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The M.S.Ed. in Special Education at Elmhurst requires the successful completion of 12 courses, including three core areas of study and a capstone seminar, for a total of 34 semester hours (8.5 credits).

Curriculum includes approved coursework for the State of Illinois Special Education (LBS1) endorsement, which may be added to the professional license after successful completion of the Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1, #155) exam. Graduate students may also work toward future endorsements (e.g., teacher leader and ESL/bilingual) as part of their program of study.

This master’s program does not fulfill the requirements to become a director of special education.

Required Courses

Special Education courses (six courses, 18 semester hours)

  • MTL 514 Characteristics of Learners with Disabilities
  • MTL 524 The Educational Assessment Process and Learners with Disabilities
  • MTL 532 Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom
  • MTL 535 Curriculum & Instruction for Learners with High Incidence Disabilities
  • MTL 537 Curriculum & Instruction for Learners with Low Incidence Disabilities
  • MTL 542 Using School Law for Advocacy & Leadership

Research courses (three courses, 9 semester hours)

  • MTL 513 Analyzing Reading Foundations
  • MTL 552 Using Research to Improve Practice
  • MTL 591 Action Research

Teacher Leadership electives (two courses, 6 semester hours)

  • MTL 521 Building Professional and Community Relationships through Collaboration
  • MTL 528 Examining Issues and Trends in Teacher Leadership
  • MTL 536 Linking Assessment to Learning
  • MTL 538 Improving School Climate and Learning
  • MTL 544 Cross-Cultural Studies in Teaching English Language Learners
  • MTL 567 Advocating for Culturally-relevant Curriculum & Instruction
  • MTL 596 Evaluating Diversity Issues in Teaching & Learning
  • MTL 597 Promoting Professional Development for School Improvement

Capstone Seminar (1-, 2- or 3-semester hours, as needed)*

  • MTL 598 Seminar in Leadership, Innovation and Critical Inquiry

*All graduate students complete a capstone seminar in the final fall or spring term prior to graduation. During this seminar, the final capstone research project in special education is completed with the assistance of a faculty advisor chosen by the graduate student and the faculty instructor for the seminar.

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