability, and professional advancement. 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.
Students who do not wish to enroll in the full Master’s Degree can elect to pursue a Learning and Behavior Specialist (LBS1) endorsement and/or an endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL) in Illinois. The courses for the LBS1 can be completed in just one semester and the ESL courses will take only one academic year to complete.
Programs are aligned with Illinois licensure requirements. Residents of other states should check their state’s licensure requirements.