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Master's in Second Language Special Education (MA)

The Master of Arts in Second Language Special Education (SLSE) prepares licensed teachers to effectively instruct English Language Learners and students with special needs. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible to add both the Bilingual/ESL and LBS1 endorsements to their Illinois teaching licenses.


Location: Online
Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Type: Master's

At the heart of the Second Language Special Education program is a commitment to meeting the needs of diverse learners -- a founding principle of Roosevelt University. Flexible, online course schedules enable teachers to start this program in any semester and to complete assignments from home or at work. Most courses are taught by full-time faculty with strong experience in online teaching and teaching and research in urban and suburban schools. Current practitioners in PreK-12 schools provide an up-to-date perspective on strategies for working with students with disabilities and diverse language backgrounds. The ability to earn two high-quality endorsements within a single MA degree makes this program unique within the field of advanced teacher education.

Expectations & Requirements

Standards

Educators with this degree fill an enormous need for teachers who can respond to the unique needs of students who are learning English while facing other learning and/or behavioral challenges. Students can expect focused and practical assignments, flexible schedules for posting responses to readings, and multiple opportunities to complete field experiences. Required field experiences can be waived with evidence of current work with diverse learners.

Sample Courses

  • Foundations of Bilingual and ESL Education
  • Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL
  • Characteristics and Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities: Cognitive Disabilities
  • Characteristics and Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities: Physical Disabilities and Other Health Impairments

Testimonials

"One of the greatest needs in schools is the demand for special education teachers who possess effective strategies for working with English Language Learners. Our program enables teachers to develop expertise in both special education and bilingual/ESL education--a winning combination for diverse learners and the teachers who serve them."

Dorota Celinska
‚ÄčAssociate Professor, Special Education, Roosevelt University
Admission

  • Online Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities within the United States. Coursework completed outside the U.S. requires a Foreign Credential Evaluation to be submitted.
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Intent outlining your personal and professional goals, why you are interested in this program, and how it will help you achieve your goals
  • English Language Proficiency: All international students and individuals who completed a degree program outside the United States are required to meet this requirement. 
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