Teachers, Increase Your Qualifications and Make a Difference.

The College of Education offers a number of its programs in on- and off-campus formats to interested and qualified candidates. 

Earn Your Master of Arts in: 

  • Multicategorical Special Education with LBS I Unlimited Endorsement
  • Educational Administration with Principal Endorsement
  • Reading 
  • Bilingual/ESL Education 
  • School Counseling 

 Interested in starting a cohort in your school or district? Contact Cohort Director, Dr. Dor Fitzgerald at 708.534.4536 or email: dfitzgerald@govst.edu.

Education - Bilingual/ESL Sequence

Courses are offered both on campus each semester in University Park and in an off campus cohort format, where highly qualified educators participate as course faculty.

ESL/Bilingual Approval Cohorts:

 Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL 

  • Sawyer Elementary School (Courses begin every semester - Ongoing Cohort)

Additional locations in the South Suburbs:

  • Governors State University, University Park, IL  (Courses begin every semester in a traditional program, non-cohort format)
  • Manhattan, IL
  • Lansing, IL

For more information on these locations or for information, please contact the Program Coordinator: Dr. Larry Cross, Phone: 708.534.6362 or Email:lcross@govst.edu.

Principal Leadership (K-12)

Increase Your Qualifications and Make a Difference.

GSU’s new Principal Leadership Program: 

- Recently approved by the State Licensure Board.
- Blended/hybrid format allows one-subject-area per eight week term in Fall and Spring semesters. 
- Classes typically run on weeknights and/or Saturdays on the GSU campus. 
- Off-campus cohorts are possible if there is sufficient interest. 
- A faculty mentor will be assigned to each candidate throughout the duration of the program. 
- Instead of a comprehensive exam, candidates must pass the ISBE teacher evaluator assessment. 
- Content-area assessment must be passed prior to beginning the last semester of the internship. 
- Candidates will earn a Master's Degree in Educational Administration. 
- Reflects the Common Core State Standards.
- Earns Principal Leadership Endorsement on ISBE Educator License.
- Comprised of 36 semester hours.
- Complete in six, seven or eight semesters.

Fall 2015 Cohorts:

 Locations: On campus at GSU or at the Naperville Education Center.

Information Sessions:

 Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at 9am at GSU. Click here for details.

    For more information contact Dr. John Cook, Interim Division Chair jcook@govst.edu.

    Multicategorical Special Education

    Currently Recruiting for Fall 2015:

    • For more information on cohorts, please contact Dr. Dor Fitzgerald at 708.534.4536 or email dfitzgerald@govst.edu.  
    •  **Please note: All cohort locations are open to teachers in any district or school.**    
    Interested in hosting a Multicategorical Special Education cohort in your school or district?
    Please contact, Cohort Director Dr. Dor Fitzgerald at 708.534.4536 or email dfitzgerald@govst.edu.

    Reading Teacher or Specialist

    Earn your Master of Arts in Reading leading to Illinois Licensure as Reading Specialist or a Reading Teacher Endorsement

    Learn more, earn more with a Master of Arts in Reading from GSU


    New location: District 170 Chicago Heights, Washington/McKinley School


    • Information session: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 2:45pm. Click here for more info.
    • Spring 2015 Start Date
    • Open to currently licensed teachers from any school/district
    • Courses are held in a hybrid format (online/in person)
    • Instructors meet with students the first class session and as needed throughout each semester

    Interested in hosting a cohort in your school or district? Contact Dr. Dor Fitzgerald at dfitzgerald@govst.edu for more information.