Course List

The Master of Arts in Education (MAE) degree requires 20 credit hours of required coursework and 20 credit hours of elective coursework, for a total of 40 credit hours. Official course descriptions are available online on the University of Illinois at Springfield Official Course Description website.

Required Courses

  • EDL 585: Foundations of Online Learning, 4 credits
  • EDL 541: Educational Research Methods, 4 credits
  • EDL 542: Action Research for Leadership, 4 credits
  • EDL 543: Assessment for Learning, 4 credits
  • EDL 586: Master Closure Project, 4 credits

Elective Course Options

***Education Technology Specialist

Higher Education Online Pedagogy

  • EDL 508: Effective Practices in Online Teaching and Learning, 4 credits
  • EDL 512: Student Assessment in Online Learning, 2 credits
  • EDL 515: Online Teaching and Learning, 4 credits
  • EDL 516: Instructional Design and Technology, 4 credits
  • EDL 517: Educational Technology Leadership, 4 credits
  • EDL 518: Educational Technology Systems, 4 credits
  • EDL 521: Current Events/Emerging Technologies in Education, 2 credits
  • EDL 547: Technology in the Curriculum, 4 credits
  • EDL 555: Foundation for Technology in the Curriculum, 4 credits

Middle School

  • EDL 538: Middle School Methods and Philosophy, 4 credits
  • EDL 539: Adolescent Learning and Development, 4 credits

***Learning Behavior Specialist 1

  • EDL 553: Assessment of Students’ Learning Difficulties and Disabilities, 4 credits
  • EDL 554: Characteristics of Exceptional Children, 4  credits
  • EDL 558/559: Strategies for Teaching Children with Special Needs I and II, 2 credits each
  • EDL 573: Survey of Exceptional Children, 4 credits

School Improvement

  • EDL 544: Expectations, standards, and School Improvement, 4 credits
  • EDL 545: Supervision of Instruction for Teacher Leadership, 4 credits
  • EDL 546: Teachers in the Learning Community, 4 credits
  • EDL 548: Reading and Literacy, 4 credits
  • EDL 549: Strategies for improving Teaching Language Arts/Social Studies, 4 credits
  • EDL 551: Strategies for Improving Teaching Math/Science, 4 credits
  • EDL 557: Matching Teaching and Learning Styles, 4 credits
  • EDL 563: Mentoring for Excellence in Teaching, 4 credits
  • EDL 565: Addressing Quality Improvement in the Educational Setting, 4 credits
  • EDL 566: Strategies for Teaching Early Childhood, 4 credits
  • EDL 567: Learning Improvement through Student Accountability,  4 credits

Legal Aspects of Education

  • EDL 574: Critical Legal Issues In Education, 2 credits
  • EDL 575: Legal Aspects Of Special Education, 2 credits
  • EDL 576: Educational Workplace: Legal Risks, 2 credits
  • EDL 577: Schools In The Legal System, 2 credits
  • EDL 578: Educational Workplace: Employee Issues, 2 credits
  • EDL 579: Collective Bargaining Issues, 2 credits
  • EDL 580: Teacher, Parent, and Student Rights, 2 credits
  • EDL 581: Educational Workplace: Legal Issues, 2 credits
  • EDL 582: Political Action and Advocacy, 2 credits
  • EDL 583: Teaching Law in K-12 Schools, 2 credits

    English as a Second Language (ESL)

  • EDL 550: Theoretical Foundations of Teaching English as a Second Language Students, 4 credits
  • EDL 584: Assessment of the English as a Second Language Student,    4 credits
  • EDL 592: Linguistics, 4 credits
  • EDL 593: Cross-Cultural Studies of Teaching English as a Second Language, 2 Credits
  • EDL 594: Methods and Materials for Teaching English as Second Language Students, 4 credits
  • **EDL 595: Clinical Experience for English as a Second Language,      2 credits

**Letter of Approval/Endorsement (100 clinical hours or meet requirements of Illinois State Board of Education ESL Letter of Approval)

***Illinois State Board of Education test must be passed to apply for entitlement.