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Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction

What you need to do to graduate

M.S. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

The program of studies for M.S. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction candidates requires minimally 36 semester hours of course work consisting of departmental/college basic education courses, an area of emphasis (ESL, Reading, Middle Level, or Curriculum Development, which enables an individualized, discipline-specific focus), and a research component (i.e., action research or thesis).

Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction Study Plan (pdf)

ESL Teacher Endorsement

Persons seeking an English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement through the State of Illinois must hold a valid professional Illinois teaching license. A total of 18 semester hours of course work distributed among the following course areas is required:

  • Linguistics;
  • Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL;
  • Assessment of the Bilingual Student;
  • Methods and Materials for teaching ESL; and
  • Cross-cultural Studies for Teaching Limited-English-Proficient Students.

ESL clinical experience equal to 100 clock hours or three months teaching experience with ESL students must be documented.

ESL Teacher Endorsement (Courses at EIU)

Reading Teacher Endorsement

Reading teachers are responsible for teaching reading to students and providing technical assistance or professional development. The endorsement can be obtained on an early childhood, elementary, secondary or special certificate. The general requirements include passing the reading teacher content area test and completing a minimum of 24 semester hours in reading, including a practicum, in the following six areas:

  • Foundations of reading
  • Content-area reading
  • Assessment and diagnosis of reading problems
  • Developmental and remedial reading instruction and support
  • Developmental and remedial materials and resources
  • Literature appropriate to students across all grade levels

NOTE: Reading teacher endorsements may be granted only within the grade range of the certificate held.

Reading Teacher Endorsement courses at EIU (pdf)

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

Post-baccalaureate students seeking a teaching certificate through any of EIU's state approved certification programs must meet the full intent of the respective programs. All previous course work, either graduate or undergraduate, will be evaluated in terms of current requirements. This will include general education, a major, and the professional education requirements. To initiate the transcript evaluation process, contact Christy Hooser in the College of Education.

Program sheet (pdf)

Christy Hooser, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, College of Education
Phone: 217-581-2524

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Contact Information

Dr. Daniel Carter
MSED C&I Graduate Coordinator

2201 Buzzard
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

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