M.S.Ed. in Special Education

Special Announcement: Excellence in Multilingual Personnel in Illinois Schools (EXCEMPILS) Scholar Opportunity

We are offering a competitive scholarship for a master in special education with a bilingual special education approval. The EXCEMPILS training project is funded through a grant awarded to Elmhurst University from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education. For more information including how to apply, click HERE.

Jeanne White talks about the Elmhurst M.S.Ed. in Special Education.

The M.S.Ed. in special education at Elmhurst is designed for experienced teachers from prekindergarten to high school with professional educator licenses in early childhood, elementary, secondary, middle school, and K-12 specialty areas, including special education.

The curriculum includes approved coursework for the State of Illinois Special Education endorsement, which may be added to the professional license after successful completion of the Learning Behavior Specialist 1 exam.

The program emphasizes teacher leadership within school communities and the profession, with coursework that advances teachers’ practice to enable them to provide research-based special education services in their classrooms and schools. Develop your teacher leadership skills to advance your expertise in research-based special education services. Study current issues and instructional methods in the field of special education, apply best practices and bring innovation to your classroom and school.

Program Format

This program readily accommodates the schedules of working teachers. You’ll earn your degree on a schedule that works for you, with classes meeting every other week on campus in a hybrid format, meeting alternately on campus or online.

  • You can take one, two or three courses in a term and start in the Fall, Spring or Summer Terms.
    • Fall and spring classes meet on weekday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on campus.
    • Summer courses are offered Mondays through Thursdays during the day in 3-week formats from mid-June through July.
  • You may complete the program in two years of full-time study, or take up to four years to finish.


The Higher Learning Commission accredits all graduate programs at Elmhurst University.

Coursework for the LBS1 endorsement has been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.

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