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Strand A: MEd only
Strand B: MEd plus the Learning Behavior Specialist II Certificate
Strand C: MEd plus the Learning Behavior Specialist I Certificate
The following documents must be completed online or uploaded to Admissions:
- The UIC Graduate Application (all strands)
- The application fee (all strands)
- Transcripts (all strands)
Upload undergraduate transcripts for your last 60 hours of the undergraduae degree and all graduate transcripts.
- TOEFL or IELTS test scores (for International Applicants only) - all strands
- College of Education M.Ed. application (all strands)
- 3 letters of recommendation (all strands)
These letters should address the applicant's academic qualifications, research ability/experience and ability to carry on advanced degree studies. Letters may be from current or former professors or supervisors.
- Personal statement (strands A and C)
In approximately 300 to 400 words, this statement should discuss your professional goals, indicating experiences and attitudes towards working with children in urban environments.
- Personal statement (strand B only)
All applicants must submit a goals statement in the form of a letter of application that includes a self-appraisal of UIC Department of Special Education LBSII Dispositional Qualities. Directions: In 500 words (approximately two to four pages, double-spaced), please describe your strengths and achievements using the UIC Teacher Candidate LBSII Dispositional Qualities (pdf) as a guide. Also describe areas in which you can improve, and how you intend to make such improvements.
- For Strand B only, provide proof of a minimum of one year of teaching in special education experience. A minimum of two years of experience will be required upon completion of the program.
- Resume (strand B only)
- Submit proof of having taken a research methods course or the intention to take one (strand B only)
- Submit a copy of the LBSI teaching certificate (strand B only)
- Basic Skills Test/Test of Academic Proficiency. ACT or SAT waiver (strand C only)
Have your Basic Skills Test or Test of Academic Proficiency results sent to the College of Education at UIC or submit a copy of your scores. You must pass the Basic Skills or Test of Academic Proficiency (ILTS) test. The Illinois State Board of Education has approved the use of ACT/SAT scores in lieu of a passing score on the TAP. For more information on ACT/SAT test use, see the Council on Teacher Education webpage. For more information or other questions, contact your advisor in the College of Education, the Council on Teacher Education, or the Illinois Board of Education Professional Certification and Testing Division. Visit www.il.nesinc.com for information about the tests.
- The Special Education Department will contact you to set up a time to provide a impromptu writing sample and participate in a interview with a faculty member.
International students should visit UIC’s Admissions website for current application deadlines.