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Graduate Programs

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For more than 50 years, Rockford University has provided opportunities for graduate study. Our graduate programs offer a sound academic tradition which can be tailored to suit individual needs.

Since 1952, the Rockford University Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree has established a proud tradition as a teacher of teachers. Our MAT graduates have distinguished themselves as educational leaders throughout the nation.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree began in 1980 after extensive study of the needs of the Rockford area business and corporate community. With these needs in mind, our MBA program has become a vital and integral part of both the community and the University.

Small classes and a professional, experienced, and dedicated faculty provide our graduate students with a quality learning experience.

 

Graduate Student Documents


Graduate Student Documents

Graduate Certificate Program

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GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

We’re looking for people who want to change things for the better and want to change them now! If you’d like to become a better business person without a long-term business school commitment, our Graduate Certificate in Business Administration could be just right for you.
It’s practical. The Graduate Certificate program is a value-added feature of the PURI School of Business, providing an advanced-level business series for professionals who want stronger business skills, but aren’t necessarily thinking MBA. It’s comprised of five of our core MBA courses, each designed to build and improve upon your basic business skills. Classes are kept small to allow you to share with other students and learn from their management experiences.

The Graduate Certificate courses are: Legal Environment of Business, Management and Leadership Theory and Practice, Marketing, Organizational Communication and one MBA elective of your choice.

It’s convenient. Courses are scheduled with the needs of working professionals in mind. All are offered at least twice a year and run for 15-16 weeks in the fall and spring and for eight weeks in the summer. You could complete your Graduate Certificate in Business Administration in as little as one year.

It’s surprisingly affordable. The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration offers you a series of graduate-level business courses for less than you would expect to pay for a couple of week-long seminars.

The benefits. If you own your own business, you’ll run it more effectively. If you work for someone else, you’ll be a more valuable employee. And if you happen to fall in love with the program, all your certificate credits will apply toward earning your MBA at Rockford University.

As a business leader, you have the power to promote astonishing changes–in your business, in your community, and in your world. If that sounds exciting to you, please contact us.

More information about the Graduate Certificate Program

Requirements and Policies

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REQUIREMENTS AND POLICIES

  • Students must maintain a 3.00 GPA in all required graduate course work attempted in the MAT program.
  • A “B” average is required in all 600 level foundations courses, with no courses accepted in which graded below a “C” have been earned. A 600 level foundations course can be repeated only once.
  • Students with baccalaureate degrees from accredited colleges or universities may register for graduate level course work for which they have met the prerequisites as non-degree seeking students-at-large.
  • If a student chooses to apply to the MAT program to seek a degree, only a maximum of 12 hours will be accepted at the time of matriculation upon the approval of the MAT committee.
  • Students are expected to enroll in at least one course every school year (fall semester through summer session). Students who are not enrolled for two years (six concurrent semesters), which includes summer semesters, will be deactivated. To be readmitted, students must reapply and follow the rules, regulations, and requirements in effect at the time of reapplication.
  • For Rockford University’s policy on adding and dropping courses, please refer to the Rockford University Academic Regulations.
  • Matriculated students must have signed Plans of Study on file before they will be allowed to register for certain courses or graduate. Plans must be developed in consultation with their advisors before the pre-registration period.
  • Students must complete all requirements for the degree within five years.
  • Upon approval, a maximum of six semester hours of appropriate graduate credit completed elsewhere within the past five years, with a grade of at least B, may be counted toward the degree requirements. The courses must not be part of another master’s degree program.Determination of the acceptance of transfer credit will be made at the time of matriculation.  Application for transfer credit subsequent to matriculation must be approved before students register for courses at other institutions.
  • Students seeking state licensure as part of the MAT program must take and pass one of the following: Basic Skills Test, Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), ACT w/Writing, SAT test, prior to taking specific classes.
  • Some graduate courses are dual-listed with undergraduate courses. Course requirements will differ for graduate students enrolled in these courses.
  • All Instructional Strategies MAT students are required to submit a professional portfolio which shows concrete, observable evidence of mastery of teaching skills. Complete details on this portfolio will be provided upon admittance.
  • Typically, the MAT degree is a 36 credit hour program. However, a 32 credit hour plus thesis/project option is available. Full details on this option will be made available upon request.
  • Students must complete and submit to the Graduate Office two graduation forms, along with the graduation fee in order to have their degree posted on their transcript.  Forms can be found on this website.

It is your responsibility to be familiar with all of the policies and procedures of your program.  A complete list of policies and procedures listed in the Academic Catalog.

