Empowered Minds Learning Together

Rockford University offers several programs of study which meet the professional requirements for teachers in Illinois and most other states. Rockford University, in cooperation with PLS 3rd Learning, also offers several graduate-level courses designed to provide practical, up-to-date teaching strategies for practicing educators. These courses are acceptable as an area of concentration in the Instructional Strategies program and as electives in all other programs.

Our Licensure Programs 

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • K-12 Physical Education Licensure
  • K-12 
  • Special Education

Endorsement Plans of Study ‌‌

  • Bilingual
  • ESL 
  • Reading Specialist
  • Learning Behavior Specialist I

Other Tracks

  • Instructional Strategies
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.)

MAT: Admission Requirements

For admission to the MAT program, students must submit the following to be evaluated:

Submission of the above does not guarantee admission
**You MUST be admitted prior to taking your 12th credit hour**

MEd: Admission Requirements

For admission to the MEd program, students must submit the following to be evaluated:

Length of the Programs

  • 2-3 years depending upon which track you are in and the number of courses taken per semester
  • Students have up to five years to complete all degree requirements



Student Administrative Services
Nelson Hall - first floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
Lisa Blakeley-Snyder

Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

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