MEd in Secondary Education
Completion of the MEd degree program in Secondary Education requires 36 semester hours. A capstone project that consists of a Professional Practice Profile and Student Impact Project is completed during student teaching. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates are eligible for an Illinois Professional Educator License with endorsements in their specific major grades 9–12, and an English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) grades Pre-Kindergarten–12.
Required Courses (36 semester hours) Course Sequence
- TLSC 401: Bringing Language, Learning and Developmental Theory into Practice
- TLSC 403: Teaching, Learning and Leading for Social Justice
- TLSC 404: Constructive Learning Environments for Diverse Students
- TLSC 405: Analyzing Culturally Responsive Classroom Instruction
- TLSC 406: Educational Policy for Diverse Students
- TLSC 407: Individualized Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Students
- TLSC 440: Language and Literacy for Diverse Students
- TLSC 441: Using Classroom Data in a Collaborative Environment to Advance Student Achievement
- TLSC 442: Discipline-Specific Literacy for Diverse Students
- TLSC 450: Teaching and Learning in an Area of Specialization
- TLSC 451: Teaching and Learning with a Global Framework
- TLSC 460: Developing Rigorous and Relevant Instruction and Assessment
- TLSC 461: Developing and Implementing Rigorous and Relevant Instruction and Assessment
- TLSC 470A: Teaching, Learning and Leading with Schools and Communities Internship: Student Teaching
- TLSC 470B: Teaching, Learning and Leading with Schools and Communities Internship: Student Teaching
Endorsement areas requiring additional requirements
English: CIEP 429: Teaching Children & Adolescent Literature
History, Political Science, and Psychology: The following undergraduate courses in the social sciences or their equivalent must be completed in addition to the major field. For those whose major field is Political Science or Psychology, a second teaching field in history (21 semester hours) is required.
- ECON 201: Microeconomics
- HIST 101, 102 or 106
- HIST 203, 211 or 212
- GIST 101: Introduction to Global and International Studies OR
HIST 204: Global History since 1500
- ENVS 283 OR ANTH 104: Human Ecological Footprint
- PLSC 101: American Politics
- PSYC 101: General Psychology
- SOCL 101: Sociological Perspectives: An Introduction
- SOCL 226: Science, Technology and Society or ENVS 283
- UCSF 137: The Scientific Basis of Environmental Issues
Length of Program: Candidates complete the program in one-year (Summer, Fall, Spring, and Summer). This is a full-time, daytime field-based program. Students have five years from acceptance to complete the program.
Continuous Enrollments: Master's students in Secondary Education are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must enroll in at least one course. A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education’s Associate Dean of Student Academic Services.
Comprehensive Assessment: All teacher candidates to complete during student teaching a Professional Practice Profile. The Professional Practice Profile consists of two components. This includes an essay on the conceptual framework in the School of Education, Professionalism in Service of Social Justice, and a reflection on collaborative relationships in education.
- Overall GPA of 3.0 for graduation
- Completion of one-year internship
- Completion of comprehensive assessments
- Candidates complete the Educational Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) that demonstrates expertise in content areas and pedagogy as well as reflection on classroom and clinical experiences.
- Other licensure requirements
Degree Conferral: While the commencement ceremony is every May, degrees can be conferred May, August, and December. Students must apply for graduation/degree conferral. Students should apply for graduation in the semester they anticipate completing all degree requirements. Failure to meet application deadlines may result in a delay of the conferral of the degree to the following semester. Applications for Degree Conferral are due:
- August 1 for December conferral
- December 1 for May conferral
- February 1 for August conferral*
*Students having their degrees conferred in August are eligible to participate in the proceeding May Commencement.
Please note the degree conferral application is valid for only one semester. If the degree is not conferred for the semester requested, a new application is required for a subsequent semester.