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The College of Education is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for admission to its new graduate degree program in Library Information and Technology Leadership. This new program prepares licensed teachers to become effective information technology leaders in diverse school environments. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to add both the library information and technology specialist endorsements to their Illinois teaching licenses.

The new Library Information and Technology Leadership Program was developed in collaboration with partnership schools and districts and in response to a real need in Illinois schools for teacher leaders who can work in an integrated way to develop and guide information and technology initiatives focused on student learning. The fields of library information and technology are becoming increasingly integrated, and school leadership in these areas is often the responsibility of a single person. Consequently, the program provides focused, integrated and practical assignments in both fields; engaging and intensive discussions and small group projects; and multiple opportunities to complete field experiences and projects that dovetail with individual goals and school improvement plans.

Like other Roosevelt graduate degree programs for licensed teachers, the new Library Information and Technology Leadership Program (LITL) is built around the needs of practicing classroom teachers. The program features an online tuition rate that is extremely affordable. In addition, the delivery of coursework is flexible and convenient. Students start the program with face-to-face classes delivered over three weeks in July at the Chicago Campus.  In the fall and spring semesters, classes are delivered online. Students complete the program by taking three more face-to-face classes in the following summer.

In Summer 2018, the face-to-face classes will begin on July 9 and end on July 27.  Learn more and apply for admission.

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 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.

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 like the MA in Library Information and Technology Leadership. 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 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.

For more information about the LITL Program and other graduate programs for licensed teachers, please contact Laura Lag, Assistant Dean of Graduate Admission, at llag@roosevelt.edu or 312-853-4753.

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