Saint Xavier University Chicago Campus Residence Halls

Elementary Education MAT


The School of Education offers a Graduate Elementary Education Program (Master of Arts in Teaching) that has been designed in response to the revised Illinois licensure laws (ISBE Rules July 1, 2013). The Graduate Program prepares teacher candidates for an Illinois Professional Educators License (PEL) with an endorsement to teach students in Grades 1-6. The Graduate Elementary Education Program can be offered in either the traditional or online delivery formats. The traditional program will be available for those candidates who prefer the face-to-face classroom setting. The online delivery format offers 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 the 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 number of applicants.

General Education Prerequisites

The general education courses, which address requirements for Illinois licensure, may have been met within the candidate's undergraduate studies. A review of the candidate's transcript(s) will indicate if any general education deficiencies exist.

The Illinois State Board of Education requires the following subject specific content coursework:

Mathematics (As per Illinois Administrative Code: Section 20.120)

  • College Algebra
  • Statistics

Science (As per Illinois Administrative Code: Section 25.97)

  • Physical Science
  • Life Science
  • Earth and Space

Social Sciences (As per Illinois Administrative Code: Section 25.97)

  • History
  • Geography
  • Civics and Government
  • Economics of Illinois, the United States, and the World

Sequence of Professional Education Courses

Semester 1

  • EDGEL 401: Introduction to the Profession of Teaching (3)
  • EDGEL 425: Child Growth and Development (3)

Semester 2

  • EDGTE 480: Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language (3) -- 5 Field Experience hours
  • EDGSP 413: Survey of Students with Exceptionalities for the Regular Classroom Teacher (3) -- 5 Field Experience hours

GATE #1: Admission to Level II Coursework Basic Skills Admission Requirement (Students must present evidence of passing score on TAP, SAT or ACT and a minimum GPA of 3.0).

Semester 3

  • EDGEL 470: SOE Online Orientation (0)
  • EDGEL 403: Elementary Education edTPA Introduction -- Hybrid (0.5)
  • EDGEL 483: Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3) -- 10 Field Experience hours
  • EDGEL 439: Managing the Elementary Classroom: Behavior Management and Instructional Planning (3) -- 10 Field Experience hours

Semester 4

  • EDGEL 404: Task 1 - Hybrid (0.5)
  • EDGEL 405: Task 2 - Hybrid (0.5)
  • EDGEL 418: Foundations and Methods of Literacy and Language Arts (3) -- 10 Field Experience hours
  • EDGEL 411: Principals and Methods of Teaching Social Science and the Arts in the Elementary School (3) -- 10 Field Experience hours

GATE #2: Clinical Practice/Student Teaching Application

Semester 5

  • EDGEL 406: Elementary Education edTPA Task 3 -- Hybrid (0.5)
  • EDGEL 441: Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making (3) -- 10 Field Experience hours
  • EDGEL 412: Principals and Methods of Teaching Science, Health and PE in the Elementary School (3) -- 10 Field Experience hours

GATE #3: Contest Test Requirement

Semester 6

  • EDGEL 421: Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School (3) -- 15 Field Experience hours
  • EDGEL 419: Assessment and Diagnosis of Reading Problems (3) -- 10 Field Experience hours

Semester 7

  • EDGEL 445: Seminar in Teaching and Learning (3)
  • EDGEL 446: Directed Teaching -- Elementary (6)

GATE #4: edTPA and SXU Graduation Requirements

Requirements in this program are subject to change within the time span of one's University career due to changing requirements at national, state, and local levels.