Student Administrative Services
Nelson Hall - first floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4040
Lisa Blakeley-Snyder
lblakeleysnyder@rockford.edu

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

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Registration Form and Classes

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REGISTRATION FORM AND CLASSES

Online Course Schedule

Rockford University offers a real-time search-able schedule and catalog descriptions. You may also do a more specific search using a “Keyword” or by specifying the exact “Course” number. Begin a search >>

Downloadable Course Schedule ‌

In addition, a class schedule is also available for download. The schedules are updated periodically, but may not reflect the most current information.

Schedules Available:

Please note that the schedule is subject to change so be sure to check for updates as they become available.

Registration Form

Please complete and submit the form for MAT course registration and click the submit button to send.  There is a non-refundable $50.00 registration fee each semester. (This does not apply to PLS registrations).

  • I agree to pay tuition, room and board (if applicable), and all other applicable fees when due as stated in the current Rockford University Catalog (Academic Catalog).  I acknowledge that I have read the most current Rockford University Academic Catalog and understand the University’s policies concerning the amount and due dates for the foregoing charges.  If any of the foregoing charges are not paid for a period of thirty (30) days after due, then, in addition to any other remedies the University may have, a finance charge of 1.5% per month will be added to the amount which is past due.  The annual percentage rate will be 18%.  Further, should the University place my account in the hands of an attorney for collection, I will pay all costs and attorneys’ fees incurred in attempting to collect the account.
  • If I drop from some or all of my courses and become eligible for a refund as a result, I understand that it is my responsibility to notify the Office of Student Administrative Services in writing to request a refund in accordance with the policy listed in the catalog.  I further understand that my failure to send written notice may result in a forfeiture of some or all of my refund.ie

You must notify the Graduate Office by the drop date to drop a course without financial penalty.

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Student Administrative Services
Nelson Hall - first floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4040
Lisa Blakeley-Snyder
lblakeleysnyder@rockford.edu

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Apply to the Program

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APPLY TO THE PROGRAM

Apply Now

To apply to Rockford University’s MAT program, please fill out and submit the online application.

International Student Application

If you are an international student, please use our International Student Application.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Student Administrative Services
Nelson Hall - first floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4040
Lisa Blakeley-Snyder
lblakeleysnyder@rockford.edu

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

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Fees and Financial Aid

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FEES AND FINANCIAL AID

Graduate Studies (MAT and MBA) Fee Schedule

Graduate application fee $50
Transcript evaluation (MAT) $75
Tuition 2016-2017 $710 per credit hour
Tuition 2015-2016 $710 per credit hour
Non-refundable registration fee per semester $50
Graduation fee $115
Transfer credit fee $20 per course
Transcript (official) $5
   
GMAT Test (MBA) $250
MBA Prerequisite Test $50

Financial Aid

There is a limited amount of financial aid that Rockford University offers to its admitted graduate students. Learn more >>

Grants

The Part-Time Student Voucher Grant provides a $150 per credit hour discount, up to $900 per semester, to part-time degree-seeking or certification-seeking students in good academic standing, subject to these restrictions:

  • Application forms are required each semester and due within 10 days after the semester begins.
  • Students who receive tuition reimbursement from outside sources are not eligible.
  • Students may not use this grant in conjunction with other scholarships or aid plans (grants and loans).
  • Students must be enrolled in 6 hours or less to qualify and in good academic standing.

Application forms are available at Student Administrative Services (SAS) or the Graduate Studies Office.

Additional fees not listed here may also apply and are subject to change without notice.

 

Employee Reimbursement /Tuition Deferment Program

Rockford University will defer your tuition payment until after you have completed the semester to allow time for your employer to reimburse you. The program is limited to reimbursable tuition costs only; registration fees and textbook costs are not eligible for deferment, even though you may receive reimbursement for these costs. Please ask for a Tuition Deferment Form at the Office of Graduate Studies.

Learn more about our Employer Reimbursement/Tuition Deferment Program >>

 

 

MBA—Additional Information

The Rockford University MBA program offers a $250 per credit hour scholarship to employees of public and not-for-profit organizations desiring to take courses leading to an MBA. The discount is available only to those currently receiving less than 50 percent of the cost of tuition and applies to a maximum of two courses per semester.

Student Administrative Services
Nelson Hall - first floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4040
Lisa Blakeley-Snyder
lblakeleysnyder@rockford.edu

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

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Faculty and Staff

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FACULTY AND STAFF

 

 


 

Associate Professor; Chair and Unit Head, Department of Education
Ed.D, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
M.A., Marshall University, Huntington, WV
B.S., Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Phone: 815-394-5071
E-mail: CMccullough@rockford.edu
Adjunct Professor of Education
Dean, College of Social Sciences, Commerce and Education; Professor of Education
Ph.D., Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Southern Illinois University
M.Ed., Education, Salisbury State University
B.Mus., Music Education, West Virginia University
Phone: 815-394-5204
E-mail: DDew@rockford.edu
Dr. Debra Dew serves as the Director of Elementary Education. In addition to securing clinical placements for students seeking elementary certification, she teaches the middle school programs class, the elementary student teaching seminar, and the field experience class. She has extensive experience as a K-12 music teacher in the Maryland Public Schools.

