MEd in Special Education
Completion of the MEd in Special Education program requires 52 semester hours. As a field-based program, the curriculum is only offered full-time, during day-time hours to ensure quality experiences with our K–12 school and community partners. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will be eligible for an Illinois Professional Educator License with a Learning Behavioral Specialist I (LBSI) PreK - 21 endorsement, an elementary education endorsement and English-as-Second Language (ESL) endorsement.
Required Courses (52 semester hours)
- TLSC 400A: Professional Learning Communities
- TLSC 400B: Professional Learning Communities
- TLSC 401: Bringing Language, Learning and Developmental Theory into Practice**
- TLSC 402: Community Immersion
- TLSC 403: Teaching, Learning and Leading for Social Justice
- TLSC 404: Constructive Learning Environments for Diverse Students**
- TLSC 405: Analyzing Culturally Responsive Classroom Instruction
- TLSC 406: Educational Policy for Diverse Students**
- TLSC 407: Individualized Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Students**
- TLSC 420: Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Grade Classrooms
- TLSC 421: Teaching Science in Elementary Grade Classrooms
- TLSC 422: Teaching Social Studies in Elementary Grade Classrooms
- TLSC 423: Foundations of Literacy Instruction
- TLSC 430: Typical and A-Typical Development
- TLSC 431: Significant Disabilities and Life Planning
- TLSC 432: Assistive and Adaptive Technology
- TLSC 433: Transition Planning
- TLSC 440: Language and Literacy for Diverse Students**
- TLSC 441: Using Classroom Data in a Collaborative Environment to Advance Student Achievement
- TLSC 442: Discipline-Specific Literacy for Diverse Students**
- TLSC 450: Teaching and Learning in an Area of Specialization
- TLSC 451: Teaching and Learning with a Global Framework
- TLSC 460: Developing Rigorous and Relevant Instruction and Assessment
- TLSC 461: Developing and Implementing Rigorous and Relevant Instruction and Assessment
- TLSC 470: Teaching, Learning and Leading with Schools and Communities Internship: Student Teaching
Length of Program:The program is designed as field-based and is only offered full-time, during daytime hours to maximize field experiences in K-12 settings. Candidates can complete the program in two years, or six semesters (Summer, Fall, Spring, Fall, Summer, and Spring). Candidates begin the program in the summer. Candidates have five years from acceptance to complete the program.
Program and State Requirements: All candidates must pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) to advance past their first semester of enrollment. Candidates in all programs leading to Illinois license are also required to pass an Illinois State Criminal Background Check. Policies and procedures for receiving Illinois licensure must be met.
Continuous Enrollments: Master's candidates in Special Education are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each candidate must enroll in at least one course. A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education’s Associate Dean of Student Academic Services.
Comprehensive Assessment: Teacher candidates complete during student teaching a Professional Practice Profile and Impact on Student Learning Project that demonstrates expertise in content areas and pedagogy as well as reflection on classroom and clinical experience.
- Overall GPA of 3.0 for graduation
- Complete one-year internship
- Illinois competency test in LBSI
- All degree requirements
- Completion of comprehensive assessments
- Illinois assessment of professional teaching
Degree Conferral: While the commencement ceremony is every May, degrees can be conferred May, August, and December. Students must apply for graduation/degree conferral. Students should apply for graduation in the semester they anticipate completing all degree requirements. Failure to meet application deadlines may result in a delay of the conferral of the degree to the following semester. Applications for Degree Conferral are due:
- August 1 for December conferral
- December 1 for May conferral
- February 1 for August conferral*
*Students having their degrees conferred in August are eligible to participate in the proceeding May Commencement.
Please note the degree conferral application is valid for only one semester. If the degree is not conferred for the semester requested, a new application is required for a subsequent semester.