12 months
11250 USD/year
9238 USD/year
9238 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The primary aim of the Western Illinois University graduate Educational Studies program is to assist in the development of highly competent, flexible, and empowered practitioners who will have a positive impact on student learning, their immediate professional setting, and their profession as a whole. 


At a time when the ability to make data-driven, research based decisions is increasingly becoming an expected skill for master teachers, we are the only Educational Studies graduate program at Western Illinois University in the college to stress the development of this critical skill as an integral part of our core graduate program across both of our ES graduate options. Of course, this is not the sole focus of our program.

We also offer a focus on Bilingual/Bicultural/ESL education and Adult/Community education. As evident from our mission statement, our program is interdisciplinary in orientation allowing the degree candidate to develop a rich grasp of central issues and problems in education from the perspective of several key disciplines including psychology, philosophy, and anthropology/sociology.

Whichever option you pursue, we think you will find the experience exhilarating and inspiring and welcome and look forward to your participation should you choose to join us.

Possible Careers

  • P-12 Teachers
  • Community College Instructors
  • Educational consultants or policy analysts in schools
  • College and other professional educational settings

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Educational Philosophy, Ethics and Policy
  • Cognition and Instruction
  • Equity and the Socio-Cultural Contexts of Education 
  • Educational Assessment and Evaluation 
  • Foundations of Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations 
  • Cultural Studies of Second Language Learners in the Classroom
  • Assessment of Bilingual and ESL Students 
  • Educational Philosophy, Ethics, and Policy 
  • Cognition and Instruction 


  • Thomas J. Cody, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  • Katrina Daytner, Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Gloria Delany-Barmann, Ed.D., Northern Arizona University
  • James LaPrad, Ph.D., University of Virginia
  • Eric Mansfield, Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado
  • Greg P. Montalvo, Jr., Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
  • Carla Paciotto, Ed.D., Northern Arizona University

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
    • National students - applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for admission to the School of Graduate Studies must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by the appropriate U.S. Department of Education regional institutional accrediting agency. 
  • Applicants usually apply for admission to a degree program simultaneously with admission to the School of Graduate Studies. 
  • If the applicant meets the minimum admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, a copy of the application materials is forwarded to the program of interest for consideration.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11250 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11250 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9238 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9238 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    9238 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9238 USD per year during 12 months.


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