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School of Education

It is the mission of the School of Education at McKendree University to prepare teachers, administrators, and other education professionals as lifelong learners, caring practitioners, and knowledgeable professionals. 

The mission is used as a foundation for creating high quality programs which support the development of effective educators who are able to meet the ever-changing demands placed upon them in the schools they serve.




Initial Teaching Licensure Programs

- Elementary Education

- Special Education/Elementary Dual Licensure 

  (undergraduate level only)

- Middle School Education

o English/Language Arts
o Mathematics
o Science
o Social Science

- Secondary Education

o English/Language Arts
o Mathematics
o Science-Biology

o Science-Chemistry (graduate level only)

o Social Science-History 

o Social Science-Political Science 

- PK-12 Licensure

o Music Education (undergraduate level only)
o Physical Education 

- Special Education LBS1  (graduate level only)

- Educational Studies Non-Licensure


Because McKendree University must meet the requirements issued by the Illinois State Board of Education and the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, their requirements take precedence over the catalog of record for individuals seeking teacher and administrative licensure.


Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Education

o Educational Administration & Leadership
o Educational Studies
o Educational Studies Emphasis in Reading
o Special Education
o Teacher Licensure

o Teacher Leadership

Master of Arts in Teaching

            o Elementary

            o Middle School (Math, ELA, Social Science,


            o Secondary (Math, ELA, History, Political

               Science, Biology, Chemistry)

            o Physical Edcuation

            o Special Education

Specialist in Education

Doctor of Education

PEL Endorsements


Middle School (Math, ELA, Social Science, Science)

• Secondary (Math, ELA, History, Political Science, Biology,


• Physical Education

• Teacher Leader

• Reading Teacher 

• Special Education 

• Principal

• Superintendent