Licensure requires teachers to build a knowledge base to identify and intervene with students who exhibit a wide range of disabilities, including learning disabilities, cognitive impairments (mental retardation and traumatic brain injury), autism, social/emotional disabilities, and physical disabilities/other health impaired. Moreover, although the licensure will cover grades K-12, candidates will have a working knowledge of issues and strategies appropriate for the grades P-12.
The coursework is designed to allow the candidate both to evaluate research and conduct action research in the classroom. Furthermore, varied clinical practice and field experiences are considered an integral part to all courses so that the candidate can apply theory to practice and practice to theoretical conceptualizations. Please note that candidates with an existing licensure will not be required to student teach, but will participate in an internship that will be tailored to broaden the candidate's base of experience in the field.
Candidates with an existing certification will qualify for an endorsement in special education after the first 19 hours of coursework. For a candidate with an existing certification, completion of the Master of Arts in Special Education (M.A.S.E.) involves 48 hours of coursework although the core courses necessary for the certification total 42 hours. The remaining six (6) hours to complete the M.A.S.E. degree will involve a cognate of two courses that the candidate will plan with the assistance of his or her advisor. This cognate will enable the candidate to establish an area of increased specialization. Suggested cognates include coursework in areas such as elementary education, the reading specialist, ELL/ESL/Bilingual, or educational leadership/supervision (toward a Type 75 certification) or early childhood special education areas. For a candidate for whom this will be an initial certification with student teaching, there are 54 total hours for the master's degree, which includes the two-course cognate. The main objectives of the coursework are twofold: to build the pedagogical expertise of the candidate; and to facilitate collaboration with his or her students, their families, their colleagues, and the community.
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You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.Schedule TOEFL®
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The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.Schedule TOEFL®
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.
You need the following GPA score:
Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).
Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).
Online application with essay.
Passing grades on the Illinois Basic Skills Test.
Passing a National Background Check (Criminal Activity and Sex Offender); completed after admission.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (official transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted).
A 3.0 grade point average. If the applicant's grade point average is below that of a 3.0, the applicant may be accepted on a probationary basis.
Three letters of reference from individuals familiar with the applicant's professional potential related to this field.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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