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Department of Education

Master of Arts in Education

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Impact the Lives of Your Students

Our Master of Arts in Education offers a variety of opportunities to advance your education career. Our faculty have been educating Chicago-area teachers and administrators for decades, so they know exactly what you need to succeed. Classes are small, so faculty get to know you and design teaching experiences that are personalized to your needs.

Students must be a current licensed teacher to apply. Whether you are expanding your knowledge to advance your career as a teacher or striving for a principal or administrative position, we offer two unique curriculum tracks with endorsements that will help you meet your goals.

Education Concentrations

You'll build both a proficiency in your content area and an understanding of your particular teaching environment. Both Education concentrations give you the flexibility to keep your job while earning your degree. Classes meet one night a week.

  • Curriculum and Instruction (C&I): Maximize your potential as a classroom teacher. Students can complete the 33 credit hour degree with one of the following endorsements, or complete course work for the endorsement only:
    • Teacher Leader Endorsement
    • Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS1) Endorsement
    • English Language Learner (ELL) Endorsement
  • Educational Leadership: Advance your career to become an assistant principal or principal. Students complete the 36 credit hour degree with the following endorsement:
    • Principal Endorsement

Program Features

  • Engaged alumni mentor students and frequently return to campus to share their professional expertise.
  • Full-time faculty who are involved in-state and national leadership program innovations and partner with working principals and other administrators to stay ahead of the latest education trends.
  • Our program is aligned with standards for National Board Certification.
  • Hybrid course offerings and cohorts at local school districts.

Education Alliance Partnership

Through the Education Alliance Grant, eligible employees with an earned bachelor's degree will receive a 20% tuition discount on any graduate program offered by North Central College. For the Master of Arts in Education degree, you can save $3900-$4300 in tuition!

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership: Principal Endorsement

If you want to be a transformative leader in an assistant principal or principal role, North Central’s Educational Leadership with Principal Endorsement Masters program will develop your skills for success. Courses meet one night a week in Naperville, with experiences geared towards immediate application in the field. 

As part of the program, students will complete a flexible, twelve-month internship with experiences in the school improvement process, teacher development, management, and competency in meeting the needs of diverse students.  This internship does not require students to take a leave from employment.  

A prior teaching license is required or until 2021, those who hold a Type 73 certificate may also qualify for the program.

Program Outcomes

  • Develop insight into the complexities of culture and change agency.
  • Build skills for outreach, partnership, and advocacy among stakeholders
  • Explore the latest research on school efficacy and leadership
  • Link pedagogy, assessment and the school improvement process
  • Gain an understanding of management, litigation, and financing

Educational Leadership and Administration, MA-Ed

WITH ELIGIBILITY FOR THE PRINCIPAL ENDORSEMENT

The purpose of the Master of Arts Degree in Education (MA-Ed) is to develop principals and assistant principals who have vision and possess a comprehensive set of leadership and management perspectives and skills. The program provides students with an understanding of the school environment and how a principal, through his/her abilities with the technical, managerial and institutional levels, creates and fosters a professional learning environment that facilitates the learning of teachers and students in his/her care. Students are also provided with a breadth of theory in leadership, a foundation of knowledge, practical experiences and performances that are necessary to understanding the enterprise of educational leadership and educational management. The North Central College program provides a strong foundation of knowledge, dispositions and performance based on the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) leadership standards to prepare candidates to become successful school assistant principals and principals. The North Central College Educational Leadership and Administration Master's Degree addresses the new Illinois State Board of Education requirements for candidates whereby applicants must meet the following requirement:

Two years of full-time teaching experience shall have been accrued while the individual held a valid early childhood, elementary, secondary, special K-12 or special preschool-age 21 license.

Candidates in the program are able to complete all coursework in approximately two years while maintaining a full-time teaching position. The program does not require a candidate to take time off from teaching to complete the degree. The first six classes must include: EDN 500, EDN 515 and EDN 534. The program includes an internship experience spread over two courses: EDN 690 and EDN 691. Together, these two courses are designed to allow students to complete all internship requirements within 12 months. One of the internship courses requires a two-week residency with a principal, typically completed in summer.

This one-year internship requires the selection of a principal mentor. The principal mentor must have a minimum of two years of experience, an Illinois license and evidence of student growth in two of the past five years as a principal. As part of the program, candidates will be required to participate in training by certified staff in accordance with provisions of Section 24 A-3 of the School Code (105 ILCS/24A-3). This training will involve completion of the State-prescribed teacher supervision modules.

Candidates successfully completing a principal preparation program shall obtain a principal endorsement and are eligible to work as a principal or assistant principal. (Section 21-7.1 of the School Code; also see 23 Ill. Adm.Code 25.337)

Degree Requirements

The degree in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration requires a student to complete 36 credit hours. All courses are worth three credit hours. Students who complete the M.A. degree in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration can earn a principal endorsement to become a principal or assistant principal.

Required Courses

  • EDN 500 - Leadership for the 21st Century

    EDN 500 - Leadership for the 21st Century

    3.00 credit hours

    Leadership for the 21st Century emphasizes the development of future school leaders, including the roles of principal, assistant principal, department chair, team leader and student coordinator. EDN 500 is a pre-admission course to either a master's degree in Leadership and Administration for the certification of a future principal/assistant principal or a master's degree in Teacher as Leader in Curriculum and Instruction for the teacher leader who desires a role in leadership from the classroom. Students will examine school culture, standards, organizations and the learning community, and the importance of increasing leadership capacity to achieve success in schools today. The course is designed to foster development and competencies in future leaders regarding decisions they will make about their practice and how those decisions will affect students, teachers and the community. Emphasis is given to the leader's role in building a learning community, the development of human resources, defining school effectiveness, and the process of change. This course introduces the leadership standards as a foundation for the development and assessment of knowledge, dispositions and performance of successful school leaders.

