University of Illinois—​Urbana-​Champaign

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Distinguishing Characteristics

Graduate program(s)
Human Resource Development Global Studies in Education
Health Profession Education New Learning
eLearning Diversity and Equity in Education
Curriculum, Technology, & Education Reform Evidence-Based Decision Making
Distinguishing characteristics of online program (as submitted by school)

Our 1st online degree program was started in 1998, so we have a long, successful history in online learning. PhD-qualified faculty teach our online courses & we have highly ranked programs. We use identical high standards for curriculum for both online & f2f courses. We offer web-based student orientation & our sync course sessions provide real-time interaction with peers & faculty. Students benefit from our 12+ course tech assistants, available to help learners with technology problems.

School type Public
Grad programs NCATE accredited No
Grad programs TEAC accredited No
Terms Courses are developed by faculty to meet specific instructional objectives and permit flexibility for students. Courses run for 8, 10, and 16 weeks.

Program Offerings

Advanced degree programs offered
Education Specialist N/A
Ph.D. N/A
Ed.D. N/A
Online master's in education degree programs 8
Concentrations offered
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas
Educational Psychology
Categories of study offered to master's students
Teaching track Yes
Counseling/Psychology track N/A
Administration track Yes
Research/Policy track Yes

Course Offerings

Credit-granting courses 61


Instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 30 full-time; 16 part-time
Instructional faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree 100% full-time; 100% part-time
Tenured or tenure-track faculty 28
Average experience teaching online courses 4 years
Program fully finances faculty training Yes
Tech staff supporting faculty 8 full-time; 21 part-time

Class Size

Average class size 11
Maximum class size 25

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Yes
Can earn degree entirely abroad Yes
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations No
Group projects/simulations No
Exams No
Classes include campus-based students No
Collaboration among online and campus students No face-to-face students
Students enroll as online students School-specific policy
Credits earned online equal earned on campus Yes
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus All
Same curricula for online and campus students All


One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates


Graduation rates
Graduation rates
Most frequent duration of time for new students to graduate 2.0 years
Program target time to graduate 2 years
Required time to earn degree 5 years

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