Online Certificates of Specialization:

Certificates of specialization can be pursued by non-degree seekers who want to pursue professional development, as well as online and on-campus students who are working toward degrees and want to concurrently pursue a minor area of concentration. Earn a certificate in two to five courses, depending on the concentration. Certificates of Specialization are issued by the Illinois College of Education but are non-transcriptable. To receive your certificates, once you have completed the course work, please contact the Office of Online Programs.

  • Bilingual/Bi-cultural

    Curriculum & InstructionBilingual/Bi-cultural certificate of specialization provides educators with an understanding of key teaching strategies to help support multilingual students in their classrooms. Learn research-based curricular and instructional strategies, including using new digital media to effectively teach students for whom English is a second language.
  • Community College Leadership

    Education Policy, Organization & LeadershipCommunity College Leadership certificate of specialization is for individuals looking to take on positions of leadership, from dean to the presidency, in the two-year higher education sector. Individuals already in community college settings can hone their leadership skills with this specialization.
  • Digital Learning

    Curriculum & InstructionDigital Learning certificate of specialization centers on the creation and research of digital environments for learning and teaching. Learn about the potential of technology in diverse learning environments such as schools, museums, and after school settings, and explore educational applications, games, and toys.
  • Diversity & Equity in Education

    Education Policy, Organization & LeadershipDiversity & Equity in Education certificate of specialization is social-justice focused and provides educators with transformative approaches for diversity and equity issues within P-16 learning environments.
  • Global Studies in Education

    Education Policy, Organization & LeadershipGlobal Studies in Education certificate of specialization addresses education and global change from social justice and critical democracy perspectives. Develop an understanding of the globalization of policy, pedagogy in different contexts including online environments, and children and youth studies.
  • Human Resource Development

    Education Policy, Organization & LeadershipHuman Resource Development certificate of specialization enhances knowledge and the applied processes used to improve workplace performance and individual learning in organizations.
  • Instructional Design MasterTrack™

    Education Policy, Organization & LeadershipLaunch your instructional design career in four months with this two-course training program. In partnership with Coursera, we are offering an Instructional Design MasterTrack™ certificate of specialization that will provide you with the sought-after skills needed in the growing field of instructional design.
  • Instructional System Design Management and Leadership

    Education Policy, Organization & Leadership
    Instructional System Design Management and Leadership (ISDML) certificate of specialization is a practice-oriented program grounded in instructional system design and learning technologies and is positioned to efficiently up-skill the training and learning development workforce in organizations.
  • International Education Administration & Leadership

  • Education Policy, Organization & LeadershipInternational Education Administration & Leadership certificate of specialization trains professionals to lead, develop, implement and evaluate international programming and internationalization activities in business/industry and postsecondary settings, in both private and public sectors.
  • Learning Design & Leadership

    Education Policy, Organization & LeadershipLearning Design & Leadership certificate of specialization provides opportunities to learn how to create more engaging learning environments by integrating new media technologies.
  • LDL: Foundations of eLearning Higher Education

    Education Policy, Organization & LeadershipFoundations of eLearning in Higher Education certificate of specialization is designed to enable the understanding of the design, development, evaluation, and management of eLearning programs and systems across organizations.
  • LDL: New Learning

    Education Policy, Organization & LeadershipNew Learning certificate of specialization is designed to help teachers create more engaging learning environments for their students and to integrate new media technologies into the classroom.
  • LDL: Technology Specialist

    Education Policy, Organization & LeadershipTechnology Specialist certificate of specialization prepares educators to understand technology and know how to use it in their classroom or workplace. Learn about emerging technologies and about their implications on teaching and learning.
  • Online Teaching in Higher Education Environment

    Education Policy, Organization & LeadershipOnline Teaching in Higher Education Environment certificate of specialization addresses the need of current and future professionals in higher education who are interested in understanding and developing online teaching competencies. The coursework, upon completion, will enable individuals to design, implement, and sustain meaningful online learning experiences for diverse populations in higher education contexts.
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Tuition and fees

Effective Fall 2020, the tuition for online programs is $490.00 per credit hour. Note: Tuition is subject to change. See the Office of the Registrar page for complete information on tuition and fees. 

Weekly Online Synchronous Sessions

The program consists of online video 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.  

Application Deadlines

Completed applications including all additional materials requested are due by the following application dates.


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