Teaching and Learning, MA

Offered in: Chicago | Schaumburg | Roosevelt Online

This program is designed for practicing teachers who wish to further their knowledge and understanding of learners, instruction, coaching, and school leadership. Aligned with the Danielson Framework for Teaching and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, this 30-credit-hour program renews and strengthens teachers' commitment and skills and prepares them to become mentors and instructional leaders.

The core content includes characteristics of diverse learners, effective assessment and advocacy strategies, and designing curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of all learners.

In addition to completing core courses, teachers develop their leadership potential through enrollment in one of the following concentrations: bilingual/ESL education, special education, early childhood special education, reading, spoken word education, and focused program. An endorsement can be added to a State of Illinois teaching license upon the successful completion of the bilingual/ESL education, special education, early childhood special education, and reading concentrations.

Admission

Applicants for admission must possess an undergraduate degree and an undergraduate or graduate grade point average of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. They also must hold a valid teaching certificate or license.

Requirements

To earn the MA in Teaching and Learning, students must complete 30 credit hours of course work with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. No grades below C may apply toward the degree, and no more than two courses with grades of C or C+ are allowed (C- grades are unacceptable). In addition to the 12 credit hours of online core courses, students should choose from one of the following concentrations (18 credit hours each).

Core
TLRN 433ASSESSING STUDENT LEARNING3
TLRN 435LEADERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT3
TLRN 436RETHINKING THE CURRICULUM3
TLRN 438ADVANCED FRAMEWORKS FOR TEACHING DIVERSE LEARNERS3
Concentration18
Select one of the following concentrations:
Bilingual/ESL Education
Early Childhood Special Education
Reading (Online and Schaumburg Campus)
Special Education Concentration (Chicago and Online)
Spoken Word Education (Off Campus)
Total Credit Hours30

Bilingual/ESL Education Concentration (Online)

READ 458LINGUISTICS FOR ESL TEACHERS3
READ 468FOUNDATIONS OF BILINGUAL AND ESL EDUCATION (10-30 clinical hours)3
READ 473ASSESSMENT OF BILINGUAL STUDENTS (10-25 clinical hours)3
READ 474METHODS AND MATERIALS FOR TEACHING BILINGUAL STUDENTS (10-20 clinical hours)3
READ 475METHODS AND MATERIALS FOR TEACHING ESL (10-25 clinical hours)3
READ 476CROSS-CULTURAL STUDIES FOR TEACHING LIMITED ENGLISH STUDENTS (10-20 clinical hours)3
Total Credit Hours18

Early Childhood Special Education Concentration (Chicago)

ECHD 405ASSESSMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD3
ECHD 409CHILD, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY3
ECHD 434LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT3
ECHD 482EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION METHODS3
SPED xxxElective3
TLRN 480INQUIRY IN THE CLASSROOM3
Total Credit Hours18

Reading (Online and Schaumburg Campus)

READ 432STRATEGIES AND MATERIALS FOR TEACHING READING, WRITING, AND LANGUAGE3
READ 434LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS3
READ 435HOLISTIC APPROACHES TO TEACHING LITERACY TO STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES3
READ 436FOUNDATIONS OF LANGUAGE AND LITERACY INSTRUCTION3
READ 437PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES IN LANGUAGE AND LITERACY ASSESSMENT3
READ 463TEACHING LANGUAGE AND LITERACY IN THE CONTENT AREAS3
Total Credit Hours18

Special Education Concentration (Chicago and Online)

SPED 440ASSESSMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION3
SPED 442CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS OF TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FOCUS ON COGNITION4
SPED 443CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS OF TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FOCUS ON BEHAVIOR4
SPED 445CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS OF TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FOCUS ON PHYSICAL HEALTH4
or SPED 446 CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS OF TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FOCUS ON LEARNING
SPED 480INQUIRY IN THE CLASSROOM (Online, Fall)3
Total Credit Hours18

Spoken Word Education (Off Campus) 

ILED 423INTRODUCTION TO SPOKEN WORD PEDAGOGY3
ILED 424SEMINAR IN SPOKEN WORD EDUCATION I3
ILED 425SEMINAR IN SPOKEN WORD EDUCATION II3
TLRN 480INQUIRY IN THE CLASSROOM3
Elective courses6
Total Credit Hours18

Please note:

Students who successfully complete the Reading concentration will be permitted to enroll in the six­-credit­-hour summer practicum that is the final course required to earn the reading teacher endorsement.

A Focused Program Concentration is available for already certified teachers who may enroll in five to six courses to earn an additional teaching endorsement. Courses are determined by faculty in the program of the additional endorsement.