Teachers, Increase Your Qualifications and Make a Difference.

The College of Education offers a number of its programs in on- and off-campus formats to interested and qualified candidates. 

Earn Your Master of Arts in: 

  • Multicategorical Special Education with LBS I Unlimited Endorsement
  • Educational Administration with Principal Endorsement
  • Reading 
  • Bilingual/ESL Education 
  • School Counseling 

 Interested in starting a cohort in your school or district? Contact Cohort Director, Dr. Dor Fitzgerald at 708.534.4536 or email: dfitzgerald@govst.edu.

Education - Bilingual/ESL Sequence

Courses are offered both on campus each semester in University Park and in an off campus cohort format, where highly qualified educators participate as course faculty.

ESL/Bilingual Approval Cohorts:

 Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL 

  • Sawyer Elementary School (Courses begin every semester - Ongoing Cohort)
  • Jane Addams Elementary School, Chicago, IL  - Targeted Start Date Summer 2013
  • Zapata Academy, Chicago, IL - Targeted Start Date Fall 2013

Additional locations in the South Suburbs:

  • Governors State University, University Park, IL  (Courses begin every semester in a traditional program, non-cohort format)
  • Lincoln-Way School District 

For more information on these locations or for information, please contact the Program Coordinator: Dr. Larry Cross, Phone: 708.534.6362 or Email:lcross@govst.edu.

Principal Leadership (K-12)

Increase Your Qualifications and Make a Difference.

GSU’s new Principal Leadership Program: 

- Recently approved by the State Licensure Board.
- Blended/hybrid format allows one-subject-area per eight week term in Fall and Spring semesters. 
- Classes typically run on weeknights and/or Saturdays on the GSU campus. 
- Off-campus cohorts are possible if there is sufficient interest. 
- A faculty mentor will be assigned to each candidate throughout the duration of the program. 
- Instead of a comprehensive exam, candidates must pass the ISBE teacher evaluator assessment. 
- Content-area assessment must be passed prior to beginning the last semester of the internship. 
- Candidates will earn a Master's Degree in Educational Administration. 
- Reflects the Common Core State Standards.
- Earns Principal Leadership Endorsement on ISBE Educator License.
- Comprised of 36 semester hours.
- Complete in six, seven or eight semesters.

Fall 2015 Cohorts: 

  • Location: On campus at GSU.  

    For more information contact Dr. John Cook, Interim Division Chair jcook@govst.edu.

    Multicategorical Special Education

    Recruiting for Fall 2015 (August 2015 Start Date):

    • School District 148, Dolton, IL  

    Location: Dolton West School District 148, District Office, 114 West 144th Street, Riverdale, IL 60827


    School District 130, Blue Island, IL 

    12300 South Greenwood Avenue Blue Island,IL 60406-1567

    For more information on cohorts, please contact Dr. Dor Fitzgerald at 708.534.4536 or email dfitzgerald@govst.edu.  

     **Please note: All cohort locations are open to teachers in any district or school.** 


    Interested in hosting a Multicategorical Special Education cohort in your school or district?

    Please contact, Cohort Director Dr. Dor Fitzgerald at 708.534.4536 or email dfitzgerald@govst.edu.

    Reading Teacher or Specialist

    Earn your Master of Arts in Reading leading to Illinois Licensure as Reading Specialist or a Reading Teacher Endorsement

    Learn more, earn more with a Master of Arts in Reading from GSU

    • Courses are held in a hybrid format (online/in person).

    • Instructors meet with students the first class session and as needed throught each semester.

    • Host a cohort in your school or district. Contact Dr. Dor Fitzgerald at dfitzgerald@govst.edu for more information. 


    Master of Arts in Psychology

    Achieve Success at GSU’s Naperville Education Center!

    Earn your Master of Arts in Psychology from Governors State University

    Information Session: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 5 – 7 p.m. in Naperville. Click hereto download the flyer.

    • Classes meet Thursday evenings at the GSU Naperville Education Center located at 2244 West 95th Street, Naperville, IL 60564.
    • Application Deadline: October 15, 2014
    • RSVP to: Jan Ulner, julner@govst.edu, 630.428.3375, www.govst.edu/nec