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  • EDN 515 - The Institutional and Political Environment of Schools

    EDN 515 - The Institutional and Political Environment of Schools

    3.00 credit hours

    The governance of schools today is characterized by a fundamental shift in structure, organization and administration. This course will examine these changes and the political, social and business context in which school administrators make decisions. The course will include the historical foundations and evolution of schools as a social institution, as well as the issues that shape policy-making at the local school level.

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  • EDN 522 - Navigating Special Education and School Law

    EDN 522 - Navigating Special Education and School Law

    3.00 credit hours

    This course focuses on an analysis of selected general legal principles, case and statute law and lawmaking agencies that impact schools, educational leaders and subgroups such as English Language Learners and students with disabilities. Federal and state constitutions and statutes, and case law will be related to the responsibilities of teachers, principals, supervisors, central office administrators, superintendents and school board members. Candidates will become familiar with the significant legal issues affecting today's delivery of educational services to all students, including students with disabilities and English Language Learners. Students will become informed about professional codes of ethics, the process and management of litigation, policy development at the district level and constitutional, statutory and regulatory provisions that bear on the operation of a school district.

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  • EDN 534 - Leadership for Supervision and Instruction

    EDN 534 - Leadership for Supervision and Instruction

    3.00 credit hours

    This course is designed to examine the educational leader's role as a facilitator of learning. The primary objective of the course is to explore the broad area of school reform through the lenses of supervision, pedagogy, assessment, standards and dilemmas that reform in these areas can create. There will be an emphasis on the concepts and skills of leadership that are required to enhance and extend student learning, including instructional supervision. The state requirements in teacher and principal supervision will be addressed in this course. Candidates will be required to participate in training by certified staff in accordance with the provisions of Section 24 A-3 of the School Code (105 ILCS 5/24A-3).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDN 536 - School, Home and Community

    EDN 536 - School, Home and Community

    3.00 credit hours

    An interactive, participatory graduate course designed to explore the administrator's role in the school, home and community relationship. Through discussion, interactive exploration, group analysis and networking, the student will experience ways to be an educational leader in this triad. Focus will be on parent and community involvement, communication with stakeholders, school-business partnerships, school board relations and additional areas of interest that involve the community as a key component.

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  • EDN 610 - School Operations and Management

    EDN 610 - School Operations and Management

    3.00 credit hours

    This graduate course is designed to focus on the use of leadership skills in the management function of the school principal. Students will learn about the day-to-day responsibilities as well as the general, longer-term responsibilities of the school principal. Care and maintenance of the school plant, operating the food service program, and the principal's role in transporting students will be studied. Students will study the principal's role in developing and managing a school budget.

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  • EDN 620 - Curriculum and Program Assessment

    EDN 620 - Curriculum and Program Assessment

    3.00 credit hours

    This graduate course is designed to increase the students' understanding of curriculum and program assessment and the use of technology as a tool in pursuit of data driven decision-making. The course will focus on how to develop and assess curriculum and school programs. Students will gain an understanding of data collection and analysis and how to use that information in the decision-making. Using data collected through program assessment, students will learn how to use data to formulate a school improvement plan for the improvement of instruction, learning, and student achievement. Focus on the assessment of programs for English Language Learners, students with disabilities, gifted and struggling learners will be included in this course. Students will learn how technology can be used maximize the use of data in school curriculum and program assessment.

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  • EDN 630 - Schools as Learning Communities

    EDN 630 - Schools as Learning Communities

    3.00 credit hours

    This course is a study of the myriad and complex interactions that take place within a school community. The emphasis is on the school as a learning organization. It examines basis theories, attributes and functions of human organizations, issues related to motivation, the management of group dynamics and human relations, organizational change, and the nature of leadership within the school environment. The course considers the application of organizational theories, notably systems thinking, to central issues in K-12 education.

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  • EDN 690 - The Educational Internship I

    EDN 690 - The Educational Internship I

    3.00 credit hours

    This course that provides extensive opportunities for leadership candidates to experience authentic field experiences and leadership development. During the internship students will be required to complete experiences working with all levels of students Pre K-12, including special education. Three internship projects require students to demonstrate proficiency in understanding and developing a school improvement plan, teacher professional development and evaluation and school-wide management of systems and resources. Each project includes a summative evaluation that will be conducted at the conclusion of each project. During the internship experience students will work in partnership with a North Central College faculty supervisor and a field administrator as a mentor. EDN 690 and EDN 691 are designed to allow students to complete all internship requirements of both courses within 12 months.

    Prerequisite(s)


    1.) 12 credit hours; 2.)  Leadership candidates are required by the State to successfully complete required training required for evaluation under 24A of the School Code [105ILCS 5/Art. 25-A-3] prior to the start of the internship; 3.) Graduate Coordinator Approval. Note:  EDN 690 and 691 can be taken in any order.

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  • EDN 691 - The Educational Leadership Internship II

    EDN 691 - The Educational Leadership Internship II

    3.00 credit hours

    This course provides extensive time and support for students to observe, participate and learn about the role of school administrator. This course has been designed to complement Internship I in providing students an opportunity to hone administrative leadership skills via relevant field experiences while working in partnership with a school administrator and a faculty member. EDN 691 has been designed to help students apply and extend the field experiences of previous courses in the Educational Leadership program to future challenges in educational administration, particularly at the building level. Students will demonstrate the ISLLC Standards for Principals in discussions, field based projects and the refinement of an individual leadership portfolio. Students will identify and select representative artifacts that are aligned with the Standards for Principals as well as the SREB Critical Success Factors for principals. EDN 690 and EDN 691 are designed to allow students to complete all internship requirements of both courses within 12 months.

