2007
Teachers seeking master's degree can take advantage of scholarship offer

Teachers seeking master's degree can take advantage of scholarship offer
August 14, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Time and money are often the biggest considerations when educators decide whether and when to pursue a graduate degree. But Benedictine University is trying to make earning a master’s degree more affordable. All certified teachers enrolling in Benedictine University’s accelerated cohort Master of Education program – which is available at six locations throughout the Chicago area and the Margaret and Harold Moser Center in Naperville – will be provided an “Educator’s Scholarship.” The “Educator’s Scholarship” covers the cost of tuition for their first course in the University’s enhanced Master of Education in Reading and Literacy (Reading Specialist) and Leadership and Administration (Type 75) programs, a $1,290 value. “We hope that by making a master’s degree more affordable, we are helping to train a new generation of quality and qualified teachers,” said Michelle Koppitz, manager of adult accelerated cohort programs. “We’re delighted that we are able to give educators an opportunity to benefit from what Benedictine University has to offer.” The M.Ed. Reading and Literacy program requires: 33 semester hours of coursework; the completion of an Action Research Proposal; a Professional Portfolio which addresses candidate competency relative to state standards; and a Practica which includes 85 clock-hours of field experiences dedicated to assessing literacy skills, analyzing and interpreting assessment data, and compiling a comprehensive case study report. The M.Ed. Leadership and Administration program requires: 33 semester hours of coursework; a Professional Portfolio which addresses candidate competency relative to state standards for Principals and School Leaders; and a 100 clock-hour internship that is supported by administrative mentors at the school site and evaluated by University supervisors. Both programs culminate in a formal presentation of the Professional Portfolio, where students must self-reflect about their competency and professional growth relative to state standards. Benedictine University’s M.Ed. programs are offered at convenient locations throughout the metropolitan area, which makes attending classes more convenient for educators who are actively employed and have family and other considerations. Classes are typically held at various sites within a 50-mile radius of the main campus. Sites include the University Center in Grayslake, Harlan Academy at 9653 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago, South Berwyn School District 100 in Berwyn, Plainfield South High School in Plainfield and at Benedictine University’s newly-opened Moser Center in Naperville. For more information about Benedictine’s M.Ed. programs, call (630) 829-2277.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.