The College of Education

College of Education graduates lead successful careers in a variety of educational settings as leaders of community organizations, researchers and dedicated educators. Through community engagement and outreach opportunities, students make a positive impact among young people and their families.

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Students seeking careers in early childhood education are prepared for teaching across various environments and spectrums. Courses include Development, Health and Wellness: Conception to age 8, Social Development of Urban Children and Political and Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Special Education.

ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA:
DIRECT
GPA3.0
IELTSTM6.5 (no sub score lower than 6.0)
GRE/GMATN/A
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTSOfficial Transcripts; three letters of recommendation; personal statement addressing relevant background and experiences; Interview with program faculty
QUALIFYING UNDERGRADUATE DEGREESDegree in any discipline is specified for this degree. Degree that is awarded by an institution that is accredited for an academic degree and is equivalent to a US bachelor’s according to nationally accepted industry standards published by AACRAOEdge, ECE or Evaluation Services Inc. equivalent to a U.S. four-year degree from an accredited institution as determined by UIC Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
AVAILABLE ENTRYFall
SAMPLE COURSEWORK:
  • Development, Health and Wellness: Conception to Age 8 (4 credits)
  • Characteristics and Assessment of Young Children with Disabilities (4 credits)
  • Early Childhood/ECSE: Perspectives, Policy and History (4 credits)

Total credit hours required for degree: 32-36

CONTINUATION DETAILS:
DIRECT
DEGREE CREDITS12, depending on courses taken in the semester
CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTSMust be in compliance with university policy on maintaining good academic standing in the degree program.

Successful completion of the Professional Development and Academic Skills workshops, seminars and modules within the term in the Graduate Direct Program (not referring to other requirements within the respective degree program).

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 32-26

Graduates seeking careers in educational leadership are prepared  through courses including Advanced Educational Psychology, Policy Issues in the History of American Education and Dynamics of Learning Environments. Students choose from two concentrations: Educational Studies or Policy Studies Concentration. Both concentrations have the same hours and the same initial course requirements. After the first semester, students have the flexibility to choose the right combination of courses for their goals and interests.

ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA:
DIRECT
GPAEducational Studies: 2.75 / Policy Studies: 3.0
IELTSTM6.5 (no sub score lower than 6.0)
GRE/GMATN/A
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTSOfficial Transcripts; three letters of recommendation; personal statement addressing relevant background and experiences.
QUALIFYING UNDERGRADUATE DEGREESDegree in any discipline is specified for this degree. Degree that is awarded by an institution that is accredited for an academic degree and is equivalent to a US bachelor’s according to nationally accepted industry standards published by AACRAOEdge, ECE or Evaluation Services Inc. equivalent to a U.S. four-year degree from an accredited institution as determined by UIC Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.
AVAILABLE ENTRYSpring, Fall
SAMPLE COURSEWORK:
  • Philosophy of Education and Urban School Policy (3 credits)
  • Advanced Education Psychology (3 credits)
  • Curriculum and Teaching (3 credits)

Total credit hours required for degree: 32

CONTINUATION DETAILS:
DIRECT
DEGREE CREDITS9, depending on courses taken in the semester
CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTSMust be in compliance with university policy on maintaining good academic standing in the degree program.

Successful completion of the Professional Development and Academic Skills workshops, seminars and modules within the term in the Graduate Direct Program (not referring to other requirements within the respective degree program).

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 32

The M.Ed in Language, Literacies & Learning seeks to equip students in fostering the literacy development of children and adolescents. The curriculum includes Societal Bases of Languages, Literacies and Learning, Language and Literacy Policy, and Languages and Literacies in and out of School.

ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA:
DIRECT
GPA2.75
IELTSTM6.5 (no sub score lower than 6.0)
GRE/GMATN/A
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTSOfficial Transcripts; two letters of recommendation; personal statement addressing relevant personal background. professional experiences, and professional goals.
QUALIFYING UNDERGRADUATE DEGREESDegree in any discipline is specified for this degree. Degree that is awarded by an institution that is accredited for an academic degree and is equivalent to a US bachelor’s according to nationally accepted industry standards published by AACRAOEdge, ECE or Evaluation Services Inc. equivalent to a U.S. four-year degree from an accredited institution as determined by UIC Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.
AVAILABLE ENTRYSpring, Fall
SAMPLE COURSEWORK:
  • Societal Bases of Languages, Literacies and Learning (4 credits)
  • Foundations and Current Issues in Educating English Language Learners (4 credits)
  • Foundations of Writing (4 credits)

Total credit hours required for degree: 32

CONTINUATION DETAILS:
DIRECT
DEGREE CREDITS12
CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTSMust be in compliance with university policy on maintaining good academic standing in the degree program.

Successful completion of the Professional Development and Academic Skills workshops, seminars and modules within the term in the Graduate Direct Program (not referring to other requirements within the respective degree program).

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 32

Training in quantitative and qualitative methodologies prepares graduates to conquer careers in educational and other social science research settings. Courses include Research Design in Education, Theory of Statistics and Essentials of Quantitative Inquiry in Education.

ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA:
DIRECT
GPA2.75
IELTSTM6.5 (no sub score lower than 6.0)
GRE/GMATGRE
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTSOfficial Transcripts; three letters of recommendation; personal statement that addresses the applicant’s professional and scholarly goals. Interview may be required.
QUALIFYING UNDERGRADUATE DEGREESDegree in any discipline is specified for this degree. Degree that is awarded by an institution that is accredited for an academic degree and is equivalent to a US bachelor’s according to nationally accepted industry standards published by AACRAOEdge, ECE or Evaluation Services Inc. equivalent to a U.S. four-year degree from an accredited institution as determined by UIC Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.
AVAILABLE ENTRYSpring, Fall
SAMPLE COURSEWORK:
  • Research Design in Education (4 credits)
  • Essentials of Quantitative Inquiry in Education (4 credits)
  • Data and Interpretation in Educational Inquiry (4 credits)
  • Rating Scale and Questionnaire Design and Analysis (4 credits)
  • Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry in Education (4 credits)
  • Approaches to Analyzing Rating Data (4 credits)

Note: Optional thesis or research project

Total credit hours required for degree: 32

CONTINUATION DETAILS:
DIRECT
DEGREE CREDITS12
CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTSMust be in compliance with university policy on maintaining good academic standing in the degree program.

Successful completion of the Professional Development and Academic Skills workshops, seminars and modules within the term in the Graduate Direct Program (not referring to other requirements within the respective degree program).

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 32
ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA:

This unique program provides new and current science teachers with the preparation they need through two tracks of study. Coursework includes Educational Assessment and Evaluation, Advanced Educational Psychology and Secondary Literacy.

DIRECT
GPA3.0
IELTSTM6.5 (no sub score lower than 6.0)
GRE/GMATN/A
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTSOfficial Transcripts; thee letters of recommendation; personal statement addressing professional goals.
QUALIFYING UNDERGRADUATE DEGREESDegree in any discipline is specified for this degree. Degree that is awarded by an institution that is accredited for an academic degree and is equivalent to a US bachelor’s according to nationally accepted industry standards published by AACRAOEdge, ECE or Evaluation Services Inc. equivalent to a U.S. four-year degree from an accredited institution as determined by UIC Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
AVAILABLE ENTRYFall, Spring
SAMPLE COURSEWORK:
  • Philosophy of Education and Urban School Policy (3 credits)
  • Advanced Educational Psychology (3 credits)
  • Systematic Approaches to Program Quality (3 credits)
  • Adolescence and the Schools (3 credits)

Total credit hours required for degree: 32-36

CONTINUATION DETAILS:
DIRECT
DEGREE CREDITS9-12, depending on courses taken in the semester
CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTSMust be in compliance with university policy on maintaining good academic standing in the degree program.

Successful completion of the Professional Development and Academic Skills workshops, seminars and modules within the term in the Graduate Direct Program (not referring to other requirements within the respective degree program).

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 32-36

Graduates of the Special Education program are equipped to educate in urban areas and beyond, meeting the urgent demand for special education teachers. Curriculum includes Principles of ABA and Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and Political and Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Special Education.

ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA:
DIRECT
GPA2.75
IELTSTM6.5 (no sub score lower than 6.0)
GRE/GMATN/A
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTSOfficial Transcripts; three letters of recommendation; personal statement addressing professional and scholarly goals; resume.
QUALIFYING UNDERGRADUATE DEGREESDegree in any discipline is specified for this degree. Degree that is awarded by an institution that is accredited for an academic degree and is equivalent to a US bachelor’s according to nationally accepted industry standards published by AACRAOEdge, ECE or Evaluation Services Inc. equivalent to a U.S. four-year degree from an accredited institution as determined by UIC Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.
AVAILABLE ENTRYSpring, Fall
SAMPLE COURSEWORK:
  • Political and Sociocultural Perspectives on Special Education (3 credits)
  • Understanding Students with High Incidence Disabilities (3 credits)
  • Understanding Special Education Research (3 credits)
  • Understanding Students with Low Incidence Disabilities (3 credits)

Total credit hours required for degree: 32-36

CONTINUATION DETAILS:
DIRECT
DEGREE CREDITS9-12, depending on courses taken in the semester
CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTSMust be in compliance with university policy on maintaining good academic standing in the degree program.

Successful completion of the Professional Development and Academic Skills workshops, seminars and modules within the term in the Graduate Direct Program (not referring to other requirements within the respective degree program).

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 32-36

Youth-dedicated professionals develop skills for working with youth in urban contexts in this program. Coursework includes Social Development of Urban Children, Adolescence and the Schools, and Youth Culture Community Organizing and Education.

ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA:
DIRECT
GPA2.75
IELTSTM6.5 (no sub score lower than 6.0)
GRE/GMATN/A
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTSOfficial Transcripts; three letters of recommendation; personal statement addressing experiences working with youth, and professional and scholarly goals

Previous psychology coursework preferred but not required

QUALIFYING UNDERGRADUATE DEGREESDegree in any discipline is specified for this degree. Degree that is awarded by an institution that is accredited for an academic degree and is equivalent to a US bachelor’s according to nationally accepted industry standards published by AACRAOEdge, ECE or Evaluation Services Inc. equivalent to a U.S. four-year degree from an accredited institution as determined by UIC Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.
AVAILABLE ENTRYFall
SAMPLE COURSEWORK:
  • Seminar in Urban Youth Development (4 credits)
  • Social Development of Urban Children (4 credits)
  • Research Design in Education (4 credits)

Note: Thesis or culminating fieldwork experience required.

Total credit hours required for degree: 33-36

CONTINUATION DETAILS:
DIRECT
DEGREE CREDITS12
CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTSMust be in compliance with university policy on maintaining good academic standing in the degree program.

Successful completion of the Professional Development and Academic Skills workshops, seminars and modules within the term in the Graduate Direct Program (not referring to other requirements within the respective degree program).

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 33-36