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Teaching and Learning, MA

Offered in: CHICAGO | SCHAUMBURG | ONLINE

This 30 credit hour MA program is designed to prepare certified K through 12 teachers to become school leaders who actively engage students and colleagues in academic and professional learning. Core courses are aligned with the Chicago Public School and Danielson frameworks for teaching, as well as selected Teacher Leader Model Standards and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The core content includes characteristics of diverse learners, effective assessment and advocacy strategies, and designing curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of all learners.

In addition to completing core courses, teachers develop their leadership potential through enrollment in one of the following concentrations: bilingual/ESL education, special education, early childhood special education, reading, adolescent literacy, and focused program. An endorsement can be added to a State of Illinois teaching license upon the successful completion of the bilingual/ESL education, special education, early childhood special education, and reading concentrations.

Admission

Applicants for admission must possess an undergraduate degree and an undergraduate or graduate grade point average of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. They also must hold a valid teaching certificate or license.

Requirements

To earn the MA in Teacher Leadership, students must complete 30 semester hours of course work with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. No grades below C may apply toward the degree, and no more than two courses with grades of C or C+ are allowed (C- grades are unacceptable). In addition to the 12 semester hours of online core courses, students should choose from one of the following concentrations (18 credit hours each).

  TLED 433 Evaluating Student Learning .....3
  TLED 435 Leadership and Professional Responsibilities .....3
  TLED 436 Rethinking Curriculum and Instruction .....3
  TLED 438 Advanced Frameworks for Teaching Diverse Learners .....3

Adolescent Literacy (Online)

  ENG 467 Composition Theory .....3
  READ 439 Young Adult Literature .....3
  READ 463 Teaching Language and Literacy Content Areas .....3
  TLED 480 Inquiry in the Classroom .....3
  TLED 495 Independent Study .....6

Bilingual/ESL Education Concentration (Online)

  READ 458 Linguistics for ESL Teachers .....3
  READ 468 Foundations of Bilingual and ESL Education (10-30 clinical hours) .....3
  READ 473 Assessment of Bilingual Students (10-25 clinical hours) .....3
  READ 474 Methods and Materials for Teaching Bilingual Students (10-20 clinical hours) .....3
  READ 475 Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL (10-25 clinical hours) .....3
  READ 476 Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited English Proficient Students (10-20 clinical hours) .....3

Early Childhood Special Education Concentration (Chicago and Schaumburg)

  ECHD 405 Assessment in Early Childhood Education .....3
  ECHD 409 Child, Family, and Community .....3
  ECHD 434 Language Development .....3
  ECHD 482 Early Childhood Special Education Methods .....3
  SPED ... (Elective) .....3
  TLED 480 Inquiry in the Classroom (Online, Fall) .....3

Reading (Schaumburg only)

  READ 432 Strategies and Materials in Reading, Writing, and Language .....3
  READ 434 Literature for Children and Adolescents .....3
  READ 435 Holistic Approaches to Literacy and Learning Disabilities .....3
  READ 436 Foundations of Reading and Language Instruction .....3
  READ 437 Principles and Practices in Language and Literacy Assessment .....3
  READ 463 Teaching Language and Literacy Content Areas .....3

Special Education Concentration (Chicago and Schaumburg)

  SPED 440 Assessment in Special Education .....3
  SPED 442 Characteristics and Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities: Focus on Cognition .....4
  SPED 443 Characteristics and Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities: Focus on Behavior .....4
  SPED 445 Characteristics and Methods of Teaching Students with Physical Disabilities OR .....4
  SPED 446 Characteristics and Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities: Focus on Perception and Other Specific Learning Disabilities .....4
  TLED 480 Inquiry in the Classroom (Online, Fall) .....3

Please note: Students who successfully complete the Reading concentration will be permitted to enroll in the 6 credit hour summer practicum that is the final course required to earn the reading teacher endorsement.

A Focused Program Concentration is available for already certified teachers who may enroll in 5-6 courses to earn an additional teaching endorsement or National Board Certification. Courses are determined by faculty in the program of the additional endorsement. National Board Certification courses are offered through a partnership with the Chicago Teachers Union. See the faculty advisor for more information.