EDUCATION AT ILLINOIS is partnering with Chicago Public Schools to offer online professional development in:

BILINGUAL & ESL EDUCATION (BESL) provides you with a better understanding of key teaching strategies to support multilingual students in the classroom. You'll have the opportunity to learn how to create more engaging learning environments by integrating new media technologies for all students, regardless of language. You'll learn research-based curricular and instructional strategies, including the use of new digital media to effectively teach students for whom English is a second language.

Certificate: 3 courses
Endorsement: 5 courses
Master's Degree: 8 courses

LEARNING DESIGN & LEADERSHIP provides you with the opportunity to learn how to create more engaging learning environments by integrating new media technologies. LDL encourages students to be active designers of their own knowledge, in contrast to old teaching, in which knowledge was handed down to them. Students use new digital media to enhance the ways in which they can learn and understand, thus improving the learning process. It also addresses the challenges of differentiating instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners. Instructional technologies such as computer-based instruction, computer-based testing, distance learning, interactive video, and intelligent instructional technologies are covered. 

Certificate: 3 courses
Master's Degree: 8 courses
Doctoral Degree: 64 hours

TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST with a Special Education focus prepares educators to better understand technology and how to use it in their classroom or workplace. Learn about emerging technologies and their implications on teaching and learning. 

Certificate: 3 courses
Endorsement: 6 courses
Master's Degree: 8 courses

Upcoming Semesters

Spring I 2019

1/14/2019 – 3/8/2019

8 weeks

Spring II 2019

3/11/2019 – 5/1/2019

8 weeks

Summer I  2019


6 weeks 

Summer II 2019


6 weeks

Fall I 2019

8/26/2019 – 10/18/2019

8 weeks

Fall II 2019

10/21/2019 – 12/11/2019

8 weeks


Tuition Cost

$349 per credit hour or $1,396 per course represents a special tuition rate for CPS teachers. 

Our programs prepare you to:
  • Understand the ways in which students can be active designers of their own knowledge.
  • Develop skills in new digital media to enhance the ways students learn and improve the learning process.
  • Succeed as educators in PK-16 and training/learning development industries and organizations around the world. 
Weekly Online Video Synchronous Sessions

The program consists of online synchronous sessions that typically meet once per week, Monday – Thursday anytime between 4:00pm – 9:00pm CST. These sessions are required and are designed for you to interact with your course instructors and peers synchronously for enriched learning experiences.  

How to Apply

If you are ready to apply for one of our graduate programs (doctoral or master's degree) please select "apply" located at the bottom of the page. Please select Education, Policy, Organization and Leadership as the program of interest. 

Application Deadlines

For our master's degree and non-degree programs please apply two weeks prior to the start of each session. For doctoral programs, apply by May 6 for the Fall semester and by November 1 for the spring semester. Please review detailed information on our application deadlines.  


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a fully accredited university by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

For more information on the program please email or call:
Dr. Mila Thomas Fuller
Assistant Director of Online Learning
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