Educational Studies

Department Chair Eric Sheffield

Dr. Eric Sheffield
ES Department Chair

Welcome

Greetings and welcome to the Educational Studies Department “home on the web.” The degree programs, state endorsements, certificates of  study, and course work offered by the Educational Studies Department are all designed to “educate and empower future practitioners and leaders.”  We hope you will take a few minutes to peruse our courses of study (below). When you do, you will see that our programs are interdisciplinary in nature allowing the freedom to pursue what you are actually interested in while accomplishing licensing, endorsement, and degree goals—we are interested in you as a person as well as your vocational aspirations.  Please let us know how we can help on either count.

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”


--John Dewey (Democracy and Education, p. 239)

Degree Programs

Bilingual/English as a Second Language Education

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Qualified Bilingual/English as a Second Language teachers are in high demand throughout the state. Students who complete this program also earn a license in elementary education while utilizing their multilingual skills and their knowledge of culturally relevant pedagogy.

College Student Personnel

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The CSP program has a theory-to-practice orientation that prepares individuals to work as student affairs professionals in a variety of student settings, including residence life, student activities, Greek affairs, admissions, academic advising, orientation, and multicultural student programs.

Educational Studies

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The Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.) in Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies has multiple options that allow the degree candidate to prepare for, or advance in, careers in education, Pre K-12 through Junior College, and/or the eventual pursuit of the doctorate. Candidates develop a rich grasp of central issues and problems in education from the perspective of several key disciplines including psychology, philosophy, and anthropology/sociology.

Educational Leadership

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The Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) leads to certification as school principal, and the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree leads to certification as school superintendent. The Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) offers professional development and new knowledge and skills in research and applied research. All programs are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.

TESOL Minor

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The Minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is designed to meet the needs of students desiring to teach English in a variety of settings throughout the world. Specialized coursework in the minor focuses on theories and methodologies of TESOL while providing practical classroom experience.



Licensures & Endorsements

Bilingual Endorsement

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Currently, Illinois and many other states are requiring Bilingual endorsements to teach in multilingual classrooms. The Bilingual Endorsement suits a variety of teaching backgrounds which range from Pre-K to High School. The endorsement can be obtained by pre-service as well as in-service teachers. Persons seeking this endorsement must have successful completion of a language examination in the non-English language to be taught is also required. Click here for more information on the Bilingual Endorsement and requirements.

ESL Endorsement

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Currently, Illinois and many other states are requiring ESL endorsements to teach in multilingual classrooms.The ESL endorsement suits a variety of teaching backgrounds which range from Pre-K to High School. The endorsement can be obtained by pre-service as well as in-service teachers. It is not a requirement to be bilingual to complete the ESL endorsement. Click here for more information on the ESL Endorsement and requirements.

TESOL

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The graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is designed to meet the needs of students desiring to teach English in a variety of settings throughout the world. Specialized coursework in the certificate program focuses on theories and methodologies of TESOL while providing practical classroom experience. The coursework may also be used to satisfy some requirements for the Master of Science in Education M.S. Ed.) in Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies for students who decide to seek admission into the M.S. Ed. program.

Principal Endorsement

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Persons seeking a principal endorsement through Western Illinois University must have a master's degree or complete the master's degree in Educational Leadership. The principal preparation program includes 36 semester hours of coursework and an Internship consisting of two parts.

Superintendent Endorsement

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Persons seeking a superintendent endorsement through Western Illinois University must complete a licensure program including 36 semester hours of coursework and an Internship consisting of two parts. A minimum of two years of administrative experience is required and a principal endorsement or its equivalant.