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Over the past three years, Roosevelt's College of Education has become a leader in the state of Illinois in proposing and implementing innovative graduate degree programs for licensed teachers. 

In 2015, the college launched a combined principal and teacher leader endorsement program, the MA in Instructional Leadership. In 2016, the college began an MA program in Second Language Special Education. This degree program enables licensed teachers to earn both the ESL/bilingual and LBS I endorsements within the framework of a single degree. This past summer, the college implemented yet another innovative graduate degree program: the MA in Dual Language Teacher Leadership. This MA program provides teachers with a unique pathway to both the ESL/bilingual and teacher leader endorsements. In September of 2017, the United States Department of Education recently recognized the value of this one-of-a-kind degree program by awarding Roosevelt a $2.4 million grant to create new cohorts over the next five years that will study toward this degree at our Chicago and Schaumburg campuses.

Now, the college is on the verge of earning approval for yet another innovative graduate degree program: the MA in Library Information and Technology Leadership.

The proposed program shares several characteristics with its aforementioned predecessors. First, it was developed in collaboration with partnership schools and districts and in response to a real need in Illinois schools--in this instance, for leaders who can work in an integrated way to develop and guide information and technology initiatives focused on student learning. Second, it integrates two endorsements within a single degree program. Graduates of the proposed program will be eligible to add both the Library Information Specialist and Technology Specialist endorsements to their Illinois Professional Educator licenses. Third, the delivery of the proposed program is built around the needs of practicing classroom teachers. The program is scheduled to begin in Summer 2018 with three face-to-face courses at our Chicago campus; fall and spring classes will be online so that classroom teachers can engage with the curriculum in the most time efficient and flexible manner possible.

Like several of our other MA degree programs, the proposed program also will feature an online tuition rate that is extremely affordable for classroom teachers.

The new program is the brainchild of Dr. Cindy Anderson, associate professor of special education, and Dr. Barbara Anderson, Head of Instruction and Learning in the Roosevelt University Library.

Dr. Cindy Anderson is a nationally recognized expert on special education technology and is a former special education teacher and school media specialist. Dr. Anderson has written and published extensively on special education technology, as well as the broader subject of integrating technology into education.  She is the former president and currently serves as Chairperson of the International Committee of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education.  

Dr. Barbara Anderson has an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology Management from Northcentral University in San Diego, CA and teaches information literacy at Roosevelt where she also serves as an embedded librarian for online classes. She has 28 years of K-12 classroom teaching experience in Iowa and has served as a school technology coach.

The new curriculum for the program has been approved by the faculty of the College of Education, but also by Roosevelt's Graduate Council and Faculty Senate. It is currently at the last step of the approval process: review by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

The new program will begin to accept admission applications as soon as approval is received from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. To receive updates on the approval and launch of the new program, sign up here

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