The Master of Arts in Education at Governors State University enhances and facilitates your professional development as a classroom teacher, regardless of the level at which you teach. The program will increase your knowledge, prepare you to assume a leadership role in your school system, help you take responsibility for continued professional development and assist you to develop the skills to solve significant teaching problems. By relating theory to practice, the program emphasizes your development as a reflective practitioner committed to lifelong learning and high standards.

Required courses will broaden your understanding of contemporary educational issues, curriculum development, research methods, and psychology and assessment as applied in schools. Specializations provide in-depth study in:

  • Computer Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • English as a Second Language/Bilingual Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Science Education

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

After meeting the university admission requirements, in order to continue in the program, candidates must, before completing nine hours of course work which must include EDUC6100 and EDUC8244, submit to the College of Education a supplemental application packet containing:

  • Transcripts showing a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher in all undergraduate work attempted and all grades in graduate course work at a “B” or better
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE),including a score of “4” or higher on the Writing Subtest
  •  After the candidate has completed EDUC6100 and EDUC7210, the faculty will review this information and recommend that the candidate be permitted to continue in the program, continue in the program conditionally, or be dismissed from the program. To receive a recommendation to continue, the candidate must earn a grade of “B” or better in EDUC6100 and EDUC8244, and both must be taken at Governors State University. Candidates who score a “1” or “2” on the GRE Writing Subtest will not be permitted to continue in the M.A. in Education program.

Admission to Candidacy

To continue in the program the student must be accepted as a candidate for the M.A. in Education degree after completing EDUC6100, EDUC8244, EDUC8105, and one additional course listed on the student’s approved study plan. Candidates must submit to the Division of Education Graduate Advising Office an application for candidacy in the semester that they expect to have completed the courses required for candidacy: September 30 for Fall semester, January 31 for Spring semester, or May 31 for Summer session. Application forms are available on the Division of Education student portal.
To qualify for candidacy, a student must:
1. Have completed undergraduate prerequisites for all courses on the study plan.

2. Have completed all course work applicable to the degree with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher, with a grade of “B” or better in EDUC6100 and EDUC8244 and with a grade of “C” or better in all other courses.

3. Submit an acceptable essay not to exceed 300 words. See M.A. in Education handbook for details.

4. Display, or be judged as developing, the dispositions expected of a graduate student as listed in the section “Teacher Licensure” in the GSU catalog.

5. Be recommended for candidacy by the M.A. in Education program faculty. Students admitted to candidacy will be assigned to a faculty advisor.

 

Degree Requirements

Credit-hours earned in Education Professional Development or undergraduate courses cannot be applied
toward degree requirements. Students must meet all university requirements for a master’s degree.
In addition, students:

1. May apply a maximum of six hours of graduate credit earned from other accredited institutions or as an undeclared seeking student toward the degree requirements, subject to approval by the M.A. in Education coordinator.

2. Must maintain a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher, with a grade of “B” or better in EDUC6100 and EDUC8244 and a grade of “C” or better in all other courses.

3. Must complete all course work, including transfer credits, within six calendar years.

4. Must pass a comprehensive examination in the area of specialization listed on the student’s approved study plan. (Further information regarding comprehensive examinations is available in the M.A. in Education Student Handbook.)

5. Must display the dispositions expected of graduate students as listed in the, “Teacher Licensure” section of the GSU catalog.

6. Must be recommended by the M.A. in Education program faculty.

I. Required Courses (15 Hours)

EDUC 6100 Issues in Education (3)
EDUC 8105 Student Learning and Assessment (3)
EDUC 8114 Teacher as Researcher (3)
EDUC 8244 Academic Evaluation and Assessment (3)
EDUC 8999 Culminating Experience (3)
(Note: This experience consists of writing a thesis or completing a research project approved by a committee of three faculty members.) Further information is available in the M.A. in Education Student Handbook.

II. Electives (6 Hours)

With advisor’s approval, candidates will select six hours of graduate education courses. A graduate course from related disciplines may be included with the approval of the advisor.

III. Sequences (15 - 18 Hours)

Candidates will select and complete a 15 - 18 hour sequence. Some of the sequences in the M.A. in Education program are offered on a less frequent basis. Please consult with your advisor about the
availability and alternatives.

IV. Total Degree Program (36 - 39 Hours)

 

Note: This program does not lead to a State of Illinois Professional Educator License.

Specializations

Computer Education

EDCP 6610 Evaluating Software for Instruction (3)
EDCP 7370 Educational Application of the Microcomputer: Special Education (3)
EDCP 8100 Multimedia in Education (3)
EDCP 8200 Telecommunications in Education (3)
EDCP 8500 Coordinating Educational Technology (3)

 
Electives for Computer Education. Select two of the following courses:

  • EDCP 7320 Educational Applications of the Microcomputer: Mathematics (3)
  • EDCP 7350 Educational Applications of the Microcomputer: Reading and Writing Development (3)
  • EDCP 7360 Educational Applications of the Microcomputer: Science (3)
  • EDCP 7700 Administrative Uses of Microcomputers (3)

Curriculum and Instruction

EDUC 8257 Curriculum Development (3)

Electives for Curriculum and Instruction. Select eighteen hours from courses that are clearly related to the student’s written goals for graduate study. These courses must be approved by the student’s faculty advisor and the coordinator of graduate studies.

 

Mathematics Education

EDUC 5640 Teaching Math in Intermediate and Mid Grades (3)
EDUC 6400 Teaching and Learning Mathematics (3)
EDUC 8180 Teaching Mathematical Problem
Solving and Critical Thinking (3)
EDUC 8310 Strategies for Teaching Geometry (3)
EDUC 8330 Teaching Mathematics to Mathematically Able Students (3)

 
Electives for Mathematics Education. Select two of the following courses:

  • EDUC 6320 Teaching Mathematics to Low-Achieving Students (3)
  • EDUC 7732 Issues in Math Curriculum and Instruction (3)
  • EDCP 7320 Educational Applications of the Microcomputer: Mathematics (3)

 

Science Education

EDUC 625 Models and Strategies for Science Education (3)
Select twelve hours from courses that clearly relate to the student’s written goals for graduate study. These courses must be approved by the student’s faculty advisor and the coordinator of graduate studies.


Bilingual/ESL Education

BBED 6520 Foundations of Bilingual and ESL Education (3)
BBED 6525 Assessment of Language Minority Students (3)
BBED 6530 Methods and Materials for Teaching Bilingual Students (3)
EDUC 6501 Topics in Education: Teaching English as a Second Language (3)
BBED 6538 Cross Cultural Education (3)
BBED 7977 Reading Strategies in Bilingual and ESL Programs (3)
BBED 8100 Practicum in Bilingual and ESL Education (3) [optional]
18 credit hours are required for the Illinois State Board of Education’s Bilingual/ESL endorsement. 21 credit hours (including BBED 8100 Practicum in Bilingual and ESL Education) may be applied to fulfill the sequence requirement for the M.A. in Education with Specialization in Bilingual/ESL Education.

Academic Advising

The Academic Advisor who works with the M.A. Education program faculty and candidates is Mr. Terrance Felker. Mr. Felker's office is located in the Division of Education Academic Advising area. You can contact Mr. Felker via phone: 708. 534.4569 or email: tfelker@govst.edu.

Your program's Academic Advisor is the ideal first contact for: 

  • Individuals considering application to this degree program.
  • Newly admitted candidates who need to develop a plan of study (including evaluation of transfer credits). 
  • Continuing candidates who have questions or comments on program policies, procedures, and requirements.