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Master's Degree Programs

Our diverse selection of Masters Degree programs assures you pursuit of your passion, whatever it may be.

Our programs include:

Master of Arts in Teaching, M.A.T.+ -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching has been suspended at the current time. No students will be admitted or enrolled in this program as of October 12, 2015. Please call the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at 536-2441 for more information.

Behavior Analysis and Therapy, M.S. + -

(Rehabilitation Institute)

The first behavior analysis degree program in the world, the program has had a 50 year rich history in the field of behavior analysis and currently holds Association for Behavior Analysis Accreditation. Only 12 other schools in the world have this same distinction.

The Masters Degree course work is approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board, and is designed to provide the student with a well-rounded blend of didactic courses, hands on experience, and research opportunities.The mixture of classes and field experience result in the graduate having the best possible preparation for the workforce or doctoral training that lies ahead.

Starting graduate salaries range from $50,000 - $70,000. Students have a 100% placement rate. More >>

College Student Personnel Concentration M.S.Ed. + -

(Educational Administration and Higher Education)

The College Student Personnel (CSP) Program is a 42-credit hour Master’s of Science in Education degree with a major in Higher Education. Our mission is to educate postsecondary educators and practitioners to understand, teach, and support collegiate student populations. More >>

Communication Disorders and Sciences, M.S. + -

(Rehabilitation Institute)

The Communication Disorders and Sciences (CDS) program specializes in the area of speech-language pathology. Speech-language pathologists are professionals educated in the study of human communication, its development, and its disorders. By evaluating the speech language, cognitive-communication, and swallowing skills of children and adults, the speech-language pathologist determines what communication problems exist and the best way to treat them. As a student in the CDS program, you would study normal communication as well as procedures for assessment and intervention of persons with communication disorders. More >>

Counseling, MSEd + -

(Counseling, Quantitative Methods, and Special Education)

The master's degree in counseling is designed to develop students' potential as professional counselors and provide specialization in three distinct areas: (1) clinical mental health counseling; (2) school counseling; and (3) marriage, couple, and family counseling.

All three program areas are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and adequately prepare students for certification and/or initial licensure in their program area. School counseling is also approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). In addition, SIU Carbondale is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (NCACSS). More >>

Master's in Public Health + -

(Public Health and Recreation Professions)

Our program offers a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) in community health. Completion of this degree prepares students with advanced-level skills to practice health education in a variety of community settings. Course work address both the five core public areas and the Advanced I health education competencies/sub-competencies. Graduates of this program are prepared for employment in leadership or practice roles in settings such as community health agencies; local, state and federal health agencies; and medical and corporate settings. More >>

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Program Area  + -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

This program of study is designed to serve traditional and nontraditional educators who may seek employment as curriculum specialists in public/private schools, education agencies, state departments/ministries of education in foreign countries, business and industry, and higher education. Particular attention is given to curriculum foundations and theory, development and implementation of curriculum and assessment systems, and program evaluation and management. Key components of this program include systems thinking, culturally relevant pedagogy, and the design of accessible learning environments for learners with diverse needs. Students in this program are encouraged to include additional coursework from one of the following areas: Language, Literacies, and Culture; Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) Education, and/or Human Development and Family Studies. More >>

Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Science in Education, MSEd + -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

The MSEd Degree in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for the student to further develop professional skills and explore educational research and current issues. Each candidate’s program is planned in consultation with a faculty advisor from the program area selected by the student, with consideration for the student’s interests, skills, and professional goals. Five program areas are offered: Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment; STEM Education (including Mathematics Education and the choice of a Concentration in Learning Systems Design & Technology); Language, Literacies, & Culture (including Social Science Education); Teacher Leadership; and Human Development & Family Studies.

This degree requires the completion of a minimum of 32 or 36 hours of course work, depending on the research requirement selected. At least 15 of the required semester hours must be at the 500 level and taken at SIUC. The student must also meet Curriculum and Instruction core course requirements, research requirements, and program area requirements. No more than 6 semester hours of credit earned at a CAEP-accredited college or university (or equivalent) may be accepted toward this degree. Transfer courses must be approved by the department.

