After meeting the university admission requirements and before completing nine hours of course work including SPED8200 and SPED8619, students must complete the following requirements in order to continue in the program. Submit to the College of Education a supplemental application packet containing:
- Transcripts showing a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher in all undergraduate work attempted and all grades in graduate course work at a grade of “B” or better.
- Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE General Test); including a score of “4” or higher on the Writing Subtest.
- For Option I: A valid Illinois or comparable out-of-state Professional Educator License.
- Evidence of having passed the Basic Skills Test/TAP of the Illinois Certification Testing System or evidence of possessing an Illinois license that required passing this test.
- For Option I: Evidence of two years teaching prior to completion of program. Experiences will be evaluated by program faculty for appropriateness.
After the student has completed SPED8200 and SPED8619, the faculty will review this information and recommend that the student be permitted to continue in the program, continue in the program conditionally, or be dismissed from the program. To receive a recommendation to continue, the student must earn a grade of “B” or better in SPED8200 and SPED8619 which must be taken at Governors State University.
For Option II: Approval for Student Teaching
Students required to student teach must:
- Complete all professional education requirements maintaining a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher, with a grade of “B” or better in a graduate level SPED course, and a grade of “C” or better in all other coursework.
- Have no more than a total of nine general education hours outstanding.
To continue in the program, the student must be accepted as a candidate for the M.A. in Multicategorical Special Education degree after completing SPED8200, SPED8619, and two additional courses on the approved study plan. Students must submit to the Division of Education Graduate Advising Office an application for candidacy in the semester that they expect to have completed the courses required for candidacy: September 30 for Fall semester, January 31 for Spring semester, or May 31 for Summer session. Application forms are available in the student portal.
To qualify for candidacy, a student must:
- Complete all undergraduate prerequisites for courses on the study plan.
- Complete all course work applicable to the degree with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher, with a grade of “B” or better in SPED8200 and SPED8619 and with a grade of “C” or better in all other courses.
- Display, or be judged as developing, the dispositions expected of graduate students as listed in the section "Teacher Education and Licensure" in the GSU catalog.
- Be recommended for candidacy by the M.A. in Multicategorical Special Education program faculty.
Further information about candidacy is available in the M.A. Special Education Student Handbook. Students admitted to candidacy will be assigned to a faculty advisor.
Students must meet all university requirements for a Master’s degree. In addition, students must:
- Maintain a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher, with a grade of “B” or better in SPED8200 and SPED8619 and a grade of “C” or better in all other courses.
- Complete all course work, including transfer credits, within six calendar years.
- Pass written comprehensive exams covering all course work.
Students may apply for a maximum of six hours of course credit from other accredited institutions toward the degree requirements, subject to approval by the faculty advisor and the coordinator of the Multicategorical Special Education program.