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

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
This concentration provides all educators with a better understanding of key teaching strategies to help support multilingual students in their classrooms. Students learn research-based curricular and instructional strategies, including using new digital media to effectively teach students for whom English is a second language. This concentration aligns with the course sequence for the Bilingual and ESL Endorsements, designed for Illinois educators who wish to add an endorsement to their Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL).  Learn More about our new Online EdM in Curriculum and Instruction. 

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

Department of Curriculum & Instruction
This degree track accelerates the professional development of teachers and other educators to
understand interconnections among theory, research, and practice. Program participants have
the opportunity to understand the latest developments in curriculum and pedagogy.

Master's Degree: 8 courses

Department of Curriculum & Instruction
This focus area is ideal for those who wish to learn more about the potential of technology
in learning environments. The program also provides opportunities to explore out-of-school
learning opportunities, such as educational applications, games, and toys.

Certificate: 3 courses
Master's Degree: 8 courses

Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership
This program 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

Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership
This focus area prepares educators to better understand technology and how to use it in their classroom or workplace. Learn about emerging, adaptive, and assistive technologies and their implications on teaching and learning.  

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

Upcoming Semesters

Spring I 2020

January 21—March 13, 2020

8 weeks 

Spring II 2020

March 16—May 16, 2020

8 weeks

Summer I  2020

May 18—June 26, 2020

6 weeks 

Summer II 2020

June 29—August 6, 2020

6 weeks

Fall I 2020

August 24—October 16, 2020

8 weeks 

Fall II 2020

October 19—December 09, 2020

8 weeks 

Spring Session A

January 19—March 12, 2021

8 weeks

Spring Session B

March 15—May 5, 2021

8 weeks

Tuition Cost

Fall 2020:
$349 per credit hour or $1,396 per 4-credit 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 for the Learning Design and Leadership and Technology Specialist program. For the Bilingual/Bi-cultural, Perspectives and Practices, and Digital Learning programs please select Curriculum and Instruction as the program of interest. 

Application Deadlines

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:

College of Education
Graduate Student Services Office