Illinois College’s Master of Arts in education (M.A.Ed.) graduate degree program has gained accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The college began offering the graduate program during the 2011 fall semester when it was granted approval to start the program with anticipation of gaining accreditation. There are currently 14 graduate students finishing their first year of the M.A.Ed. program.
“We are very pleased to have passed the final phase in the accreditation process,” Illinois College President Axel D. Steuer said. “The program is off to a great start, and we are excited to have a graduate program that encourages intellectual excellence, research and scholarship while emphasizing the development of expertise as professional educators.”
The master’s in education program is a two and one-half years, 32 credit-hour, on-campus degree program. The courses focus on providing degree candidates with attitudes, skills and knowledge to become better teachers and leaders in their classrooms, schools and districts.
The program is designed to accommodate the professional development needs of in-service teachers. The curriculum will be aligned with National Board Certification standards and principles which prepare educators to teach in any state in the United States.