Special Education - Interdisciplinary Early Intervention Sensory Disabilities
This program prepares deaf/hard of hearing and blind/visual impairment teachers to meet the unique needs of infants and toddlers with sensory disabilities and their families.
Our coursework is interdisciplinary. You get the opportunity to work with other graduate students in Speech-Language Pathology. You’ll also work with experts in deaf education, low vision/blindness, and speech pathology.
After completing the program, you’ll be eligible for the State of Illinois Early Intervention (EI) credential. This allows you to serve as a Developmental Therapist or Speech-Language Pathologist. You’ll also have expertise in family-centered interdisciplinary early intervention.
Courses occur online during the academic year and face-to-face at Illinois State in the summer. We also have a location in Northern Illinois.
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University Admission Requirements
A student applying to a master's program must:
- have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
- present unofficial transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. The unofficial transcript should be easily readable and clearly indicate degree(s) awarded, courses and course grades for each term. If accepted, official transcripts can be emailed from the university to GraduateAdmissions@IllinoisState.edu or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Illinois State University, Graduate School, 209 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 4040, Normal, IL 61790-4040.
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
To be considered for this program, you must meet the following requirements.
You must have a bachelor’s degree or higher in low vision/blindness or deaf/hard of hearing.
You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 semester hours of university coursework
Teaching Experience and Licensure
Include a letter that documents you have at least one year of teaching experience. Your current teaching license must be in low vision/blindness or deaf/hard of hearing.
Resume and Cover Letter
Upload your current resume and cover letter that outlines your professional goals.
Letters of Recommendation
Submit the names and email addresses of two references for letters of recommendation within the online application.
- Summer 2022 Term — application will open in September 2021
Graduate assistantships are not available for this program.
Students accepted into this program will have tuition and fees covered and a yearly stipend provided, made available through LIMITLESS, a grant from the U.S. Department of Education (H325K190003).