    Prerequisite(s)


    1.) 12 credit hours; 2.) Leadership candidates are required by the State to successfully complete required training required for evaluation under 24A of the School Code [105ILCS 5/Art. 25-A-3] prior to the start of the internship; 3.) Graduate Coordinator Approval. Note: EDN 690 and 691 can be taken in any order.

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    • MLS Course: See Course Descriptions for choices
Capstone

One of the following:

  • EDN 695 - Master's Project

    EDN 695 - Master's Project

    3.00 credit hours

    This course serves as the capstone course of the Educational Leadership Program. It will require the analysis, synthesis and application of all learning and coursework in the program, as well as the graduate's own experiential knowledge to frame the educational issues and provide varied approaches to address those encountered by school administrators. The student will provide as a culminating requirement a leadership platform paper and a standards-based portfolio as evidence of leadership knowledge, dispositions and performance. This course is an alternative to EDN 696 and may serve as the final course in the program.

    Prerequisite(s)


    30 credit hours, the MALS course is not required prior to the Capstone.

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  • EDN 696 - The Educational Leader

    EDN 696 - The Educational Leader

    3.00 credit hours

    This course serves as the capstone course of the Educational Leadership Program. It will require the analysis, synthesis, and application of all learning and coursework in the program, as well as the graduate's own experiential knowledge to frame the educational issues and provide varied approaches to address those encountered by school administrators. The student will provide as a culminating requirement a leadership platform paper and a standards-based portfolio as evidence of leadership knowledge, dispositions and performance. This is the final course for the Leadership and Administration program. Instructor permission required if this is not the last course in the program.

    Prerequisite(s)


    30 credit hours. The MALS course is not required prior to the Capstone.

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Liberal Studies (MLS) Electives

The Liberal Studies courses provide students with a broad, integrative and interdisciplinary vision of the most important issues of modern culture. See the Master of Liberal Studies course catalog for MLS course descriptions. 

Winter 2018 Course Schedule Day Time
EDN 515 Tuesdays 5:00-9:00pm
EDN 522 Wednesdays 5:00-9:00pm
EDN 534 Thursdays 5:00-9:00pm
EDN 691 Mondays 5:00-9:00pm
Spring 2018 Course Schedule Day Time
EDN 500 Tuesdays 5:00-9:00pm
EDN 510 Tuesdays 5:00-9:00pm
EDN 620 Tuesdays 5:00-9:00pm
EDN 630 Tuesdays 5:00-9:00pm
EDN 696 Wednesdays 5:00-9:00pm

Curriculum and Instruction, MA-Ed

The Curriculum and Instruction Master's program provides teacher leaders with a contemporary focus on learning, leadership and opportunities for in-depth professional development to improve learning for teachers and students. Master's candidates in the program will complete six required core courses in curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis on teacher leadership in the school environment. Students will choose 12 hours from one of the elective strands: Curriculum and Instruction, English Language Learner, Leadership and Administration and Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS1). Candidates in the program may also choose a generalist approach and select 12 hours from any of the elective strands.

These strands are intended to maximize the candidate's potential to continue studies for endorsements and certification beyond completion of the Master's program. The Leadership and Administration strand can provide eligibility for the Teacher Leader Endorsement; coursework in that strand also can apply towards the Educational Leadership and Administration, MA-Ed, which provides eligibility for the principal endorsement. The LBS1 strand can apply towards a Learning and Behavioral certification.

The program is based on the Teacher leader Model Standards and also aligned to the Danielson Framework. It requires that each candidate in the program develop a standards-based portfolio that reflects the growth and development of teacher leadership in curriculum and instruction as well as devise a culminating conceptual framework portfolio, which is a component of the program's capstone course. Teacher Leader I (EDN 503) is designed as the entry point for the program and Teacher Leader (EDN 697)as the capstone course. The first six classes must include: EDN 501 and EDN 510.

Degree Requirements

A total of 33 credit hours required: 18 credit hours of core courses, 12 credit hours of elective courses (which will meet specific needs in their discipline) and one Liberal Studies elective.

Core Courses

  • EDN 501 - Assessment Strategies for the Classroom

    EDN 501 - Assessment Strategies for the Classroom

    3.00 credit hours

    This course is designed to foster the essential link between learning and assessment. Emerging theory on performance-based assessment, brain research and curriculum-aligned assessment will be explored to better understand the fundamental nature of assessment. Students will be engaged in a systematic study of different methods of performance-based assessment. Teachers as leaders will examine ways to implement effective assessment practices throughout the school community.

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  • EDN 503 - Teacher as Leader

    EDN 503 - Teacher as Leader

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the complex issues and challenges of school as a professional community. Each teacher leader will identify the potential for building individual and/or organizational leadership capacity in order to maximize learning and continuous school improvement. The challenge of current education, issues, school ethics and the ability to implement change to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners will be addressed in this course. Teacher leaders will reflect on their own knowledge and skills to learn, lead and contribute to the learning culture of the school community.

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  • EDN 510 - The Classroom as a Learning Environment

    EDN 510 - The Classroom as a Learning Environment

    3.00 credit hours

    This course will address all aspects of the classroom learning environment, including the physical, behavioral, social and psychological influences, as well as the instructional implications for fostering a community of learners and improved student learning. Principles of effective management, classroom organization, planning and instructional grouping strategies will be emphasized. Students will examine effective communication techniques for fostering positive relationships with and among students, parents and other school personnel. Students will plan for ways to enhance their own approach in the classroom, as well as strategies for assisting colleagues.

