Degree Requirements

The MEd Special Education program offers degrees for four distinct groups of students:

  1. Group1: Students completely new to the career of teaching, pursuing the MEd degree, LBS 1 and professional educator license
  2. Group 2: Currently licensed teachers in the State of Illinois who are new to special education, pursuing the MEd degree and LBS 1
  3. Group 3: Current special education teachers with LBS1 seeking an advanced LBS 2 endorsement, pursuing the MEd degree and LBS 2
  4. Group 4: Students not interested in licensure or endorsement, only pursuing the MEd degree and no license or endorsement

Additionally, the IL Early Childhood Special Education (ECE/SPED) Approval to teach students with and without disabilities, ages birth – five, and the Illinois Bilingual and ESL Endorsements to teach students with and without disabilities, are available for students in any of the above groups enrolled in a master’s program.  Those four courses can also be taken as a non-degree with enrollment through UIC Extended Campus.  Requirements for the approval are listed at the bottom of this page.

Degree requirements for these specific groups follow below.

All applicants seeking an Illinois endorsement or licensure must show evidence of basic skills completion.

Program Coordinator

Degree Requirements by Student Group