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Elementary Education Program FAQs

Read some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Elementary Education Program at Saint Xavier University.

Who is eligible to apply to the program?

Any individual with a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

What if I teach at a private CPS school?

You may use your classroom for a portion of your field experiences and student teaching.

What is a cohort?

At Saint Xavier University's Education Department, a cohort is a group of graduate students who take a sequence of courses leading to a degree together.

Where do I do my field experiences?

At a site designated by SXU's Education Department. If you work at a school, you might use your school for a portion of your field experiences.

What if I leave my cohort and later decide to rejoin?

If you leave your cohort due to unforeseeable circumstances and inform your advisor, you may rejoin your cohort or join another cohort when the sequence of courses allows for you to join. You might have to pay a new rate of tuition if you have to join a different group.

How do I apply for licensure?

Once you complete the required coursework and pass the state test(s), you either attend a workshop or contact the licensure officer who will, after checking your records, submit an entitlement to the State website. In the aforementioned workshop you request an official transcript be sent to the Illinois State Board of Education. Once the entitlement has been verified, you will register the license with both the state and regional Office of Education (near your job location or near your home). Fees are involved. Once you have registered your license, you are set to teach.

How many state tests are required for the license?

The Basic Skills Requirement can be met in one of seven ways:

  • A passing score on the "old" Illinois Tests of Basic Skills (096 or 300) -- replaced by the current Test of Academic Proficiency.
  • A passing score on all 4 sections of the Test of Academic Proficiency.
  • A composite score on the ACT Plus Writing of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 19 on the Combined English/Writing on tests taken before September 1, 2015 (scores can be combined from two different score reports).
  • A composite score on the ACT Plus Writing of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 16 in Writing on tests taken between September 1, 2015 and September 1, 2016 (scores can be combined from two different score reports).
  • A composite score on the ACT Plus Writing of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 6 in Writing on tests taken after September 1, 2016 (scores can be combined from two different score reports).
  • A composite score on the SAT of 1030 (Critical Reading + Mathematics = 1030 or higher)and a minimum score of 450 on writing on tests taken before March 5, 2016 (scores can be combined from two different score reports).
  • A composite score on the SAT of 1110 (Evidence-based Reading and Writing + Mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on Writing and Language Test on tests taken on or after March 5, 2016 (scores can be combined from two different score reports).

The other tests include the Content Area Test (#110) and the Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) 188.

What if I do not want to receive my master's degree because it reduces my chances of finding a job?

Having a master's degree will not be a disadvantage for hiring an individual. You may apply for jobs while you are student teaching and continuing your education toward the degree.

What if I work during the day?

All our cohort classes meet in the evening, but you have to be prepared to do your field experiences during the day (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) when schools are in session.

What if I am already a certified teacher?

You will take the coursework along with the group; however, you will complete a practicum instead of a student teaching.

Is student teaching in summer a possibility?

No.

How much will the program and courses cost?

You can view the cost of the program on the 2017-2018 Summary of Tuition and Fees (PDF).

How do I sign up for the state tests?

You can apply online at www.icts.nesinc.com.