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Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Department of Counselor Education offers a 60 credit hour program leading to the Master of Arts in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling fulfills the educational requirements for the two levels of licensure as professional counselors in the State of Illinois: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

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Master of Arts in Family Counseling

The Department of Counselor Education offers a 60 hour program (20 courses) leading to the Master of Arts in Family Counseling. The program leads to licensure in Illinois for LCPC and LMFT. Family counselors work with individuals, families, and couples. Family counselors treat a variety of problems such as marital problems, individual problems, child-parent problems, and problems such as depression and anxiety. Family counselors look at the impact that a family can have on an individual, and may look to the family as part of a treatment plan.

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Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling

The Department of Counselor Education Rehabilitation Counseling program is committed to improving the lives of persons with disabilities by providing qualified (CRC-eligible) professional rehabilitation counselors trained in the current best practices of rehabilitation services to work in public and private agencies serving a diverse state and nation.

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Master of Arts in School Counseling

The Department of Counselor Education offers two program options leading to the Master of Arts in Counseling: School Counseling: (1) a 48 credit hour program (16 courses) for licensed teachers and (2) a 60 credit hour program (20 courses) for individuals without a teacher license. The School Counseling program prepares one for employment as a school counselor in elementary, middle, and high schools. Graduates of the School Counseling program meet the educational requirements for the Illinois Professional Educator License as a School Counselor. Also, graduates can meet the educational requirements to be licensed as a professional counselor in Illinois (LPC/LCPC). Counselor Education also offers an endorsement only option leading to licensure as a school counselor for individuals with an advanced degree in counseling or related fields.

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Master of Science in Exercise Science

The overall mission of the M.S. in Exercise Science program is to promote fitness and optimal health through teaching, research, and service. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills for advanced study or careers in exercise and health-related fields. Our graduates understand and can explain the integrative roles of anatomy, biomechanics, biochemistry, physiology, cell biology, metabolic biochemistry, motor learning, and biopsychology of behavior, that underlie effective lifestyle programming for improved health, fitness, and performance.

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Master of Arts in Gifted Education

The Department of Special Education offers the Master of Arts in Gifted Education to address the needs of gifted and talented learners. This advanced degree is designed for candidates who are interested in advanced preparation supporting, teaching, and guiding gifted children and their families. Coursework includes a solid foundation in the nature of giftedness, identification of the gifted, program planning, gifted curriculum, differentiated educational strategies, and program evaluation.

Credit hours required: 30

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Master of Arts in Human Resource Development

The HRD master's program prepares professionals who will be responsible for the training, education, development, and performance improvement of adults in businesses and organizations in all areas including: business, health care, human service, non-profit, and governmental agencies. The program has been developed especially for those wishing to move into HRD field as well as current practitioners desiring more formal training.

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Master of Arts in Inner City Studies Education

The Inner City Studies Education graduate program places intense emphasis on the scholar/activist tradition in preparing those who work and live in the inner city to understand and act upon the interests of residents of the inner city and to participate in the richness, specifically, of the African American communities. The graduate program places in-depth examination and analysis of the multiplicity of research issues, problems, assumptions, and questions about inner city communities from an African-centered perspective. The approach and Discipline encompasses a research methodology and worldview, which ultimately achieves different results when applied to present day inner city populations. The aim of this research approach is to forge new understandings of human relationships in inner city communities in the Chicago metropolitan area and worldwide.

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Master of Science in Instruction: Elementary Bilingual/Bicultural Education

The current Master of Science in Instruction: Elementary Bilingual/Bicultural Education Program is designed to offer professional development to classroom teachers who are interested in updating and refining their teaching competencies in the area of Bilingual/Bicultural at the elementary level.*

*Please note that the current Master of Science in Instruction - Elementary Bilingual/Bicultural Education is under revision. The new program, Master of Science in Teaching and Inquiry-Elementary and Bilingual/Bicultural Education will have a pre-set course sequence that will be 5 terms in length requiring completion of 31 credit hours. Each term students take one required ?core? course and one elective course from an extensive list of possible classes that lead to Bilingual or ESL endorsement. It is anticipated that this program will be initiated in Fall 2013.

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Master of Science in Instruction: Elementary Language Arts Education

The current Master of Science in Instruction: Language Arts program is designed to offer professional development to classroom teachers who are interested in updating and refining their teaching competencies in the area of Language Arts at the elementary level.*

*Please note that the current Master of Science in Instruction: Language Arts is under revision. The new program, Master of Science in Teaching and Inquiry: Elementary will have a pre-set course sequence that will be 5 terms in length requiring completion of 31 credit hours. Each term students take one required core course and one elective course from an extensive list of possible classes that lead to Bilingual/ ESL or Early Childhood endorsement. It is anticipated that this program will be initiated in Fall 2013.

