College of Education & Human Services

Graduate Programs

The School of Education offers several graduate assistantships in three areas:

  • School of Education - Open only to students seeking graduate degrees in the College of Education and Human Services, with preference given to those seeking graduate degrees in the School of Education.
  • WIU Preschool - Open only to students seeking graduate degrees in the College of Education and Human Services, with preference given to those seeking graduate degrees in the School of Education.
  • America Reads - Open to all graduate students, with preference given to students in the School of Education. Applicants must qualify for federal work study. International students do not qualify.

Graduate Assistant Application - You will need a statement of goals and your CV/resume.

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The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)/Alternative Licensure is a two year residency program wherein candidates are hired by a school district on a provisional teaching license, are paid a beginning teacher salary, and take courses over that two year period. Assuming a candidate is successful, she or he will earn a full Professional Educator License and a Master of Arts in Teaching Degree at the end of that two year residency period. Currently, WIU’s School of Education offers this program for those interested in K-21 Special Education, Secondary Math, and Secondary Science. International students do not qualify for admission to this program. 


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The Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction combines the rigor of an outstanding academic program, the personal attention of departmental faculty, and the convenience of online coursework. This graduate program is designed for practicing teachers who teach from pre-kindergarten through the middle grades, and can even be extended to the secondary level with specialized or catered course options. Graduates of the program not only enhance their professional expertise, but become poised to assume leadership roles within their schools and districts.

The Curriculum and Instruction graduate program includes areas of specialization in literacy education, elementary curriculum, early childhood education, mathematics education, science education, and social studies education. Candidates are able to choose the direction they feel will most benefit them in their current teaching position in grade levels that range from Pre-K through the middle grades.


The Department of Educational Studies offers a graduate program in educational leadership leading to a Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.). The master's program concentrates on the general background and skills needed for entry into positions of educational leadership. Utilizing a collaborative, inquiry-based learning structure courses explore how theory, research, applied technology, and heightened political understanding serve to resolve the issues educational leaders regularly face. 

The Educational Leadership program offers coursework through a weekend academy format with classes on Saturdays (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and Sundays (8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.). A three semester hour course meets three weekends a semester. Courses are offered at both the Macomb and the Moline campuses. International students do not qualify for admission to this program.


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The Master of Science in Education degree in Educational Studies (EDS) program allows for an individually tailored program of study, fostering a solid base of knowledge and skills in education and closely aligned disciplines. Individuals are prepared to function effectively as professionals in public or private educational or related human service settings.


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The Reading Master's Degree offers two areas of emphasis K-12 Reading Specialist and Reading Teacher.

The K-12 Reading Specialist emphasis prepares candidates to serve as reading specialists, literacy coaches, and leaders of school-wide efforts to improve literacy instruction. Reading Specialists can teach reading and provide technical assistance or professional development to teachers of all grade levels.

The Reading Teacher emphasis is designed to enhance teachers' knowledge and skills in teaching literacy in classrooms or with small groups of struggling readers. In some districts, individuals with an appropriate reading teacher endorsement are eligible for employment as Title I reading teachers. International students do not qualify for admission to this program. 


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The Special Education Master's Degree provides opportunities for

  • Teachers with general education certification seeking special education endorsement
  • Teachers with special education certification seeking to advance their skills and knowledge

This program, aligned to Illinois and Iowa certification requirements, prepares graduates to impact their students' learning, their classrooms, and their schools. Graduates assume positions as consultants, classroom teachers, or inclusion teachers of children and adolescents with varying disabilities in schools, clinics, and residential facilities. International students do not qualify for admission to this program. 


The School of Education offers a graduate program in educational leadership leading to a Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree. The Ed.S. program concentrates on the knowledge and skills needed for the superintendency. Coursework at the education specialist level expands the knowledge of the school principal and adds elements that contribute to continued professional growth and the skills required, specifically, to qualify for the position of superintendent of schools. International students do not qualify for admission to this program. 


The School of Education offers a graduate program in educational leadership leading to a Educational Doctorate (Ed.D.). The doctoral program develops leaders who enable educational institutions, regardless of the obstacles, to exceed. This goal is achieved by means of a collaborative, inquiry-based learning structure that unites a group of practicing professionals as they explore how theory, research, applied technology, and heightened political understanding serve to resolve the issues educational leaders regularly face.