Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching Diverse Learners

Cohorts are now forming in Aurora and Woodstock.

Aurora University is the first and only institution in the state to offer the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching Diverse Learners degree. The program will prepare teachers to support students with different academic and language needs. This two-year program (13 classes) allows you to earn: 

  • A Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction
  • An English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement*
  • A Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) endorsement*

The coursework is designed to improve your instructional strategies and behavior management techniques for students in diverse populations. Earning these endorsements will enhance your ability to effectively communicate with students and their parents, as well as prepare you to be an integral member of the student services support team in your school and/or district. 


The Aurora University School of Education and Human Performance is dedicated to responding to the changing trends and needs of the communities it serves. Approximately 30 percent of the unfilled teacher vacancies in the state of Illinois are special education and ESL teaching positions.** As the number of diverse learners continues to increase and classrooms continue to become more dynamic, AU offers this full master's degree program, which includes earning the ESL and LBS1 endorsements, to serve this changing need. The Master of Arts in Curriculum Instruction: Teaching Diverse Learners program provides the knowledge and skills necessary to more effectively instruct students with special learning and language needs in a Pre-K-12 school setting and to become a more versatile educator within your district.  


The Illinois State Board of Education-approved coursework leading to both endorsements within this program are offered in a cohort format at the Orchard Center and Woodstock Center campuses. Working with peers in the cohort, you will learn to apply theory, research and best practice as you learn to meet the academic needs of today's diverse student populations.

Teaching Excellence

All courses within the program are delivered by licensed faculty who encourage collaborative learning, leading to successful teaching practice. You will gain knowledge in planning, instruction and assessment practices for students with special learning and language needs.

*Both endorsements are Illinois State Board of Education approved and issued.
**Illinois State Board of Education, 2018

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