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  • EDN 533 - Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction

    EDN 533 - Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction

    3.00 credit hours

    This course focuses on the development of a basic understanding of the philosophical basis of various curriculum models. It will also focus on the processes of curriculum planning, development and evaluation. The principal goal is to facilitate the student's ability to recognize the relationships among the philosophical bases, curriculum and teaching and learning. The student will become acquainted with the underlying principles, effective practices and techniques appropriate for overall curriculum planning.

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  • EDN 600 - Teaching Diverse Students

    EDN 600 - Teaching Diverse Students

    3.00 credit hours

    The aim of this course is to examine what it means to teach in an educational organization within a multicultural society. Specific focus will be on cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds, teacher awareness of and expanded meaning of culturally responsive pedagogy and examination of the school/classroom environment that leads to increased learning of all students. .

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  • EDN 697 - Teacher as Leader II: The Capstone Experience

    EDN 697 - Teacher as Leader II: The Capstone Experience

    3.00 credit hours

    This course serves as the capstone course in the Master's Program in Curriculum and Instruction requiring the analysis and synthesis of all learning and coursework in the program. Collaborative field applications will occur to deepen the understanding of professional development as a critical component of effective learning communities. Teacher leaders will present a culminating and comprehensive professional portfolio of learning and leadership evidence reflective of the standards and field applications. This is the final course for the Teacher as Leader in Curriculum and Instruction program. Instructor permission required if less than 27 credits have been completed entering EDN 697.

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Elective Strands

Curriculum and Instruction
  • EDN 502 - Curriculum and Instructional Innovations

    EDN 502 - Curriculum and Instructional Innovations

    3.00 credit hours

    This course will familiarize participants with the rationale for integrated instructional design which successfully incorporates the use of learning styles, backward planning, higher-level thinking and cooperative learning. In order to provide relevance and application to the course, students will design an interdisciplinary curricular inquiry project which 1) integrates technology and the skills necessary for the 21st century and 2) accommodates a full range of student diversity. Response to Intervention (Rtl) and its impact on making curricular decisions will also be examined.

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  • EDN 692 - Special Topics (can be taken more than once with different topics)

    EDN 692 - Special Topics

    3.00 credit hours

    Topics will vary depending on faculty and student interests. Topics and prerequisites will be announced in advance. May be taken more than once with different content.

    Prerequisite(s)


    None.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • EDN elective
    • EDN elective
English Language Learner

Four of the following:

  • EDN 580 - Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL/Bilingual Students

    EDN 580 - Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL/Bilingual Students

    3.00 credit hours

    This course guides students to develop a critical approach to the theoretical foundations of ESL and bilingual education, through an in-depth examination of academic literature on the historical, philosophical, political, social and educational models that have shaped education in the United States. Second and multilingual acquisition theory is the focus of the course, in which students develop bibliographical research to culminate in an individualized research project.

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  • EDN 582 - Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching English Language Learners

    EDN 582 - Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching English Language Learners

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduces students to the most recent theoretical perspectives that examine how cross-linguistic and cross-cultural factors influence ELL settings. Review of academic literature and bibliographical research on these topics equip students for the required clinical experience and for success in the field.

    Prerequisite(s)


    EDN 580.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDN 583 - Methods and Materials for Teaching English Language Learners in ESL/Bilingual Programs

    EDN 583 - Methods and Materials for Teaching English Language Learners in ESL/Bilingual Programs

    3.00 credit hours

    Focuses on methods, approaches and materials used in teaching students for whom English is a second language. Methods of teaching different language skills as well as theories and practices to differentiate instruction to respond to K-12 English language learners' needs are emphasized. Students are engaged in developing, implementing and evaluating lessons and materials for ELLS. Students read and discuss research and literature on best practices for ELLs. This course requires 50 hours of field experience.

    Prerequisite(s)


    EDN 580.

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  • EDN 585 - Assessment of the ESL/Bilingual Students

    EDN 585 - Assessment of the ESL/Bilingual Students

    3.00 credit hours

    Provides a comprehensive understanding of using assessment data to make informed decisions for the education of English language learners (ELLs). Students are made aware of critical issues related to the assessment of culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Students develop the ability to select, construct, administer, interpret and communicate the results of measurement instruments appropriate for ELLs, based on best practices in research professional literature. Students investigate a variety of formal and informal assessment tools to determine and monitor ELLs' English proficiency in academic settings. Students are also involved in diagnosing and providing effective instructions to meet the needs of ELLs. This course requires 50 hours of field experience.

    Prerequisite(s)


    EDN 580.

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  • EDN 586 - Language and Linguistics

    EDN 586 - Language and Linguistics

    3.00 credit hours

    Applies the skills and theory of linguistics to teaching English Language Learners. Students learn English phonology, morphology, syntax, analysis and the application of linguistic theory. In addition, students learn the theories and practices involving first and second language acquisition.

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Leadership and Administration
  • EDN 500 - Leadership for the 21st Century *

    EDN 500 - Leadership for the 21st Century

    3.00 credit hours

    Leadership for the 21st Century emphasizes the development of future school leaders, including the roles of principal, assistant principal, department chair, team leader and student coordinator. EDN 500 is a pre-admission course to either a master's degree in Leadership and Administration for the certification of a future principal/assistant principal or a master's degree in Teacher as Leader in Curriculum and Instruction for the teacher leader who desires a role in leadership from the classroom. Students will examine school culture, standards, organizations and the learning community, and the importance of increasing leadership capacity to achieve success in schools today. The course is designed to foster development and competencies in future leaders regarding decisions they will make about their practice and how those decisions will affect students, teachers and the community. Emphasis is given to the leader's role in building a learning community, the development of human resources, defining school effectiveness, and the process of change. This course introduces the leadership standards as a foundation for the development and assessment of knowledge, dispositions and performance of successful school leaders.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDN 534 - Leadership for Supervision and Instruction *

