2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

College of Social Science and Education

Professor—Brian Reinhard, Kathy Taylor
Associate Professors—Karlene Johnson, Mark Lamb
Assistant Professors—Paul Alvord, Dave Holden, Heather Johnson, Roy Mulholland, Laura Schaub


Greenville University has been preparing educators to teach God’s children in our culturally diverse world since 1929.  This legacy continues today as we prepare future teachers to create classroom environments that promote cooperation and responsibility, support self-worth, affirm the dignity of all students, and stimulate learning.  We focus our programs around robust, practical classroom experiences.

In keeping with the institutional mission, preparing teachers to address character-education and the social and emotional learning needs of their students in their classrooms is a significant marker in our program. This preparation is accomplished with our faith and learning integration, which is embedded into each of our programs.

The education program is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education, which participates in an interstate licensure agreement with 37 other states and the District of Columbia. In 2014, Greenville University received accreditation under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) standards. Now Greenville University is accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Institutional memberships include the American and Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education in Private Colleges, the American and Illinois Association for School, College and University Staffing, and the Association of Christian Schools International.

The Master of Arts in Education is designed for teachers and others who wish to continue their professional development by earning an advanced degree. This program does not lead to licensure, however it may in some cases lead to an additional endorsement. Admission is contingent upon graduation from an accredited institution of higher learning.

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree where students major in Elementary Education is designed to prepare individuals to teach grades one through six. This unique program begins with four foundational education classes taught online. After the initial courses are completed, students take hybrid courses that involve workshops at partnership campuses at Kaskaskia College, Lewis & Clark Community College, Lincoln Land Community College, Southwestern Illinois College, or Lincoln Christian University. This is an Illinois licensure program.