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Education Student Resources

School of Education Handbooks

Teacher Education Handbook

The Teacher Education Handbook (PDF) is based on the Conceptual Framework (PDF) of the SOE and has been designed to assist candidates throughout their programs of study, from the very first course at SXU through the conclusion of the clinical practice experience/student teaching and receipt of the teaching certificate. This information reflects not only requirements for program completion at this institution, but certification requirements as specified by the State of Illinois and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). 

Field Experience Handbook 

Field experience is essential to the successful preparation of Saint Xavier University's candidates for student teaching. Field experiences are intended to broaden and deepen the candidate's understanding of educational theory and integrate this understanding with educational practice and meaningful reflection. These experiences are directly connected to professional coursework and sequentially complement and expand upon course content. The Field Experience Handbook (PDF) is a resource for instructors teaching a course with field experience. It also provides clarity and consistency for candidates completing field experience hours. 

Handbook on Clinical Practice for Student Teachers

The clinical practice/student teaching experience provides candidates the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions learned as pre-service teachers. The candidate is required to teach in a classroom while under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and university supervisor. The Handbook on Clinical Practice for Student Teachers (PDF) provides guidance and direction to prepare the candidate for the clinical practice experience. The handbook also outlines the requirements the candidate must adhere to while student teaching.

Handbook for Practicum Teachers Multi-categorical LBS1 Special Education

The practicum experience is arranged for graduate students who currently hold an initial teaching certification.  The clinical practicum experience provides candidates the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions learned in coursework.  The candidate is required to teach in a classroom while under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and university supervisor. The Handbook for Practicum Teachers Multi-categorical LSB1 Special Education (PDF) provides guidance and direction to prepare the candidate for the practicum experience. The handbook also outlines the requirements the candidate must adhere to during the practicum.

Graduate Studies Handbook

The School of Education offers several graduate programs to candidates leading to master of arts degrees in education or counseling.  The Graduate Studies Handbook (PDF) outlines the requirements for admission to the programs, the various models of taking courses (traditional, cohort or off campus models) and the requirements to complete courses. The School of Education graduate policies are also set out in this document.

Graduate Counseling Student Handbook

The master's of arts in counseling program is designed to prepare professional counselors to work in a variety of employment settings including community mental health agencies, crisis centers, residential facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools and private practices. Students in the counseling program learn to counsel individuals, families and groups on concerns in social, educational, psychological, career and life planning domains. Counselor education and training also emphasize assessment, treatment, prevention, consultation and wellness.  The Graduate Counseling Student Handbook (PDF) provides information on requirements, policies and completion of the programs.

Disposition Support Model Student Handbook

In an effort to better serve teacher candidates, the P-12 school children, and the community the School of Education (SOE) has implemented a Disposition Support Model. The professional dispositions of candidates are a critical component of development for emerging educators. Candidates are required to maintain appropriate professional dispositions on campus as well as during field or practical experiences. The Disposition Support Model Student Handbook is a resource for instructors and candidates in the SOE as it provides guidance and information pertaining the policies and procedures embedded within the Disposition Support Model