The need for special education teachers is urgent, especially in urban areas like Chicago. Research indicates that a shortage of special education teachers disproportionately affects minority students, particularly in urban school districts that have large majorities of African American and Latino students.

About UIC's MEd Special Education program:

  • Several tuition funding sources & scholarship opportunities
  • No GRE required
  • Evening courses can be taken full- or part-time, with face-to-face, blended and online formats

The program welcomes students entirely new to teaching, current teachers new to special education, current special education teachers and students seeking new knowledge about special education but who are not interested in teacher licensure or Illinois endorsements.

Earn Endorsements to your Illinois teaching license (PEL)

Special Ed master’s students have the option to pursue several different endorsements from the State of Illinois in addition to licensure:

  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Bilingual or English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS1) for ages 5-21
  • Learning Behavior Specialist II (LBS2) for advanced specialization:
    • Assistive technology
    • Behavior intervention
    • Curriculum adaptation (inclusion)
    • Multiple disabilities
    • Transition

Endorsement only: Licensed teachers have the option to earn these endorsements without completing a master’s degree program through UIC Extended Campus (LBS1 starting Fall 2020).

Upcoming info sessions:

Congratulations to Frank Ray, M.Ed. Special Education Class of 2020!

Frank Ray is this year’s Dean’s Merit Award winner for the master’s students of the Class of 2020. Watch his virtual commencement speech (with intro from Dr. Parker-Katz) here.

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News about Special Ed teacher vacancies in Illinois

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