The teaching license is not necessarily a requirement of the program admission, but it is important to note that this degree does not lead to initial licensure for the public school setting. Students who are admitted to the Language, Literacies, & Culture program area may consult with an advisor to take courses that lead to the Reading Teacher Endorsement and the Reading Specialist Endorsement. More >>

Curriculum & Instruction, Science Education, in the STEM Education, Program Area + -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

The science education graduate program invites K-12 teachers, curriculum specialists, scientists and other educational professionals to explore and research contemporary issues related to science learning, teaching, assessment and curriculum. The faculty, Dr. Harvey Henson and Dr. Senetta Bancroft, are jointly appointed in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and Human Services and in the College of Science. Our programs are research-focused and include a Master’s and a Doctoral program.
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Workforce Education & Development Science in Education, Program Area + -

(Workforce Education and Development)

The master's degree with a major in workforce education and development is designed to accommodate a broad range of individuals preparing for training, instructional and administrative roles in career and technical education, business, industry, government, and other fields. The major consists of a minimum of 32 semester hours (thesis option) or 36 semester hours (non-thesis option) of course work for students with a background in training or education. Program requirements are organized into professional core requirements and specialty area courses. More >>

Masters Degree Program in Pre-K through 12th Grade Educational Administration Programs, M.S.Ed. + -

(Educational Administration and Higher Education)

Principal Preparation Program prepares individuals to be highly effective in leadership roles to improve teaching and learning and increase academic achievement and the development of all students. Our graduates are ready to assume the responsibilities of a principal, assistant principal, or a related or similar position Pre-K through grade 12. More >>

Superintendent Endorsement Program prepares students to be competent, dedicated, and caring individuals who are ready to assume the responsibilities of a school district superintendent. Students develop skills and aptitudes that will enable them to continue their professional growth and education throughout their careers. More >>

Human Development and Family Studies, Program Area + -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

Human Development and Family Studies is an interdisciplinary graduate program of study for students interested in the development of the child within the context of the family and family development and dynamics. The program integrates theory, research and practical learning to promote leaders in these academic fields. Graduate students will learn to read and conduct research in the areas of child development, family studies or educational settings for the young child. The program focuses on the application of research to real world issues related to children and families, which is a key element to working with and promoting healthy development of children and families. More information coming soon >>

Language, Literacies, & Culture, Program Area + -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

The course work in Language, Literacies, and Culture encompasses our former Reading and Language Studies and Social Science Education Specialty Areas to offer an interdisciplinary plan of study that is designed to provide students with the advanced skills and knowledge needed to investigate the concepts and processes of language, literacies, and culture in relationship to social, historical, technological, and ideological concepts. More information coming soon >>

Masters of Exercise Science, M.S.Ed. + -


The Exercise Science program includes coursework in the physiology of human performance and physical fitness and provides students the opportunity to seek additional clinical experiences.  The program includes coursework in research techniques and a thesis or research project in an area of common interest to the student and faculty.  The Exercise Physiology Laboratory contains equipment for such activities as exercise stress testing, body composition analysis, electromyography, and analysis of blood variables.  Students are prepared for roles in athletic training, cardiac rehabilitation, adult fitness, strength and conditioning, personal fitness training, coaching, teaching, and advanced degree work.  Programs will be individualized to provide coursework and related experiences to match students' career goals. More >>

Learning Systems Design & Technology, M.S. in Ed. (Concentration) + -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

The Learning Systems Design and Technology (LSDT) concentration prepares students for careers as instructional designers in higher education, schools, corporations, military, government and non-profit organizations. The program focuses on the principles and techniques of creating learning products and multimedia-based online resources for learning. Courses offer instruction in learning theories, systems design, and principles that apply to the design, development, evaluation, and management of learning systems, resources, and technologies. More >>

Mathematics Education, in the STEM Education Program Area+ -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

The Mathematics Education course of study is designed to prepare students for teaching, leadership, and research in mathematics education. The Mathematics Education faculty aim to contribute to understanding mathematics education as a body of knowledge, provide leadership for effective planned change, and to contribute to service systems which facilitate teaching and learning. The student will be able to identify problems in mathematics teaching and learning, develop solutions to those problems, and implement them in practical situations. More >>

Recreation, M.S.Ed. + -

(Public Health and Recreation Professions)

Our program offers a master’s of science degree in recreation.  Completion of this degree equips students with advanced-level skills in both recreation practice and leadership.  Students can specialize in one of three areas:  administration of recreation and park systems, recreation resource administration, and therapeutic recreation.  Career opportunities for graduates include positions in settings such as in outdoor recreation in state parks or national forests; in commercial recreation, managing health clubs or resorts; in colleges or universities, managing recreation programs for students; and in communities providing recreation services for citizens of various ages.  Graduates with a therapeutic recreation specialty may practice in the community or clinical setting providing leisure activities to special populations such as senior citizens or individuals with disabilities. More >>

Rehabilitation Administration and Services, M.S. + -

(Rehabilitation Institute)

