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Master of Science in Education

Master Teacher Program 

The Master Teacher Program is undergoing revision at this time and is not admitting new students.  Our goal is to have a 100%-online program delivery available by the Fall 2017 semester.  Check back here for information.

Program Overview

  • The Department of Secondary Education and Foundations offers a two-year, cohort-based program leading to a Master of Science in Education with a Master Teacher major. 

  • This program is aligned with the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and is designed to meet the needs of practicing PreK-12 teachers who wish to pursue a planned program of study focusing on increasing pedagogical knowledge and skills.  Course products may be used in the development of a portfolio for the NBPTS certification process.

The program takes six consecutive semesters to complete, and requires 33 credit hours.  Two courses are offered each semester; students are expected to take all courses with the cohort.


Introductory Course
EDU 5000 – Seminar: Professional Practice (2)

Foundational Core
EDP 5300 – Psychological Foundations for Educational Practice (3)
EDF 5500 – Curriculum Development (3)
EDF 5510 – Social Foundations for Educational Practice (3)

Research and Practice
EDU 5200 – Introduction to Educational Research (3)
EDU 5680 – Educational Assessment (3)
EDU 5400 – Technology Applications (3)
EDU 5400 – Learning Communities (3)

Disciplinary Focus
MLE 5270 – Content Area Literacy Instruction (3)
EDF 5310 – Foundations of ESL-Bilingual Education (3)
EDU 5800 – NBPTS Portfolio Development I (2)
EDU 5801 – NBPTS Portfolio Development II (2)


National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

While the Master Teacher Program has no formal affiliation with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the program makes a conscious effort to infuse the NBPTS’s “Five Core Propositions” throughout the program’s classroom activities and assignments:

  • Teachers are committed to students and their learning;
  • Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students;
  • Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning;
  • Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience;
  • Teachers are members of learning communities.

Additionally, the program’s first course (EDU 5000) devotes significant time to introducing students to the NPBTS process and requirements, and two of the final courses (EDU 5800 and EDU 5801) require students to complete a portfolio that meets the requirements of NPBTS.


Admission Process

Students must complete the following steps to be considered for admission to the Master Teacher Program:
  • Apply online to the EIU Graduate School;
  • Mail the following materials to the Department of Secondary Education and Foundations:
    • Copy of current teaching certificate;
    • Letter of application expressing your goals and why you wish to enroll in this program;
    • Two letters of recommendation: One from an evaluating administrator indicating suitability for the program; one from a colleague addressing your collegiality/collaboration skills, leadership qualities, and ability to reflect and improve on your teaching;
    • A current resume;
    • A letter of documentation from your school district verifying two years full-time (or full-time equivalent) contracted classroom teaching experience (as of beginning of program) and a contracted classroom appointment for the school years during which the student is completing Master Teacher courses.

Mail these materials to:

Department of Secondary Education & Foundations
Eastern Illinois University
2147 Buzzard Hall / 600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920