    EDN 534 - Leadership for Supervision and Instruction

    3.00 credit hours

    This course is designed to examine the educational leader's role as a facilitator of learning. The primary objective of the course is to explore the broad area of school reform through the lenses of supervision, pedagogy, assessment, standards and dilemmas that reform in these areas can create. There will be an emphasis on the concepts and skills of leadership that are required to enhance and extend student learning, including instructional supervision. The state requirements in teacher and principal supervision will be addressed in this course. Candidates will be required to participate in training by certified staff in accordance with the provisions of Section 24 A-3 of the School Code (105 ILCS 5/24A-3).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDN 536 - School, Home and Community *

    EDN 536 - School, Home and Community

    3.00 credit hours

    An interactive, participatory graduate course designed to explore the administrator's role in the school, home and community relationship. Through discussion, interactive exploration, group analysis and networking, the student will experience ways to be an educational leader in this triad. Focus will be on parent and community involvement, communication with stakeholders, school-business partnerships, school board relations and additional areas of interest that involve the community as a key component.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDN 630 - Schools as Learning Communities *

    EDN 630 - Schools as Learning Communities

    3.00 credit hours

    This course is a study of the myriad and complex interactions that take place within a school community. The emphasis is on the school as a learning organization. It examines basis theories, attributes and functions of human organizations, issues related to motivation, the management of group dynamics and human relations, organizational change, and the nature of leadership within the school environment. The course considers the application of organizational theories, notably systems thinking, to central issues in K-12 education.

    Schedule Of Classes

Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS1) Strand
  • EDN 530 - Characteristics of Students with High Incidence Disabilities

    EDN 530 - Characteristics of Students with High Incidence Disabilities

    3.00 credit hours

    Examines the identifying characteristics of students with mild to moderate disabilities (learning disabilities, communication disorders, emotional and behavioral disabilities, cognitive disabilities, autism, ADHD) as defined under the federal Individual with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act. The Response-to-Intervention (RtI) process is studied along with the definitions of the different disabilities and incidence rates. Students may not receive credit for both EDN 430 and EDN 530.

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  • EDN 532 - Methods of Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities

    EDN 532 - Methods of Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities

    3.00 credit hours

    Effective instructional methods, strategies, accomodations and modifications, in multiple content areas, as they relate to teaching K-12 students with high incidence disabilities in inclusive settings. Strategies to collaborate with colleagues and with parents/families of students with disabilities are also covered, including co-teaching, family-educator conferences and working effectively with paraprofessionals. Students may not receive credit for both EDN 432 and EDN 532.

    Prerequisite(s)


    EDN 530.

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  • EDN 538 - Psychological Diagnosis of Educational Assessment of Children with Special Learning Needs

    EDN 538 - Psychological Diagnosis of Educational Assessment of Children with Special Learning Needs

    3.00 credit hours

    Prepares students in the field of education with knowledge, skills and experience related to: 1) diagnostic and educational assessment instruments and methods; 2) administration and scoring of diagnostic and educational assessments; 3) interpretation of assessment results; 4) data-based decision making regarding placement, instructional planning and evaluation of students with disabilities; and 5) communication of diagnostic and educational assessment results to colleagues and parents. Students may not receive credit for both EDN 434 and EDN 538.

    Prerequisite(s)


    EDN 530.

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    • EDN elective

Liberal Studies Elective

One of the following:

  • MLD 558 - Conflict Resolution

    MLD 558 - Conflict Resolution

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the prevailing theories and methods of conflict resolution from a variety of perspectives and in a number of settings—including interpersonal, business, cross-cultural and international. Special attention is given to developing facilitative communication and negotiation skills.

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  • MLS 506 - Ethics in Contexts

    MLS 506 - Ethics in Contexts

    3.00 credit hours

    A survey of normative theories of ethics (consequential, deontological, virtue and justice based), and their application to personal moral decision making and contemporary issues in public and professional contexts. Topics include: ethical pluralism, identifying ethical aspects of public policy and organizational issues and analysis of potential conflicts between civic, professional, religious and personal morality.

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  • MLS 518 - Gender and Art

    MLS 518 - Gender and Art

    3.00 credit hours

    The study and critique of feminist strategies for analyzing art and culture. The course explores how women have portrayed their experience in literature and the visual arts in comparison to how men have traditionally depicted their experience.

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  • MLS 530 - The City

    MLS 530 - The City

    3.00 credit hours

    A comparative study of urban development and the nature and growth of urban populations in various parts of the world. The course also explores various images, theories and attitudes toward the city, and how these are related to ways we perceive the social problems arising with urban growth and propose solutions to them.

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  • MLS 534 - Gender in Public Life and the Professions: Literature, Theory and Practice

    MLS 534 - Gender in Public Life and the Professions: Literature, Theory and Practice

    3.00 credit hours

    Through a consideration of literature, theory and practice, this course will examine constructions of gender as they impact such issues as community, problem solving, leadership and organizational structure within a national and global setting. Literary texts will be read in conjunction with interdisciplinary readings drawn from such fields as the arts, business, education, law, medicine, communication, technology and social sciences.

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  • MLS 538 - Sport in a Multicultural World

    MLS 538 - Sport in a Multicultural World

    3.00 credit hours

    This course explores the function of sport in American society as utilized by various constituencies. It assumes an interdisciplinary format that draws from historical, sociological, anthropological and literary texts, as well as film analysis. Reading and class discussions will analyze the role of sport in the construction of culture, the nature of cultural change over time and the various meanings of sport among sub-cultures. Ethical questions, such as the role of sport in establishing, reinforcing or resisting dominant social values will be considered. This course aims to improve critical thinking and analytical skills by learning and applying theoretical frameworks. Students should develop a historical perspective on the construction of culture, and particularly, on the uses of sport in that process. Students should also gain an appreciation and respect for alternative cultures.

