Program Requirements — Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with Bilingual/ESL Education

The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (M.A.C.I.) with Bilingual/ESL Education provides a program of selected graduate studies geared toward excellence in teaching while meeting state requirements in the field of Bilingual/ESL education.  Thirty-six (36) semester hours are required to complete this masters program.  Eighteen (18) of these semester hours are focused on curriculum and instruction. The other eighteen (18) semester hours are focused on second language acquisition and the education of English Language Learners. The Bilingual/ESL coursework includes 100 clinical hours required for the endorsements. Students can start with the Bilingual/ESL strand of courses, followed by the Curriculum and Instruction strand, or vice versa. 

The College of Education Graduate Faculty Committee may accept a maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit from regionally accredited institutions of higher learning for application toward elective-degree requirements. Transfer credit must be accepted prior to enrollment in the first course of the program. Graduate faculty reserve the right to decide on the applicability of any and all transfer credit.

Students requesting transfer credits must submit a "Request for Transfer Credit" form with their admission application. All courses must be less than five years old at the time of admission and must be completed with a grade of "B" or better. An official transcript must be provided. It is university policy that no more than six (6) semester hours taken as a "student-at-large" may be applied toward a graduate-degree program.

Required Courses in Curriculum and Instruction: 18 semester hours

EDU6030 The Individual, Cognition and Learning (3)
EDU6040 The Learning Environment (3)
EDU6050 Technology in the School of the Future (3)
EDU6060 Scholarship Applied to Teaching (3)
EDU6070 Introduction to Action Research (3)
EDU6630 Curriculum Development and Evaluation (3)

Required Courses in Bilingual/ESL Education:  18 semester hours

EDU6110 Foundations for Language Minority Education (3)
EDU6120 Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL (3)
EDU6130 Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching ELLs (3)
EDU6140 Assessment of Bilingual Students (3)
EDU6150 Linguistics for Teaching English Language Learners (3)
EDU6170 Methods and Materials for Teaching ELLs in Bilingual Programs (3)

Note: Those earning a Bilingual Endorsement must pass a language proficiency test in the target language. The test is administered by the Illinois Certification Testing System (ICTS) and required by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).