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Multicategorical Special Education Program FAQs

Learn more about the Multicategorical Special Education Program in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Who is eligible to apply to the program?

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

What is the cost of the program?

You can view the cost of the program on the Tuition and Fees page.

What if I am a licensed teacher?

If you are a licensed teacher, you might not have to take all the program requirements (you will be notified upon admission to SXU's Education Department, following a transcript review). You also will complete a practicum (shorter period of time, offered in the summer) instead of student teaching.

What is a cohort?

A cohort group is a group of graduate students who take a sequence of courses leading to a degree together. Support and camaraderie grow from the arrangement.

Where do I do my practicum or student teaching?

At a school or site designated by Saint Xavier University's Education Department.

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 be readmitted to another cohort or when the sequence of courses allow. You might have to pay a new rate of tuition if you join a different group. Also you must comply with the rules governing the new cohort that you join, including any additional coursework or testing.

How do I apply for the LBS I license?

Once you complete the required coursework and have passed all the state tests, you will be contacted by the licensure officer, who will forward the application form to you. Complete the forms online and return them to the licensure officer in order to be referred for entitlement.

How many state tests are required for receiving the LBS I license?

If already licensed, two or perhaps three:

  • General curriculum for special education (#163), which must be taken and passed prior to taking the EDGSP 525.
  • Content area test, LBS I (#155), which must be taken and passed prior to student teaching or practicum

If not already licensed, four:

  • The Basic Skills Requirement can be met in one of 7 ways:

      • a passing score on the "old" Illinois Tests of Basic Skills (096 or 300) -- replaced by the current Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP,) or
      • a passing score on all 4 sections of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), or
      • 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 9/1/2015 (scores can be combined from two different score reports), or
      • a composite score on the ACT Plus Writing of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 16 in Writing on tests taken between 9/1/2015 and 9/1/2016 (scores can be combined from two different score reports), or
      • a composite score on the ACT Plus Writing of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 6 in Writing on tests taken after 9/1/2016 (scores can be combined from two different score reports), or
      • 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 3/5/2016 (scores can be combined from two different score reports), or
      • 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 3/5/2016 (scores can be combined from two different score reports).
  • General curriculum for special education (#163), which must be taken and passed prior to taking EDGSP 525.
  • Content area test, LBS I (#155), which must be taken and passed prior to student teaching or practicum
  • edTPA which must be taken and passed during student teaching

How do I sign up for the state tests?

You can apply online by visiting the Illinois Licensure Testing System website.

How are courses in the cohort scheduled?

During fall (August-December and spring (January-May) semesters, courses meet one night per week (the same night of the week for the cohort) from 5 to 9:30 p.m. During the summer terms (May-July), courses meet two nights per week (the cohort night plus one other night) from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

Are there any breaks during the schedule?

Cohorts typically do not meet from mid-December to mid-January and from mid-July to mid-August. In addition, there is typically a one-week spring break, usually in March.