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  • MLS 550 - Ethics and Imagination

    MLS 550 - Ethics and Imagination

    3.00 credit hours

    A thematic introduction to roles played by the imagination in developing, sustaining and transforming morality. The course will approach critical thinking about the moral life from the dual perspectives of ethics and of arts such as literature, painting and film.

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  • MLS 562 - The U.S. Healthcare System and Patient Advocacy

    MLS 562 - The U.S. Healthcare System and Patient Advocacy

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the various components of the U.S. healthcare system, both public and private, emphasizing the ways that healthcare in the United States is organized, delivered and financed. Special attention will be paid to moral issues as they relate to the healthcare system and to the practical implications of this discussion in advocating for patients and their families.

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  • MLS 564 - Ethics, Political Interest Groups and the Political Process

    MLS 564 - Ethics, Political Interest Groups and the Political Process

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the rise of interest groups and their enormous effects on the American political system. The course explores the workings of various groups related to how they target potential members, lobby Congress and other governmental bodies and conduct campaigns to advance their interests. The ethical dilemmas of such activities, including the often corrosive effect of money and the often uneasy relationship of interest group activity and federal regulations, will also be a major concern.

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  • MLS 570 - Critical Thinking

    MLS 570 - Critical Thinking

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of various perspectives concerning critical thinking. In particular, the course will explore various relationships between creative and critical thinking with specific attention to what such relationships mean for the pursuit of truth, the development of writers and the methods teachers and others who lead can use to enhance critical and creative thinking in others.

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  • MLS 610 - From Certainty to Chaos

    MLS 610 - From Certainty to Chaos

    3.00 credit hours

    This course begins with Isaac Newton, whose brilliant ideas led scientists and philosophers to envision a time when all facts about the universe would be known and precisely based on mathematical knowledge. It then investigates how continuing work in theoretical mathematics, logic, computability and the new theory of chaos has seriously questioned this vision and placed severe limits on how broad and precise human knowledge can get.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MLS 510 recommended.

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  • MLS 612 - Changing Concepts of the Earth and Its Life

    MLS 612 - Changing Concepts of the Earth and Its Life

    3.00 credit hours

    An investigation of the history of geology and evolutionary biology. The course begins with Darwin's theory of adaptive evolution under uniform and regular geological conditions and ends with Gould's theory of punctuated equilibrium acting under cyclically catastrophic geological conditions. The effects of an increasingly contingent view of our origin as a species will also be investigated.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MLS 510; MLS 610 recommended.

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  • MLS 632 - Race, Ethnicity and the American Experience

    MLS 632 - Race, Ethnicity and the American Experience

    3.00 credit hours

    An analysis of how race, ethnicity and concepts about these have shaped the American experience. Focusing on selected groups from both minority populations and the "white" majority population, students will study how these groups have sought to define themselves against the larger backdrop of American culture and society. Social, historical and economic perspectives will be considered and supplemented by literature and analytical methods drawn from contemporary critical theory.

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  • MLS 634 - The "Third World"

    MLS 634 - The "Third World"

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of literature, culture, politics and psychology aimed at understanding both the so-called "Third World's" struggle for identity, as well as ways the West has imposed its political and cultural constructs upon this world.

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  • MLS 648 - Social Consequences of New Media

    MLS 648 - Social Consequences of New Media

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the confluence of "new media" technology and its implications for profound social change, impacting everything from the way we raise our children to the way we conduct war. This course explores both the beneficial and detrimental aspects of new media, focusing especially on solutions to probable detrimental effects before long term trends set in.

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English Language Learner Endorsement

Learn how to better meet the needs of your students who do not have English as their primary language. The endorsement is applicable to the grade levels of one’s existing teaching license. 

The endorsement is 18 credit hours. With an additional 15 credit hours, students can earn a Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction.

English Language Learner Endorsement

Leads to eligibility for the State of Illinois ESL endorsement. Requires previous State of Illinois teacher licensure.

Program Requirements

  • EDN 580 - Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL/Bilingual Students

    EDN 580 - Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL/Bilingual Students

    3.00 credit hours

    This course guides students to develop a critical approach to the theoretical foundations of ESL and bilingual education, through an in-depth examination of academic literature on the historical, philosophical, political, social and educational models that have shaped education in the United States. Second and multilingual acquisition theory is the focus of the course, in which students develop bibliographical research to culminate in an individualized research project.

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  • EDN 582 - Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching English Language Learners

    EDN 582 - Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching English Language Learners

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduces students to the most recent theoretical perspectives that examine how cross-linguistic and cross-cultural factors influence ELL settings. Review of academic literature and bibliographical research on these topics equip students for the required clinical experience and for success in the field.

    Prerequisite(s)


    EDN 580.

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  • EDN 583 - Methods and Materials for Teaching English Language Learners in ESL/Bilingual Programs

    EDN 583 - Methods and Materials for Teaching English Language Learners in ESL/Bilingual Programs

    3.00 credit hours

    Focuses on methods, approaches and materials used in teaching students for whom English is a second language. Methods of teaching different language skills as well as theories and practices to differentiate instruction to respond to K-12 English language learners' needs are emphasized. Students are engaged in developing, implementing and evaluating lessons and materials for ELLS. Students read and discuss research and literature on best practices for ELLs. This course requires 50 hours of field experience.

    Prerequisite(s)


    EDN 580.

