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Education, Community Psychology, and ITEC- New at University Center

Updated: Oct 24, 2023





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May 5, 2023


University Center of Lake County Adds Six New Programs


Grayslake, Illinois—The Governing Board of the University Center of Lake County voted on March 1 to add four new graduate degrees and two professional development certificates to the Center’s program array. The six programs are offerings from four of the University Center’s thirteen member universities and most will begin in the summer or fall of 2023.

Concordia University Chicago (CUC) will add their MA in Educational Technology Curriculum and Instruction program, aimed at current K-12 teachers who want to learn to use technology more effectively in their online and classroom teaching. Concordia will also add their MA in Special Education. It enables licensed educators to complete the coursework necessary for the LBS1 endorsement. Both programs are offered in an online format, with new cohorts starting each semester, as of May 2023, through the University Center.


Northeastern Illinois University will also offer a professional licensure program aimed at current K-12 teachers, a six-course Reading Teacher Endorsement program. It will run on a cohort model, beginning in May of 2023, with courses offered fully online and synchronous Zoom sessions.


National Louis University (NLU) will add a PhD in Community Psychology which focuses on prevention rather than intervention, and on better understanding the connection between individuals and the community, providing a strong foundation in research and evaluation so that its graduates can help communities build tools for change. This NLU program is aimed at people who already hold master’s degrees and will build on that prior work so that students can complete the PhD in as few as three years through a combination of evening/weekend and fully online coursework. Dependent on enrollment, the program will begin either in the fall 2023 quarter or in the winter 2024 quarter.


Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) will offer two programs for those interested in computers and technology. The BS in Information Technology (ITEC) program is aimed at community college graduates with associate degrees in technical fields aligned with ITEC and at students currently working in related fields who wish to complete a bachelor’s degree for career advancement. The ITEC program focuses on the practical application of technology. Taught by industry professionals, the courses cover computer networking and communications, computer and information security, web technologies, data management, and programming. It will be offered in an online format as of summer or fall of 2023. SIUC will also offer a post-baccalaureate certificate in Cybersecurity. Students with undergraduate preparation in computer science will complete eighteen hours of graduate coursework; students whose undergraduate degree was unrelated will first complete four bridge courses to prepare them for the graduate coursework.


To learn more about any of these programs call 847/665-4000 or visit https://www.ucenter.org/ where you can find further details and schedule an advising appointment.

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