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College of Education

Firmly planted in the traditions of social justice and responsibility, Roosevelt University's College of Education prepares teachers, counselors and educational leaders to shape a better, brighter and more just tomorrow.

Teacher Preparation

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Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs prepare students to obtain Illinois teaching licenses in early childhood, elementary, middle school, secondary, and special education. Our Education and Youth Studies program is perfect for undergraduates who wish to support youth through non-profit and community work.

Teaching assistants, paraprofessionals and full-time substitutes in the Chicago Public Schools and south suburban Cook County can earn teacher licensure through our CPS AA to BA Teacher Residency Program and new South Cook Teacher Residency Program. Students seeking science and math endorsements should apply for our Noyce Scholarship Program to receive enhanced mentorship and financial support.

Counselor Education

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Our nationally accredited graduate programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling train students to help people achieve goals and meet life’s challenges. Our MA degree in College Counseling and Student Affairs shows students how to support and lead the learning of today’s college students. Intensive internships are a part of all programs and nurture the skills and knowledge needed to achieve licensure and career success.

And yes, our students have opportunities, like the one depicted above, to take study abroad trips with our fabulous faculty to international conferences.

Educational Leadership

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Our graduate degree programs in Dual Language Teacher Leadership, Instructional Leadership, Reading, and Second Language Special Education offer flexible, online and on-campus courses that are designed to advance professional competencies essential for principals, bilingual coordinators, reading specialists and teacher leaders. Our new online MA degree program in Student Affairs Leadership helps recent college graduates and higher education professionals obtain the skills and knowledge essential for leadership in college and universities.

Roosevelt also provides opportunities, through our Summer Residencies for Teachers and a partnership with Mindful Practices, to earn valuable certificates and endorsements without enrolling in a degree program.

Community Engagement

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Community engagement and strategic partnerships are a top priority of the College of Education — as demonstrated by its numerous grant, service and professional development projects that engage children and adults in the educational and social justice mission of the university.


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Our partnerships enhance the quality of our programs and enable us to give back to schools, districts, and organizations that share our social justice commitments.

Professor Jin-Ah Kim teaching a class in the College of Education

My students are going to be social justice change agents. Early childhood teachers are the first educators in children’s lives who help them navigate the future and advocate for them in cases of injustice. It’s imperative that they learn about social justice, multiculturalism and anti-bias curriculum, which is an approach that respects and embraces differences—something I care deeply about given my own experiences.

Jin-Ah Kim
Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education, Roosevelt University
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