Saint Xavier University Chicago Campus

Department of Education

Online Programs

Elementary Education

This new graduate program will prepare teacher candidates for an Illinois Professional Educators License with an endorsement to teach students in Grades 1-6. The new program will be offered in both the traditional and online delivery formats. The traditional program will be available for those candidates who prefer the face-to-face classroom setting. The online delivery format will offer weekly flexibility for teacher candidates, particularly career changers and paraprofessionals, who must balance their coursework with jobs and family commitments. The online format will be open to teacher candidates across state of Illinois who otherwise may not be able to attend SXU on-campus classes. Offering the program in either format is dependent on the need of student applicants.

Graduation Requirements

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 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.


The Reading Program is designed to strengthen practicing teachers' ability to teach reading/literacy in K-12 settings, including content teachers in middle and high schools. This program addresses the demands of the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and emphasizes teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening across the curriculum including history/social studies, science and technical subjects at grades 6-12.

The Reading Program satisfies the coursework requirements for a reading teacher endorsement in Illinois. Graduate students in states outside of Illinois must check their state's requirements for a reading endorsement. Graduate students pursuing an M.A. in with a concentration in Education/Reading are not required to be certified/licened teachers; however, all who enroll will gain an in-depth understanding of the teaching of reading. Completing the M.A. Program in Reading does not grant state licensure or lead to licensure as a reading specialist. Graduate students licensed to teach in Illinois who are interested in the reading specialist license for grades K-12 should consult the program description for Saint Xavier University's Master of Arts Reading Specialist Program.


  • M. Tara Joyce, Ed.D. (Program Chair)
  • Ruth Rohlwing, Ed.D.

Contact Information

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