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Focus Programs


Why a Focus Program?

The focus programs at McKendree University provides an opportunity for teachers, in the St. Louis metro east area, who currently hold a Professional Educator License in Illinois and would like to expand the grade range and/or content area of their license. Focus programs are available in:

Elementary Education (grades 1-6)

Middle School Education (grades 5-8)


Language Arts

Social Sciences


Secondary Education (grades 9-12)


English Language Arts

Social Sciences


Political Science





Physical Education (grades K-12)

Special Education (grades PreK-21)



Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum for focus programs is individualized for each student based on Illinois State Licensure requirements and previous coursework (based on transcript evaluation).




The focus programs are designed for working adults who juggle a wide array of personal and professional responsibilities, along with the pursuit of their educational goals. Classes meet one night a week on the Lebanon campus. Some coursework is available in an online format.



Admission Requirements

To apply for a McKendree focus program, you must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and have an Illinois teaching license. We consider applicants on an individual basis without regard to sex, race, disability, nationality, or religion.

All students pursuing a focus program will be classified as non-degree seeking. A completed graduate admission application (no fee) is required for consideration for admission.On the application, select the Master of Arts in Education and your Academic Program as Non-Degree Seeking - Focus Program.




Graduate Education Student Services


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Student Services Specialist
(618) 744-0426


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Chair, School of Education
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(618) 537-6485





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