Dual Licensure: Special & Elementary Education

Today's special educators are versatile, multi-talented teachers who bring support services into the general education classroom and who collaborate and co-teach with general educators to give students with disabilities access to the same curriculum as other students. 

This intensive, two-year Special and Elementary Education (SEE) dual licensure concentration in the Literacy and Specialized Instruction master's degree program is designed for individuals with bachelor's degrees in fields other than education who want to become teaching professionals. Students benefit greatly when both the in-depth understanding of subject matter at the elementary level and the best practices and strategies of special education are found in one outstanding teacher.

With this highly flexible degree, graduates are fully qualified to work as both elementary classroom teachers and as special educators. Graduates may work in a variety of public or private school settings including elementary classrooms, inclusion classrooms, special education resource rooms or self-contained special education classrooms. They may also work in private learning centers or in private practice. 

Interested in applying for admission to this program? Learn more about the application process and find out about how to apply.

Degree Program

Master of Arts (MA) 
Master of Education (MEd)


The SEE program leads to both a Special Educator license - Learning and Behavior Specialist I (LBS1) and an Elementary Educator (K-9) license from the Illinois State Board of Eduation. 

Program Format

To accommodate working professionals, the SEE program offers courses that meet on weekday evenings at DePaul's Lincoln Park campus; some courses may meet fully online or in a hybrid combination of online and on-campus sessions.

Program Requirements

The SEE program includes 80 hours of coursework in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education, Elementary Education, and Literacy and Specialized Instruction; however, teaching licensure requires more than a series of courses - there are special requirements such as completing field experiences, applying for advanced standing, passing state-mandated tests, and completing a full-time student teaching internship.

In addtion to these requirements, students in the MA program complete a four-credit hour course that requires a thesis and an oral defense (84 quarter hours in total.)

Want to learn more? For detailed information about program requirements, see the official DePaul University Graduate Catalog.