For the master’s degree for certified teachers and for the special education endorsement, applicants must have:
- a valid Illinois professional educator license (early childhood, elementary, secondary, or preschool-age-21); and
- one or more years of teaching experience in a PreK-12 setting and current district employment
For the Director of Special Education endorsement program, applicants must have the above requirements plus:
- a current resume documenting two or more years of teaching (or other education-related fields) and current employment information that focuses on student achievement; and
- a valid Type 75 Administrative Certificate along with a background in one of the following: Special Education, School Social Work, School Psychology or Speech/Language Pathology. You must also have at least two years professional work experience in the specific background areas.
The master’s programs have two pre-requisite course requirements:
- A course in human development, spanning the P-12 grade years
- A course in educational psychology
The admission process for all four programs share the following:
- A completed Graduate Application for Admission
- Transcripts (official, sealed in envelope) for all prior college and/or university credit. Aurora University accepts official electronic transcripts at AU-ETranscripts@aurora.edu
- Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with an average GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. If your grade point average is below that of a 3.0, you may be accepted on a probationary basis. If probationary status is granted, a formal review will be conducted by the program director after completion of the first three courses, in which a 3.0 average must be maintained or you will not be able to continue the program
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your professional potential related to this field*
- Pass a National Background Check (Criminal Activity and Sex Offender); completed after admission
* Applicants to the Director of Special Education program must instead submit one recommendation letter from their current building principal or direct supervisor.