Aurora University

Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching Diverse Learners (MA)

Why earn an MA in Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching Diverse Learners degree?

A Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching Diverse Learners degree prepares teachers to support students with different academic and language needs. The program improves your instructional abilities and behavior management techniques, enhancing your ability to communicate with students and their parents. With this degree, you can also become an integral member of the student services support team in your district.

Why earn an MA in Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching Diverse Learners degree at AU?

Aurora University is the first and only institution in the state to offer a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching Diverse Learners degree.

This two-year program (13 classes) allows you to earn:

  • Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement
  • Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS I) endorsement

Both endorsements are approved and issued by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

Field experiences are embedded into every course to meet all degree and endorsement requirements upon graduation. Earning these credentials will make you a more effective and versatile educator within your district, providing you with the knowledge and skills necessary to better understand and manage student behaviors and learning styles in a diversified school population.

Course schedules are designed around teachers’ busy lives, with classes offered year-round in a cohort format at the AU Orchard Center and Woodstock Center campuses.

Program quick facts
  • Program length: Two years (13 courses)
  • Program type: Master of Arts and two endorsements
  • Location options: Cohorts are available on the main AU campus, at AU’s Woodstock Center, and at district partner sites throughout Illinois. Courses must have a minimum enrollment in order to begin.
  • Tuition: View current rates
Program structure
  • 36 semester hours
  • Field experiences are embedded into every course.
  • Coursework approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
  • Courses include:
    • Cognitive development
    • Curriculum development
    • Disabilities
    • Law
    • Teaching methods