College of Education Welcomes New Division Chair! 

effie_kritikos        Dr. Effie Kritikos      

Dr. Kritikos joined GSU as Division Chair in the College of Education on October 1. She earned tenure and full professor status in her previous academic appointment at Northeastern Illinois University, where she served on the faculty for over 15 years and taught courses in special education, assessment, development, evaluation, and research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 
Dr. Kritikos has a record of scholarly accomplishments in the areas of speech-language pathology, special education, learning disabilities, and assessment. She has published books, journal articles, and book chapters. She has a long list of professional presentations in these areas. She served as project director or co-director for three grants and won an Excellence Award in Research (2006).  

Upcoming Information Sessions

 Principal Leadership Graduate Program  

  • Approved by the State Licensure Board
  • Reflects the Common Core State Standards
  • Reflects PERA, the new teacher evaluation law
  • Earns M.A. in Educational Administration
  • Earns Principal Leadership Endorsement
  • Comprised of 36 semester hours
  • Complete in six semesters
  • Cohort start date - Fall Semester2016
 Recruiting for Fall Semester 2016

GSU, On Campus Cohort

1 University Parkway, University Park, IL 60484

Information Meeting

 9:00 a.m. Saturday, January 30, 2016

At GSU, Room G261, Park in East Lot #2. 

Enter by cement stairway. 

Go to 2nd floor, G261 is at the top of the staircase.

Contact Dr. Dor Fitzgerald at or 708.534.4536. 



The ILLINOIS COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF MATHEMATICS will be presenting its twenty­ seventh annual Scholarships in Mathematics Education in October of 2016 at the annual ICTM meeting in Peoria. There will a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of five (5) awards granted of $1,500 to help defray educational expenses of the recipients.   

 To be eligible, a student must: 

1.      Be enrolled in an accredited university or college in Illinois during Spring2016. 

2.      Have junior or senior status as of Spring 2016 with graduation during May 2016 or later and must be working on his/her first bachelor's degree. 

3.      Be a mathematics education major, mathematics major with an education minor, or an education major with an official mathematics concentration. 

4.      Have a total overall GPA of at least 3.00 (4.00scale) from all colleges attended. 

5.      Submit the following: 

a.       A completed ICTM scholarship application form. 

b.      Transcripts from ALL COLLEGES ATTENDED. These may be official or unofficial copies. 

c.       Letters of recommendation from two (2) mathematics teachers, high school or college.  These letters must state the capacity in which the writer knew the applicant and address his/her potential as a mathematics teacher. 

d.      Two2 00-300 word essays as described in the application 

e.       A completed lesson planning form 

f.       some verification of the above designated status and major(e.g. letter from your advisor, copy of registration materials, etc.).   

Students can find applications and information on the website at or e-mail: Randy and Sue Pippen at

 The completed application forms must be-mailed or postmarked no later than March 6, 2016.  The recipients of the scholarship awards will be announced in June 2016 and awarded at the October 7, 2016 ICTM Conference reception in Peoria.

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