Application Process

Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline: March 15
Spring Deadline: October 1
Summer Deadline: February 1
(Group 3 LBS2 applicants only - there is no LBS1 admission available for the summer term)

Program options: choose your group before you apply

Choose which MEd group is right for your professional interests and background:

  1. Group 1: 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.  Applicants will need to provide  proof of a minimum of one year of teaching in special education experience. A minimum of two years of experience will be required upon completion of the program.  Applicants will also need to submit proof of having taken a research methods course or the intention to take one.
  4. Group 4: Students not interested in licensure or endorsement, only pursuing the MEd degree and no license or endorsement

Application Process by Group (1-4)

Depending on your professional goals and background upon entering the program, there are 4 group options for the Special Ed MEd. Click on the tabs to see application instructions for each group.

For students new to teaching and seeking the MEd degree, professional educator license (PEL), and LBS I endorsement

  1. New applicants to UIC must complete the UIC Graduate School application.
  2. Submit your application fee when completing the application.
  3. Current UIC graduate students who want to change or add programs or degrees should complete the Request for Change of Graduate Program instead of the UIC Graduate School application. Please read the instructions if you are not sure which one to fill out, or contact gradcoll@uic.edu with questions.
  4. After you have completed the UIC Graduate School application or change of program form, you must also complete the College of Education application.
  5. The following documents should be uploaded online after receiving email instructions and completing the UIC Graduate School application:
    1. Undergraduate transcripts for your last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree and all graduate transcripts
    2. TOEFL or IELTS test scores for international applicants only
    3. Three letters of recommendation. These letters should address the applicant’s academic qualifications, research ability/experience and ability to carry on advanced degree studies. Letters may be from current or former professors or supervisors. At least one letter should be from someone who can address your experience working with children. Please ask your recommenders to use letterhead if it is available and if they are uploading an electronic version of the letter of recommendation.
    4. Personal Statement. In approximately 300 to 400 words, this statement should discuss your professional goals, indicating experiences and attitudes towards working with children in urban environments.

For licensed teachers who are new to Special Education, pursuing the MEd and LBS 1 endorsement

  1. New applicants to UIC must complete the UIC Graduate School application.
  2. Submit your application fee when completing the application.
  3. Current UIC graduate students who want to change or add programs or degrees should complete the Request for Change of Graduate Program instead of the UIC Graduate School application. Please read the instructions if you are not sure which one to fill out, or contact gradcoll@uic.edu with questions.
  4. After you have completed the UIC Graduate School application or change of program form, you must also complete the College of Education application.
  5. The following documents should be uploaded online upon receiving email instructions after completing the UIC Graduate School application:
    1. Undergraduate transcripts for your last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree and all graduate transcripts
    2. TOEFL or IELTS test scores for international applicants only
    3. Three letters of recommendation. These letters should address the applicant’s academic qualifications, research ability/experience and ability to carry on advanced degree studies. Letters may be from current or former professors or supervisors. At least one letter should be from someone who can address your experience working with children. Please ask your recommenders to use letterhead if it is available and if they are uploading an electronic version of the letter of recommendation.
    4. Personal Statement. In approximately 300 to 400 words, this statement should discuss your professional goals, indicating experiences and attitudes towards working with children in urban environments.

Current Special Ed teachers with LBS I, pursuing the MEd and advanced LBS II endorsement

  1. New applicants to UIC must complete the UIC Graduate School application
  2. Submit your application fee when completing the application
  3. Current UIC graduate students who want to change or add programs or degrees should complete the Request for Change of Graduate Program instead of the UIC Graduate School application. Please read the instructions if you are not sure which one to fill out, or contact gradcoll@uic.edu with questions.
  4. After you have completed the UIC Graduate School application or change of program form, you must also complete the College of Education application.
  5. The following documents should be uploaded online upon receiving email instructions after completing the UIC Graduate School application:
    1. Undergraduate transcripts for your last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree and all graduate transcripts
    2. TOEFL or IELTS test scores for international applicants only
    3. Three letters of recommendation. These letters should address the applicant’s academic qualifications, research ability/experience and ability to carry on advanced degree studies. Letters may be from current or former professors or supervisors. At least one letter should be from someone who can address your experience working with children. Please ask your recommenders to use letterhead if it is available and if they are uploading an electronic version of the letter of recommendation.
    4. Personal Statement. All applicants must submit a goals statement in the form of a letter of application that includes a self-appraisal of UIC Department of Special Education LBS II Dispositional Qualities. Directions: In 500 words (approximately two to four pages, double-spaced), please describe your strengths and achievements using the UIC Teacher Candidate LBS II Dispositional Qualities as a guide. Also describe areas in which you can improve, and how you intend to make such improvements.
  6. Resume and proof of 1 year of teaching in special education experience. A minimum of two years of experience will be required upon completion of the program.
  7. A copy of the LBS I license and endorsement

Students pursuing the MEd only, no license or endorsement

  1. Applicants to UIC must first complete the UIC Graduate School application.
  2. Submit your application fee when completing the application.
  3. Current UIC graduate students who want to change or add programs or degrees should complete the Request for Change of Graduate Program instead of the UIC Graduate School application. Please read the instructions if you are not sure which one to fill out, or contact gradcoll@uic.edu with questions.
  4. After you have completed the UIC Graduate School application or change of program form, you must also complete the College of Education application.
  5. The following documents should be uploaded online upon receiving email instructions after completing the UIC Graduate School application:
    1. Undergraduate transcripts for your last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree and all graduate transcripts
    2. TOEFL or IELTS test scores for international applicants only
    3. Three letters of recommendation. These letters should address the applicant’s academic qualifications, research ability/experience and ability to carry on advanced degree studies. Letters may be from current or former professors or supervisors. At least one letter should be from someone who can address your experience working with children. Please ask your recommenders to use letterhead if it is available and if they are uploading an electronic version of the letter of recommendation.
    4. Personal Statement. In approximately 300 to 400 words, this statement should discuss your professional goals, indicating experiences and attitudes towards working with children in urban environments.