Master of Arts in Teaching

Graduate Programs

Alternative Licensure Programs

Information Sessions

Interested in the Alternative Licensure Programs at Saint Xavier University? Attend one of our upcoming information sessions!

Program Description

Starting May 2018! The alternative licensure path is an option for prospective elementary education and middle level education teachers who need to earn a salary while pursuing a teaching license. This alternative licensure program enables candidates to hold a paid position as the teacher of record while pursuing an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL).

Our alternative licensure programs follow rigorous guidelines that include:

Candidates enroll in six semesters of program coursework including two intensive summer sessions as they complete a 42-credit hour program leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).

The alternative licensure programs simultaneously combines accelerated coursework with classroom experiences and one-to-one mentoring. Courses are designed for hybrid/blended delivery; all face-to-face class meetings are scheduled for evenings.

Candidates in this program will have the guidance and support of a site-based mentor/coach and a University coordinator throughout the two years of required provisional teaching.

This program is designed for those who already hold a bachelor's degree in one of the following specifically approved content areas: English/language arts, mathematics, science or social science. Potential candidates who do not hold a bachelor's degree in one of these approved content areas will be required to submit transcripts to the state superintendent to be reviewed for equivalency.

Elementary Education Track

Candidates in this program will be prepared to teach students from first to sixth grade. Candidates will focus on multiple content areas such as reading, writing, science, health, social science, fine arts and physical education.

Please view the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog for additional information.

Middle Level Education Track

Candidates in this program will be prepared to teach students from fifth to eighth grade. Candidates will focus on content- specific middle level methods.

Please view the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog for additional information.

Contact Information

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