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  • EDN 585 - Assessment of the ESL/Bilingual Students

    EDN 585 - Assessment of the ESL/Bilingual Students

    3.00 credit hours

    Provides a comprehensive understanding of using assessment data to make informed decisions for the education of English language learners (ELLs). Students are made aware of critical issues related to the assessment of culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Students develop the ability to select, construct, administer, interpret and communicate the results of measurement instruments appropriate for ELLs, based on best practices in research professional literature. Students investigate a variety of formal and informal assessment tools to determine and monitor ELLs' English proficiency in academic settings. Students are also involved in diagnosing and providing effective instructions to meet the needs of ELLs. This course requires 50 hours of field experience.

    Prerequisite(s)


    EDN 580.

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  • EDN 586 - Language and Linguistics

    EDN 586 - Language and Linguistics

    3.00 credit hours

    Applies the skills and theory of linguistics to teaching English Language Learners. Students learn English phonology, morphology, syntax, analysis and the application of linguistic theory. In addition, students learn the theories and practices involving first and second language acquisition.

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  • EDN 600 - Teaching Diverse Students

    EDN 600 - Teaching Diverse Students

    3.00 credit hours

    The aim of this course is to examine what it means to teach in an educational organization within a multicultural society. Specific focus will be on cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds, teacher awareness of and expanded meaning of culturally responsive pedagogy and examination of the school/classroom environment that leads to increased learning of all students. .

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Winter 2018 Course Schedule Day Time
EDN 503 Mondays 5:00-9:00pm
EDN 580 Online
Spring 2018 Course Schedule Day Time
EDN 510 (master's only) Thursdays 5:00-9:00pm
EDN 533 (masters's only) Tuesdays 5:00-9:00pm
EDN 582 Online
EDN 696 (master's only) Wednesdays 5:00-9:00pm

Learning Behavior Specialist I Endorsement

Work with students who have exceptional learning needs within the LBS1 spectrum. The endorsement will be applicable to the grade levels of one’s existing teaching license. 

The LBS1 endorsement is 9 credit hours; with an additional 24 credit hours, students can also earn a Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction.

Program Outcomes

  • Explore the latest research on learning techniques and linked assessments
  • Implement adaptations to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners
  • Foster positive relationships with and among students, parents, and community
  • Enhance responsive pedagogical approaches 
  • Develop responsive learning environments and school cultures

Learning Behavior Specialist Endorsement

Leads to eligibility for the State of Illinois LBS1 endorsement. Requires previous State of Illinois teacher licensure.

Program Requirements

  • EDN 530 - Characteristics of Students with High Incidence Disabilities

    EDN 530 - Characteristics of Students with High Incidence Disabilities

    3.00 credit hours

    Examines the identifying characteristics of students with mild to moderate disabilities (learning disabilities, communication disorders, emotional and behavioral disabilities, cognitive disabilities, autism, ADHD) as defined under the federal Individual with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act. The Response-to-Intervention (RtI) process is studied along with the definitions of the different disabilities and incidence rates. Students may not receive credit for both EDN 430 and EDN 530.

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  • EDN 532 - Methods of Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities

    EDN 532 - Methods of Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities

    3.00 credit hours

    Effective instructional methods, strategies, accomodations and modifications, in multiple content areas, as they relate to teaching K-12 students with high incidence disabilities in inclusive settings. Strategies to collaborate with colleagues and with parents/families of students with disabilities are also covered, including co-teaching, family-educator conferences and working effectively with paraprofessionals. Students may not receive credit for both EDN 432 and EDN 532.

    Prerequisite(s)


    EDN 530.

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  • EDN 538 - Psychological Diagnosis of Educational Assessment of Children with Special Learning Needs

    EDN 538 - Psychological Diagnosis of Educational Assessment of Children with Special Learning Needs

    3.00 credit hours

    Prepares students in the field of education with knowledge, skills and experience related to: 1) diagnostic and educational assessment instruments and methods; 2) administration and scoring of diagnostic and educational assessments; 3) interpretation of assessment results; 4) data-based decision making regarding placement, instructional planning and evaluation of students with disabilities; and 5) communication of diagnostic and educational assessment results to colleagues and parents. Students may not receive credit for both EDN 434 and EDN 538.

    Prerequisite(s)


    EDN 530.

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Winter 2018 Course Schedule Day Time
EDN 503 (master's only) Mondays 5:00-9:00pm
EDN 530 Wednesdays 5:00-9:00pm
EDN 538 Tuesdays 5:00-9:00pm
Spring 2018 Course Schedule Day Time
EDN 500 (master's only) Tuesdays 5:00-9:00pm
EDN 510 (master's only) Thursdays 5:00-9:00pm
EDN 532 Tuesdays 5:00-9:00pm
EDN 533 (master's only) Tuesdays 5:00-9:00pm
edn 697 (master's only) Wednesdays 5:00-9:00pm

Teacher Leader Endorsement

If you are ready to spark school-wide success, you can build your skills through North Central College’s Teacher Leader program. The program emphasizes applications to your own teaching setting, so course assignments and investigations positively impact the learning environment of your current school. 

  • You can earn a Masters in Curriculum and Instructions with a Teacher Leader endorsement (33 credits)
  • Or, if you hold a prior masters degree in education, you can choose to pursue the Teacher Leader endorsement only (24 credits).

A prior teaching license is required for admission to this program.

Program Outcomes

  • Explore the latest research on learning techniques and linked assessments
  • Implement adaptations to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners
  • Foster positive relationships with and among students, parents, and community
  • Enhance culturally responsive pedagogy 
  • Develop increased culture-building skills and foster responsive learning environments

State Teacher Leadership Endorsement

Teachers interested in pursuing an intermediate leadership position, rather than principal or assistant principal, may complete the following courses as part of the Master of Arts in Education Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher Leader Track, or if a student has previously obtained a Master's in Education, the candidate may complete these courses to be eligible for the State of Illinois Teacher Leader certificate endorsement. Requires previous State of Illinois teacher licensure.

