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Graduate Programs FAQs

Secondary Education Program FAQs

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 OR CPS school? Would I be able to complete my field experiences in my classroom?

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

What is the cost of the program?

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

Where do I do my field experiences?

At a site designated by Saint Xavier University'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 and join another cohort when the sequence of courses allow. You might have to pay a new rate of tuition if you have to join a different group. You also have to comply with rules governing the cohort to which you are re-admitted.

How do I apply for the licensure?

Once you complete the required coursework and have passed all the state test(s), you must attend a workshop and contact the Licensure Officer who will forward the application form to you. Complete the forms online and return them in order to be referred for entitlement.

How many state tests are required for the license?

Three tests:

1.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).

2. Content Area Test

3. APT for 6-12 (#103)

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. But you may apply for jobs while you are student teaching and continue your education toward the completion of 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 licensed teacher?

You will take the coursework along with the group but do a practicum instead of a student teaching.

Is student teaching in summer a possibility?

No.

Will I have to take any additional courses for my major?

The Admission Committee will review your transcript to ensure that your undergraduate coursework (especially in the areas of Science and Social Sciences) meet the standards. If there is any deficiency, a list of courses will be mailed to you.

How do I sign up for the state tests?

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