Master of Arts in Teaching

Graduate Programs

Alternative Licensure Programs

Information Sessions

Interested in the Alternative Licensure Programs at Saint Xavier University? Attend one of our upcoming information sessions!

Program Description

The alternative licensure path is an option for prospective early childhood education, elementary education, middle level education and secondary education teachers who need to earn a salary while pursuing a teaching license. This alternative licensure program enables candidates to hold a paid position as the teacher of record while pursuing an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL).

Our alternative licensure programs follow rigorous guidelines that include:

Candidates enroll in six semesters of program coursework including two intensive summer sessions as they complete a 42-credit hour program leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).

The alternative licensure programs simultaneously combines accelerated coursework with classroom experiences and one-to-one mentoring. Courses are designed for hybrid/blended delivery; all face-to-face class meetings are scheduled for evenings.

Candidates in this program will have the guidance and support of a site-based mentor/coach and a University coordinator throughout the two years of required provisional teaching.

Alternative Tracks

Early Childhood Education Track

Candidates of this program will obtain classroom experiences and one-to-one mentoring. Candidates in this program will have the guidance and support of a mentor teacher, a University coordinator and a site coach throughout the two years of required provisional teaching

The Early Childhood Education program requires that applicants have one of the following:

  • a degree in English/language arts, mathematics, one of the physical sciences, or one of the social sciences.
  • the equivalent of a degree - 32 credit hours in English/language arts, mathematics, one of the physical sciences, or one of the social sciences.
  • 32 credit hours in a combination of the 4 core content areas - English/language arts, mathematics, physical sciences, and social sciences.

Please view the admission requirements page, as well as the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog for additional information.

Elementary Education Track

Candidates in this program will be prepared to teach students from first to sixth grade. Candidates will focus on multiple content areas such as reading, writing, science, health, social science, fine arts and physical education.

The Elementary Education program requires that applicants have one of the following:

  • a degree in English/language arts, mathematics, one of the physical sciences, or one of the social sciences.
  • the equivalent of a degree - 32 credit hours in English/language arts, mathematics, one of the physical sciences, or one of the social sciences.
  • 32 credit hours in a combination of the 4 core content areas - English/language arts, mathematics, physical sciences, and social sciences.

Please view the admission requirements page, as well as the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog for additional information.

Middle Level Education Track

Candidates in this program will be prepared to teach students from fifth to eighth grade. Candidates will focus on content- specific middle level methods.

The Middle Level Education program requires that applicants have one of the following:

  • a degree in English/language arts, mathematics, one of the physical sciences, or one of the social sciences.
  • the equivalent of a degree - 32 credit hours in English/language arts, mathematics, one of the physical sciences, or one of the social sciences.

Please view the admission requirements page, as well as the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog for additional information.

Secondary Education Track (includes Music K-12 and Spanish K-12)

Candidates in this program will be prepared to teach students from ninth to twelfth grade. Candidates will focus on content- specific secondary methods.

The Secondary Education program requires that applicants have one of the following:

  • a degree in art, biology, chemistry, computer science, English/language arts, history, mathematics, music, physics, political science, or Spanish.
  • the equivalent of a degree - 32 credit hours in art, biology, chemistry, computer science, English/language arts, history, mathematics, music, physics, political science, or Spanish.

Please view the admission requirements page, as well as the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog for additional information.

 

For more information please review the Master of Arts in Teaching (PDF) information booklet.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact the Graduate Admission Office at graduateadmission@sxu.edu or 773-298-3053.