Master of Science in Teaching & Learning
Illinois State University

Program Details

The online Master of Science in Teaching and Learning program is designed primarily for practicing teachers who want to become master teachers.  The curriculum prepares educators for continuing roles as teachers but with the added responsibility of being role-models  or mentors for colleagues.  In addition, some educators complete this degree in preparation for roles within their districts such as curriculum directors or in preparation for further doctoral studies.


  • Have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
  • Present official transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for either the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework or any previous work in a Master's program
  • Possess a current teaching certificate (this program does not lead to teacher certification) and have at least one year teaching experience
  • Submit a professional goals statement (1-2 pages) that addresses features of Realizing the Democratic Ideal, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Core Propositions, or Illinois Professional Teaching Standards

School Accreditation Statement

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission