The School of Education at Saint Xavier University prepares educators who are broadly and liberally educated, competent in content and methodologies, and skillful in teaching all children in contemporary schools.
The program in secondary education is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. This information sheet outlines requirements for an initial secondary education certificate in the state of Illinois as well as the requirements for the master of arts degree in education.
Major Areas with Approved Programs
- English/Language Arts
- Social Science/ History
Middle Grade Endorsement
To earn this endorsement, candidates are required to have the equivalent of three semester hours of middle grade philosophy, curriculum, instruction and methods, and to 3 credit hours of advanced adolescent psychology in addition to 18 credit hours in one subject area.
33 credit hours for certification plus 9 or 12 credit hours for degree.
All coursework must be completed within five years of admission. A cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 must be maintained; a grade of D is not acceptable toward satisfying degree or certification requirements. Not more than 6 credit hours of appropriate graduate credit, taken prior to being admitted to Saint Xavier University and taken within the past five years, may be transferred from another institution.