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)
  • Jane Addams Elementary School, Chicago, IL  - Targeted Start Date Summer 2013
  • Zapata Academy, Chicago, IL - Targeted Start Date Fall 2013

Additional locations in the South Suburbs:

  • Governors State University, University Park, IL  (Courses begin every semester in a traditional program, non-cohort format)
  • Lincoln-Way School District 

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.

Spring 2014 Cohort Locations:

  • On Campus (GSU, University Park, IL).
  • SPEED Central Office, CEO Center, 1125 Division Street, Chicago Heights, IL 60411. 

Information Sessions for Fall 2014 Cohorts: 

  • Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11:15am Room G330
  • Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:15pm Room G261 

    For more information contact Dr. Joseph Matula, Program Coordinator jmatula@govst.edu.

    Multicategorical Special Education

    Recruiting for Summer 2014 (May 2014 Start Date):

    • School District 148, Dolton, IL  

    Location: Dolton West School District 148, District Office, 114 West 144th Street, Riverdale, IL 60827  

    For more information on the above cohorts, please contact Dr. Dor Fitzgerald at 708.534.4536 or email dfitzgerald@govst.edu.


    Recruiting for Fall 2014 (August 2014 Start Date):

    School District 130, Blue Island, IL 

    InformationalMeetingThursday,February 27,2014

    Time 3:30-4:00p.m.Room200of theDistrictOffice

    12300South GreenwoodAvenueBlueIsland,IL 60406-1567

    To RSVP, email Cohort Director, Dr. Dor Fitzgerald.


     **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

    • Courses are held in a hybrid format (online/in person).

    • Instructors meet with students the first class session and as needed throught each semester.

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


    Master of Arts in Psychology

    Achieve Success at GSU’s Naperville Education Center!

    Earn your Master of Arts in Psychology from Governors State University

    Information Session: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 5 – 7 p.m. in Naperville. Click hereto download the flyer.

    • Classes meet Thursday evenings at the GSU Naperville Education Center located at 2244 West 95th Street, Naperville, IL 60564.
    • Application Deadline: October 15, 2014
    • RSVP to: Jan Ulner, julner@govst.edu, 630.428.3375, www.govst.edu/nec