Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Program Overview

Benedictine University’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) program provides a course of study with a number of options to enhance a teacher’s understanding of children’s differences, personal systems of communication and the social and political issues that affect the field of education. Students take an active role in their own learning process and are prepared for shaping the lives of tomorrow’s generation.

The Master of Education program provides opportunities for students to explore issues in education, to develop and examine enduring and innovative instructional approaches to utilize technology, and to apply knowledge in diverse educational settings. Benedictine University prepares teachers and administrators for the challenges that lie ahead.

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) at Benedictine University is designed for teachers seeking to enhance their leadership potential and understanding of teaching to individual needs. The program familiarizes students with models for collaboration, effective communication strategies, methods for addressing unique learning styles and technological advancements in education and school administration.

Benedictine University is dedicated to creating effective practitioners who are committed to scholarship, lifelong inquiry, leadership and social responsibility.


These enduring outcomes are developed and nurtured through the curriculum. Educators develop scholarship by acquiring a breadth and depth of knowledge in the field. As scholars, they develop lifelong inquiry by immersing themselves in a process of ongoing questioning and reflection that results in informed  thinking and decision-making. They assume leadership roles in a variety of venues where they can effect change and improve practice. Their leadership is  guided by a sense of social responsibility to create fair and equitable environments that support and enhance learning in order to maximize each individual’s potential.

On-campus program option offered through the College of Education and Health Services’ School of Education
Special Education
  • 14 semester credit-hours of professional core courses
  • 19 semester credit-hours of specialized courses
  • Seminar/master’s thesis project
Reading/Literacy: Reading Specialist Certification
  • 33 semester credit-hours of courses
  • 85 hours of practicum and a portfolio


The English As A Second Language (ESL) Endorsement Program focuses on meeting the urgent need for Illinois teachers who can address the cultural, linguistic and developmental needs of a diverse group of students. The program prepares certified teachers in the foundations and methods of teaching ESL in culturally and linguistically diverse settings.

The program consists of 18 credits of coursework, which includes a core and liberal arts curriculum and 100 practicum hours that enable certified teachers to obtain the additional state approval needed to receive an English as a Second Language Endorsement.

Illinois Reports Demand for Teachers

The Illinois Board of Education estimates that Illinois will need approximately 10,800 new teachers per year through 2014. During the next two years, llinois public schools will need about 5,300 special education teachers and nearly 27,000 regular teachers. Through 2014, it is estimated that Illinois will need more than 2,550 administrators and 3,075 other educators.

School of Education
Benedictine University

MeShelda Jackson, Ph.D.
Department Chair

Sally Shore
Office Assistant

Phone: (630) 829-6280

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