Program Requirements

  • EDN 500 - Leadership for the 21st Century

    EDN 500 - Leadership for the 21st Century

    3.00 credit hours

    Leadership for the 21st Century emphasizes the development of future school leaders, including the roles of principal, assistant principal, department chair, team leader and student coordinator. EDN 500 is a pre-admission course to either a master's degree in Leadership and Administration for the certification of a future principal/assistant principal or a master's degree in Teacher as Leader in Curriculum and Instruction for the teacher leader who desires a role in leadership from the classroom. Students will examine school culture, standards, organizations and the learning community, and the importance of increasing leadership capacity to achieve success in schools today. The course is designed to foster development and competencies in future leaders regarding decisions they will make about their practice and how those decisions will affect students, teachers and the community. Emphasis is given to the leader's role in building a learning community, the development of human resources, defining school effectiveness, and the process of change. This course introduces the leadership standards as a foundation for the development and assessment of knowledge, dispositions and performance of successful school leaders.

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  • EDN 501 - Assessment Strategies for the Classroom

    EDN 501 - Assessment Strategies for the Classroom

    3.00 credit hours

    This course is designed to foster the essential link between learning and assessment. Emerging theory on performance-based assessment, brain research and curriculum-aligned assessment will be explored to better understand the fundamental nature of assessment. Students will be engaged in a systematic study of different methods of performance-based assessment. Teachers as leaders will examine ways to implement effective assessment practices throughout the school community.

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  • EDN 503 - Teacher as Leader

    EDN 503 - Teacher as Leader

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the complex issues and challenges of school as a professional community. Each teacher leader will identify the potential for building individual and/or organizational leadership capacity in order to maximize learning and continuous school improvement. The challenge of current education, issues, school ethics and the ability to implement change to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners will be addressed in this course. Teacher leaders will reflect on their own knowledge and skills to learn, lead and contribute to the learning culture of the school community.

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  • EDN 534 - Leadership for Supervision and Instruction

    EDN 534 - Leadership for Supervision and Instruction

    3.00 credit hours

    This course is designed to examine the educational leader's role as a facilitator of learning. The primary objective of the course is to explore the broad area of school reform through the lenses of supervision, pedagogy, assessment, standards and dilemmas that reform in these areas can create. There will be an emphasis on the concepts and skills of leadership that are required to enhance and extend student learning, including instructional supervision. The state requirements in teacher and principal supervision will be addressed in this course. Candidates will be required to participate in training by certified staff in accordance with the provisions of Section 24 A-3 of the School Code (105 ILCS 5/24A-3).

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  • EDN 536 - School, Home and Community

    EDN 536 - School, Home and Community

    3.00 credit hours

    An interactive, participatory graduate course designed to explore the administrator's role in the school, home and community relationship. Through discussion, interactive exploration, group analysis and networking, the student will experience ways to be an educational leader in this triad. Focus will be on parent and community involvement, communication with stakeholders, school-business partnerships, school board relations and additional areas of interest that involve the community as a key component.

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  • EDN 600 - Teaching Diverse Students

    EDN 600 - Teaching Diverse Students

    3.00 credit hours

    The aim of this course is to examine what it means to teach in an educational organization within a multicultural society. Specific focus will be on cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds, teacher awareness of and expanded meaning of culturally responsive pedagogy and examination of the school/classroom environment that leads to increased learning of all students. .

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  • EDN 630 - Schools as Learning Communities

    EDN 630 - Schools as Learning Communities

    3.00 credit hours

    This course is a study of the myriad and complex interactions that take place within a school community. The emphasis is on the school as a learning organization. It examines basis theories, attributes and functions of human organizations, issues related to motivation, the management of group dynamics and human relations, organizational change, and the nature of leadership within the school environment. The course considers the application of organizational theories, notably systems thinking, to central issues in K-12 education.

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  • EDN 697 - Teacher as Leader II: The Capstone Experience

    EDN 697 - Teacher as Leader II: The Capstone Experience

    3.00 credit hours

    This course serves as the capstone course in the Master's Program in Curriculum and Instruction requiring the analysis and synthesis of all learning and coursework in the program. Collaborative field applications will occur to deepen the understanding of professional development as a critical component of effective learning communities. Teacher leaders will present a culminating and comprehensive professional portfolio of learning and leadership evidence reflective of the standards and field applications. This is the final course for the Teacher as Leader in Curriculum and Instruction program. Instructor permission required if less than 27 credits have been completed entering EDN 697.

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Note:

The following courses can also apply towards the Educational Leadership and Administration, MA-Ed, which results in a principal endorsement: EDN 500, EDN 534, EDN 536 and EDN 630.

Winter 2018 Course Schedule Day Time
EDN 503 Mondays 5:00-9:00pm
EDN 534 Thursdays 5:00-9:00pm
Spring 2018 Course Schedule Day Time
EDN 500 Tuesdays 5:00-9:00pm
EDN 510 (Masters only) Thursdays 5:00-9:00pm
EDN 533 (Master's only) Tuesdays 5:00-9:00pm
EDN 630 Tuesdays 5:00-9:00pm
EDN 697 Wednesdays 5:00-9:00pm
Bruce Spitzer

Professor of Education; Chairperson, Department of Education
EDN
(630) 637-5738
Kathy W. Black

Assistant Professor of Education; Coordinator of Master of Arts Program in Education
EDN
630-637-5741
Kathleen King

Assistant Professor of Education; Education Graduate Placement Coordinator
EDN
630-637-5107

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