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Master of Science in Instruction: Secondary Language Arts Education

The M.S. in Instruction: Language Arts Program is designed to offer professional development to classroom teachers who are interested in updating and refining their teaching competencies in the Language Arts and English instruction at the secondary level. Read More

Master of Arts in Literacy Education

The Department of Literacy Education offers three strands of graduate work leading to Type 10 Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach Certification, Reading Teacher Endorsement for Elementary Grades, or Reading Teacher Endorsement for Secondary Grades, all designed to meet the urgent need for informed and trained instructional leaders in literacy education. The specific objectives of the programs are: to increase candidates knowledge of the nature and score of literacy processes; to advance professional growth in the teaching of literacy; to provide specialized training in assessment and intervention for students who struggle with reading and writing; to prepare candidates for leadership in literacy instructional planning, curriculum development, and professional support. Please visit the Department of Literacy Education website at www.neiu.edu for further information.

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Master of Arts in School Leadership

On September 7, 2012 The Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB) approved Northeastern Illinois University's new principal preparation Masters Degree Program in School Leadership leading to the new State of Illinois Principal Endorsement. Students who complete the Master's degree program in School Leadership at NEIU matriculate to positions of leadership in their schools and communities and receive the new State of Illinois Principal Endorsement.

The sequence of courses and the objectives of the School Leadership Program have been designed to develop exemplary school leaders and to foster their continued growth and effectiveness. Our program includes three internship experiences, thus providing for a unique blend of theory and practice in preparation for positions of leadership. Students who successfully complete the course concentration in School Leadership will develop competencies in effective leadership, educational management practices, and staff development at the school level. Completion of the twelve-course program will result in the award of an M.A. degree in School Leadership. This concentration also leads to the new State of Illinois Principal Endorsement.

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Master of Arts in Special Education (LBS I)

The Department of Special Education prepares reflective professionals whose goal is to transform the lives of individuals with exceptionality. Our department is housed in the College of Education, which is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Colleges of Education (NCATE), the premier accrediting body approved by the U.S. Department of Education. The Learning Behavior Specialist-I is an initial certification program  in special education at the K-12 grade level It is aligned with the standards and code of ethics set forth by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Our teacher candidates work in a wide variety of educational settings throughout the greater Chicago metropolitan area. In order for candidates to be eligible to enter the LBS I program, they must provide evidence of having passed the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), or former Illinois Test of Basic Skills, if not older than five (5) years. Candidates may substitute the ACT or SAT for the TAP, but only in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Illinois Board of Education.

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Master of Science in Special Education (LBS II)

The LBS II program at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) is designed to provide advanced preparation for candidates who are seeking State of Illinois LBS II Endorsement and a Master of Science degree. An endorsement-only option is available for candidates who already have a Master's degree. In order for candidates to be eligible to enter the LBS II  program, they must have a valid LBS I certificate or Deaf/Hard of Hearing or Blind and Visually impaired or Speech Language Pathology on a type 10 (or the respective equivalent), have passed the Illinois Test of Basic Skills and the Assessment of Professional Teaching (ATP) and met the requirements of the NEIU College of Graduate Studies and Research and the Special Education Department.

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Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Bilingual/Bicultural Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching: Bilingual/Bicultural Education is designed to reflect a multicultural/multilinguistic focus and encourages bilingual candidates who already hold a non-education undergraduate degree to pursue an elementary teaching certificate and bilingual endorsement while attaining a master's degree.

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Master of Arts in Teaching: Early Childhood Education

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Early Childhood Education will provide a Master of Arts degree and Type 04 Certification for teaching young children age 0-8 years. The program is designed to prepare high quality teachers to give young children a strong 21st century foundation for learning and development. Our diverse and dynamic faculty will ensure academically solid groundwork and enriching learning experiences for students.

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Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Language Arts Education

Master of the Arts in Teaching: Elementary Language Arts Program has been designed for returning students who wish to obtain initial teacher certification at the elementary level along with a master's degree and an endorsement in the area of Language Arts.

This program has three components of coursework:

  • Professional Core in the areas of multicultural education, media technology, literacy theory/pedagogy, general curriculum development, and research - eighteen credit hours.
  • Concentration in Language Arts with courses in curriculum and instruction, reading, linguistics, TESL, English and/or speech - eighteen credit hours.
  • Certification coursework composed of additional pedagogical study and field experiences (including 100 hours of clinical experiences and student teaching internship). Students seeking teacher certification are required to pass the Illinois Certification Testing System: Test of Proficiency, Content-area Test, Assessment of Professional Teaching Test.

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Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Language Arts Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary English/Language Arts Program has been designed for returning students who wish to obtain initial teacher certification at the secondary level along with a master's degree in the area of Language Arts and English instruction.

This program has three components of coursework:

  • Professional Core in the areas of multicultural education, media technology, literacy theory/pedagogy, general curriculum development, and research- eighteen credit hours
  • Concentration in Language Arts with courses in curriculum and instruction, reading, linguistics, TESL, English and/or speech- eighteen credit hours,
  • Certification coursework composed of additional pedagogical study and field experiences (including 100 hours of clinical experiences and student teaching internship).

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