Teaching & Learning
Fully or Partially Online
The Teaching and Learning master's program (M.S. in TCH) is designed primarily for practicing teachers who want to become master teachers. They may see themselves continuing in the role of teacher, but with the added responsibility of role-model or mentor for colleagues.
Some educators completing this degree are doing so in preparation for roles within their districts such as curriculum director or in preparation for further doctoral study.
The Master of Science in Teaching and Learning can be completed online or as a blended program (partially on-campus, partially online). More information can be found at the College of Education website .
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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 cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for either the last 60 hours of your undergraduate coursework or any previous work in a Master's program.
You must have a current teaching certificate and have at least one year of teaching experience.
This program does not lead to teacher certification.
Personal Goals Statement
Submit a 1-2 page personal goals statement that addresses features of one of the following:
- Realizing the Democratic Ideal
- National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Core Propositions
- Illinois Professional Teaching Standards
English Proficiency Scores (International Students Only)
International students applying to this program must have a TOEFL score of at least 79 iBT or IELTS score of 6.5 band.
Items Not Required
This program does not require letters of recommendation for admission.
- Fall Term — June 15; Applications submitted after June 15 will be accepted as space permits
- Summer Term — March 15; Applications submitted after March 15 will be accepted as space permits
- Spring Term — Applications are not accepted for the spring term
The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,
- be admitted unconditionally as a degree-seeking student into a graduate academic program, or have a minimum of 120 undergraduate hours if in an integrated degree program
- be in good-standing
- be enrolled full-time (typically at least 9 credit hours during the fall or spring semesters, or at least 6 hours during the summer session).
Graduate assistants receive
- monthly wages paid in the form of either a stipend or an hourly wage
- a waiver for 100% of tuition during a semester of appointment
- a waiver for up to 12 credit hours of tuition for the summer term immediately following a fall or spring appointment
See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from contiguous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.