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Master's in Teaching and Learning (MA)

The Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning (TLRN) prepares licensed teachers to become more effective and democratic classroom instructors and leaders. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible to add an endorsement to their Illinois teaching license and they will have a deeper understanding of the expectations embedded in the Danielson Framework for Teaching and other teacher evaluation frameworks.


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

Students who are licensed teachers can earn an endorsement on their licenses, while also deepening their understanding of and proficiency with the REACH and Danielson Frameworks for Teaching. The core courses and most of the concentrations are offered fully online or off-campus.

Concentrations include: 

  • Bilingual/ESL
  • Special Education
  • Reading
  • Spoken Word Education
  • Middle School Education
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Focused Program
Laura Lag
, Program Director

Expectations & Requirements

Standards

This degree program meets the enormous need for teachers who have specialized endorsements and who can fully satisfy the expectations of rigorous teacher evaluation frameworks. Students can expect focused and practical assignments, flexible schedules for posting responses to readings, and multiple opportunities to complete field experiences.This degree program meets the enormous need for teachers who have specialized endorsements and who can fully satisfy the expectations of rigorous teacher evaluation frameworks. Students can expect focused and practical assignments, flexible schedules for posting responses to readings, and multiple opportunities to complete field experiences.

Sample Courses

  • Assessment of Student Learning
  • Leadership in Professional Development
  • Rethinking the Curriculum
  • Advanced Frameworks for Teaching Diverse Learners
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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