Dr. Dew received her BMUS from West Virginia University, her MS from Salisbury State University, and her Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University. She is a member of the Association of Teacher Educators, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and Phi Delta Kappa.Debra Dew is a former public school music teacher. She teaches middle and secondary education methods courses and specializes in effective practice related to teacher education. An active member of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), Dr. Dew has served on several national committees.
Unit Compliance Accreditation Specialist
M.A.T., Teacher Leadership, University of Illinois-Springfield
B.S., Early Childhood Education, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign
Phone: 815-394-4377
E-mail: LEaston@rockford.edu

Laura Easton serves as the Education Unit’s Accreditation Compliance Specialist, who oversees the assessment plan and federal and state accreditation projects for the Education program. Laura is also an early childhood adjunct instructor. She has experience in teaching kindergarten and early elementary students in the greater Rockford area.

Assistant Director of the Library of Congress Project
Phone: 815-226-3336
E-mail: MGriffith@rockford.edu
Assistant Professor of Education
Ph.D., History of Education, Indiana University
M.A., Ethnomusicology, University of Limerick (Ireland)
B.M., Music Education, Ithaca College
Phone: 815-226-4097
E-mail: JHardesty@rockford.edu
Jacob Hardesty is an Assistant Professor of Education at Rockford University, where he teaches foundations courses in educational history and research methods.  He completed his Ph.D. in 2013 at Indiana University in educational history.  His work has appeared in the High Ability Studies, American Educational History Journal, a forthcoming issue of History of Education Quarterly, and edited volumes.  He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education.  Dr. Hardesty has a B.M. in Music Education from Ithaca College and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick, Ireland.  Before coming to Rockford, he taught music for four years in public and Catholic schools, as well as education courses at DePauw University and Indiana University.

Dr. Hardesty’s primary research interest involves the historical connections and tensions between popular culture and public education. His dissertation, which he is currently revising as a book, explores educators’ perceptions and responses toward the impact jazz would have on young people in the 1920s. More than a musical genre, jazz operated as the clearest diving line between a Victorianist ethos of restraint and an emerging modernist alternative. Despite a general dislike among both groups, university faculty and administrators allowed students more agency to shape the culture of their institutions than their secondary school colleagues, who sought to minimize young people’s exposure to jazz.
Adjunct Associate Professor of Education, Visiting Lecture, & 1st Year Advisor
Phone: 815-226-4174
E-mail: RJames@rockford.edu
Licensure Officer
Phone: 815-226-4159
E-mail: EJohnson-Lovett@rockford.edu

Elizabeth Johnson-Lovett is the Licensure Officer with the Education Department at Rockford University. Elizabeth started working at Rockford in the Education Department as the Administrative Assistant. After working with the Education Department and Education students for four years, she took on the role as the Certification/Licensure Officer. Elizabeth is the liaison to the Illinois State Board of Education and entitles teacher candidates with their teaching licenses and endorsements.


Elizabeth has been involved in teaching and education for a number of years. She has a passion to help students learn so they can become productive and engaging community members. She currently serves as a school board member to a local school district and has been serving since 2005. Elizabeth has also been teaching CCD at her church for over 20 years. She has taught grades Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade.


By being employed at Rockford University, Elizabeth was able to complete her long time goal to complete her Bachelor’s Degree. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Management Studies in May 2011. Elizabeth proved to her two daughters that you are never too old to learn and achieve your goal. Both of Elizabeth’s daughters have attended Rockford University. Her oldest daughter is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Management Studies while also working full time.

Adjunct Professor of Education
Visiting Assistant Professor of Education
Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Northern Illinois University
M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
B.A., Education, Eastern Illinois University
Phone: 815-226-3337
E-mail: SueSmith@rockford.edu

I have been involved in the field of Education since 1974. During my time in Prek-12 education, I have been a high school English/Journalism teacher, an elementary principal, middle school principal, assistant superintendent and a superintendent. During my eighteen years in the classroom, I coached several sports including tennis, cross-country, and track.


As an administrator for 15 years, I worked with all of facets of administration including the administration of the bilingual, Title 1, and school improvement grants as well as being in charge of the day-to-day operation of a building or district. Since I have come to Rockford University, I have continued to serve the field of education by preparing future educators by teaching classes in middle school methods, classroom management, and student teaching.