The degree granted by the Rehabilitation Administration and Services program is the Master's of Science degree. The M.S. degree is felt to be most appropriate for individuals who are or plan to become practitioners or administrators within direct service programs. The M.S. degree emphasizes professional applied training, and knowledge and skills required to appropriately utilize and evaluate rehabilitation research. More >>

Rehabilitation Counselor, M.S. + -

(Rehabilitation Institute)

The Rehabilitation Counselor Training Program is to prepare professional Rehabilitation Counselors to work with people with physical, mental, or emotional disability. The goal of the Rehabilitation Counselor is to assist people with disabilities to achieve maximum psychological, social, vocational, economic independence, and quality of life to their fullest capacity. The foundation of Rehabilitation Counseling is one of empowerment in which individuals exercise control over their own lives. Rehabilitation Counseling focuses on the whole person, including physical, psychological and spiritual aspects, as well as family, social and work relationships.

The Rehabilitation Counselor needs advanced skills in interpersonal communications and counseling, assessment procedures, case management, coordination of services, job placement, and understanding of psychosocial and medical aspects of disability. Rehabilitation Counselors also work closely with family members, and confer with a number of other professionals, such as physicians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, audiologists, and other health professionals. The curriculum of Graduate Programs in Rehabilitation Counseling are designed to help students develop these skills. More >>

Social Science Education, in the Language, Literacies, & Culture Program Area + -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

The Social Science Education program of study provides in-service teachers with opportunities to develop instructional materials and curricular designs for history and social science classrooms, with a specific emphasis on historical thinking, media literacy, financial literacy, and geographic problem-solving. Through the integration of technology (see our blog for examples of materials covered in these courses), students learn how to temper academic rigor with support to increase their curricula’s accessibility to students with diverse learning needs. More >>

Social Work, M.S.W.+ -

(School of Social Work)

The organizing principle of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program is based on service to individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities by enhancing social functioning and promoting economic and social justice and human rights. The mission of the Master of Social Work Program is the educational preparation of graduate students for advanced social work practice in two main concentration areas: (1). Children, Youth and Families including School Social Work endorsement, and (2). Health/Mental Health). Student learning is based on competent, ethically-responsible professional practice with disadvantaged and diverse groups within the region, state, national, international, and global contexts, with a special focus on rural areas. Therefore, the Master of Social Work Program prepares social work professionals with advanced skills in human behavior, social work practice, program evaluation, policy, research, and critical thinking within the two concentration areas. The School is committed to improving the social and economic opportunities of children and families by working in partnership with other educational institutions, public and private social service agencies, and community-based organizations. Under Construction

Special Education, M.S.Ed. + -

(Counseling, Quantitative Methods, and Special Education)

*Important alert for Special Education Master’s students and prospective applicants: Upon completion of the program, students will receive the Master of Science in Education degree. Program completion does not result in the Learning Behavior Specialist II (LBS II) endorsement.*
The Master of Science in Education (M.S.ed) degree within the Special Education Program prepares individuals to become highly skilled educators for teaching or administrators in public and private schools or agencies. The Master’s degree program offers students three program areas: (1) Early childhood, (2) Behavior emphasis, and (3) Curriculum emphasis. More >>

Sport Studies, M.S.Ed. + -


The Sport program offers students a broad-based foundation through courses in sport psychology, sport sociology, and various aspects of sport management/administration. Programs may focus on the areas of Sport Management or Social Psychology of Sport. Other interest areas such as pedagogy, coaching, and athletic training can be strengthened through the Sport Studies curriculum. Students are prepared for roles such as coaching, teaching, administration, athletic support services, and advanced degree work. Students' programs will be individualized to provide coursework and related experiences to match their career goals. More >>

Teacher Leadership, Program Area + -

(Curriculum and Instruction)

The goal of the Teacher Leadership Specialty Area is to prepare students to assume a variety of leadership roles in public and private schools, educational agencies, and college or university settings. More >>

Master of Science in Education in Workforce Education and Development + -

(Workforce Education and Development)

The master's degree with a major in workforce education and development is designed to accommodate a broad range of individuals preparing for training, instructional and administrative roles in career and technical education, business, industry, government, and other fields. More >>

Graduate Certificate in Gerontology+ -

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is open to post-bachelor level students who are interested in the area of gerontology. It is designed to provide knowledge, skills, and specialized training in programs and services for older persons. The certificate includes core courses on aging in the following areas: social work, rehabilitation, health, exercise and education. Courses within the certification program will include, but not be limited to: policy and program issues, psychosocial issues and health and fitness issues. The coursework also includes a practicum in an agency suitable to the individual’s interest. Students must complete 18 semester hours of study including a minimum of three hours of practicum, to earn the certificate. More >>