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Admission to Teacher Licensure Programs


All students who wish to complete a Teacher Education Program for licensure, including clinical practice/student teaching, at Saint Xavier University must be officially admitted to the School of Education as a teacher education candidate. A teacher education program is a four-benchmark process. It starts when a student is admitted to the University and completes pre-candidacy requirements, continues through admission to the School of Education as a teacher education candidate and admission to clinical practice/student teaching, exit from clinical practice/student teaching and finally program completion (licensure).

Note: Requirements in teacher education, including portfolio and other assessment requirements, are subject to change within the time span of one's University career due to changing requirements at national, state and local levels. The terminology used and requirements described for earning a Professional Educators License (PEL) in Illinois are accurate as of the preparation of this edition of the catalog. Complete information can be found at Illinois State Board of Education website.

Benchmark I: Admission to Candidacy in the School of Education -- Candidate Status

Candidate status is achieved by being approved for admission to the School of Education. Admission to candidate status is required of all undergraduate students majoring in a program in the School of Education or the College of Arts and Sciences that leads to a Professional Educator License (PEL). Admission is based on a student's knowledge, skills and dispositions. Full admission is a prerequisite to enrollment in level two coursework.

Requirements for meeting this benchmark include:

  1. Admission into an undergraduate program at Saint Xavier University.
  2. A high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  3. Meeting the basic skills requirement, a cumulative GPA -- 3.0 or higher and passing state of Illinois basic skills requirement -- 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)
    • a passing score on all four sections of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
    • 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)
    • 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)
    • 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)
    • 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)
    • a composite score on the SAT of 1110 (Evidence-based reading and writing + mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on the writing and language test on tests taken on or after 3/5/2016 (scores can be combined from two different score reports.)

Licensure test dates, registration materials, study guides, and a practice diagnostic basic skills test are available at www.il.nesinc.com.

  1. Maintain a minimum SXU cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  2. Maintain appropriate professional dispositions
  3. Successfully complete the required fingerprinting/criminal background investigation
  4. Complete the required VIRTUS training
  5. A passing score on the appropriate ILTS content area test(s) prior to student teaching

Benchmark II: Admission to Clinical Practice (Student Teaching)

The process and requirements for meeting this benchmark include:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative SXU grade-point average of 3.0
  2. Successfully complete all level 1 and level 2 professional education courses, all general education courses, and all requirements in the major or in the area of concentration. A minimum grade of C must be earned in all courses
  3. Pass the Illinois Licensure Testing System content-area test(s) appropriate to the major at a time that assures reporting of results prior to the start of student teaching
  4. Submission of the electronic LiveText portfolio to EDU 400 course in LiveText and successful completion of an Educators Symposium the semester prior to student teaching
  5. Submission of an online student teaching application, resume and student teaching agreement one year prior to student teaching semester
  6. Completion of all required health screenings
  7. Completion of all required field-experience hours
  8. Completion of the CPS fingerprinting/criminal background investigation. A second fingerprinting/background check is required prior to student teaching as per a new State of Illinois law that went into effect January 1, 2016:

PA 99-021 became effective on January 1, 2016. Pursuant to this Public Act, each student teacher (defined to include those completing required internships) is required, prior to starting a student teaching or required internship experience, to authorize and pay for the school or school district where the student teaching is to be completed to conduct a fingerprint-based criminal history records check of that individual. Institutions should verify all student teaching candidates are aware of the background check (and its cost) prior to student teaching, and practice open communication with the school or district regarding the completion of the background check prior to the candidate beginning student teaching.

Reference: Student Teacher Background Checks Go Into Effect January 1

Benchmark III: Exit from Clinical Practice (Student Teaching)

The process and requirements for meeting this benchmark include:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative SXU grade-point average of 3.0
  2. Satisfactory ratings by supervisor and cooperating teacher on student teaching evaluations
  3. Grade of C or better in clinical practice
  4. Successful completion of student teaching seminar

Benchmark IV: Program Completion/Licensure

The process and requirements for meeting this benchmark include:

  1. Minimum cumulative SXU grade-point average of 3.0
  2. Successful completion of the clinical practice experience and student teaching seminar with a grade of C or better
  3. Completion of all degree requirements as required by the program and University
  4. Passing score on the program specific the edTPA
  5. Submission of all required documents and fees

Transferability of professional education courses

Level Two courses in professional education must be completed at Saint Xavier University.