Associate Professor of Education
M.A.T., Reading Specialist, Rockford University
M.S., Education, Administration, Northern Illinois University
M.S., Education, Special Education, Loyola University, Maryland
B.S., Theology, Way College of Biblical Research, Indiana
B.S., Physical Education, Towson University, Maryland
A.A., Harford Junior College
Phone: 815-226-4181
E-mail: LStafford@rockford.edu

Professor Stafford brings to the Rockford University community teaching expertise from the regular classroom to separate setting special education classrooms; preschool to adult; recreation, camps and conferences; instruction to supervision.  She received the “Excellence in Teaching” award for Rockford University in 2013 and has been acknowledged by the Illinois Board of Education as “Those Who Excel” for classroom teacher.  She serves as Special Education Faculty in the Education Department providing instruction on exceptional children – Survey, Methods, Classroom and Behavior Management, Literacy, and Diagnosis. Lynn is a member of the Council of Exceptional Children, Kappa Delta Pi, Illinois Reading Council and the Association and Supervision of Curriculum Instruction.  She has served on accreditation university teams for ISBE, Content Test review teams for Pearson and is a qualified scorer for licensure for edTPA. She provides professional development for local agencies and serves as a tutor for the Rockford Area Literacy Council.

Assistant Professor of Education
B.A., Coker College
M.A., University of Alabama
Ph.D., University of Alabama
Phone: 815-226-3365
E-mail: JSwindle@rockford.edu
Associate Professor of Education: Director, Reading Specialist program
M.A.T., Reading, National University, Costa Mesa, California
B.A., Liberal Studies, Concordia University, Irvine, California
Phone: 815-226-4178
E-mail: KWagner@rockford.edu

Kimberlee Wagner is an Associate Professor in the Education Department. She teaches literacy courses in the early childhood, elementary, and reading specialist programs. Professor Wagner spent six years teaching elementary grades in Southern California. After moving to Illinois in 2003, Professor Wagner taught art, music, Title I Reading, and Reading Recovery in several local school districts.  Professor Wagner received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Concordia University in Irvine, California, and her MAT in Reading from National University in Costa Mesa, California. She is currently in the dissertation phase of an Ed.D in Reading, Language, and Literacy at National Louis University. Her research interests are guided reading and professional development practices for teachers.

Adjunct Professor of Education
Adjunct Professor of Education
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education
Adjunct Professor of Education
Adjunct Professor of Education

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Office of Graduate Studies
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4040
fax: 815-394-3706
Michele Mehren, Assistant Director
MMehren@rockford.edu

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

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Off-Campus Programs

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OFF-CAMPUS PROGRAMS

‌‌‌‌Since 1998, Rockford University has offered the instructional strategies track of the MAT. This track is offered at various off-campus sites throughout the state.  The core of the instructional strategies track is a series of courses offered in partnership with PLS 3rd Learning, a course-designer firm with a national reputation for quality. PLS 3rd Learning courses are practical, based on evidence from best practices and research, and are filled with ideas that you can use in your classroom immediately. Foundations of education courses and electives, which are common to all MAT tracks, offer the theoretical foundations that guide your professional practice.

In our most recent quality review, the North Central Association commented that “The Instructional Strategies MAT program fulfills an identified user need perceived by participants and their school officials as being without equal,” and that “University personnel are highly praised for their attentiveness to student needs as evidenced both in written evaluations and team interviews.”

 You will find that even though you may live many miles from Rockford, you can obtain an answer to any question you have from our friendly, competent Graduate Studies Office staff. All of us in the Graduate Studies Office consider our off-campus program participants to be valuable members of the Rockford University community. You also will find that the Rockford University master’s degree program is surprisingly affordable, with a full range of payment options.

We are pleased that you are considering the Rockford University master’s degree program from the many options that are available to you. Of the programs currently offered, Rockford University is among the most beneficial to teachers. We invite you to take the first step toward earning your MAT at Rockford University. More about PLS 3rd Learning

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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**

Off-Campus Schedule

EDUC 605-03, Philosophical Foundations of Education 
Lebanon Elementary School, Lebanon, IL
Sundays, August 13, October 8, 15, 22, 29

Rome Grade School, Dix, IL 
Saturdays, August 12; October 14, 28: November 4, 17(Friday evening 4:00 p.m.)

 

 

 

Student Administrative Services
Nelson Hall - first floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4040
Lisa Blakeley-Snyder
lblakeleysnyder@rockford.edu

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

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About the MAT and MEd

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ABOUT THE MAT AND MEd

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

 

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Student Administrative Services
Nelson Hall - first floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4040
Lisa Blakeley-Snyder
lblakeleysnyder@rockford.edu

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

Chat with an Admission Counselor