24 months
24738 USD/year
24738 USD/year
11870 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The MEd in Special Education programme at the University of Illinois at Chicago offers course work that leads to the Master of Education in Special Education organized around four domains of study: foundations, development and disability, research, and assessment.


At the Special Education programme at the University of Illinois at Chicago the degree can also lead to the Learning Behavior Specialist I licensure/endorsement, the Learning Behavior Specialist II endorsements, or the MEd degree only; and the Doctor of Philosophy in Education: Special Education. 

The Bilingual and/or English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement, and the Early Childhood Special Education approval, can also be awarded; contact the College of Education for specific course requirements.

Interdepartmental concentrations in Gender and Women's Studies and Violence Studies are available to students in these programs. Some of the LBS II endorsements are interdepartmental with the Disabilities and Human Development (DHD) Department.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Political and Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Special Education
  • Theoretical Foundations and Issues of Bilingual Special Education
  • Advanced Procedures in Special Educator as Consultant
  • Understanding Students With Low Incidence Disabilities
  • Educational Implications of Learners with Low-Incidence and Multiple Disabilites
  • Adolescence and the Schools

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 alternative credits

33–36 semester hours


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Applicants must submit transcripts from the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and from all postbaccalaureate work.
  • For the LBS I and LBS II Illinois licensure and endorsement options, passing scores on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP). 
  • Three required; addressing the applicant’s academic qualifications, teaching experience, and potential for advanced-degree studies. Letters should be from current or former professors and/or supervisors.
  • Required; the statement, in a minimum of 300 words, must address the applicant’s professional goals and acknowledge the urban focus of UIC special education programs.
  • Professional Resume Required for students applying for the MEd Plus LBS II option; the resume must include all teaching experience and leadership.
    • Other Requirements All materials must be submitted by the stated application deadline.

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      24738 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 12369 USD per semester during 24 months.
    • National

      24738 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 12369 USD per semester during 24 months.
    • In-State

      11870 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 5935 USD per semester during 24 months.

    Living costs for Chicago

    1297 - 2491 USD /month
    Living costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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