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Secondary Education Program FAQs

 

Learn about SXU's Secondary Education Program

Any individual with a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

You may use your classroom for a portion of your field experiences and student teaching.

A cohort group is a group of graduate students who take a sequence of courses leading to a degree together.

You can view the cost of the program on the Tuition and Fees page.

At a site designated by Saint Xavier University's Education Department. If you work at a school, you might use your school for a portion of your field experiences.

If you leave your cohort due to unforeseeable circumstances and inform your advisor, you may be readmitted and join another cohort when the sequence of courses allow. You might have to pay a new rate of tuition if you have to join a different group. You also have to comply with rules governing the cohort to which you are re-admitted.

Once you complete the required coursework and have passed all the state test(s), you must attend a workshop and contact the Licensure Officer who will forward the application form to you. Complete the forms online and return them in order to be referred for entitlement.

Three tests:

1.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,) or
  • a passing score on all 4 sections of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), or
  • 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), or
  • 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), or
  • 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), or
  • 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), or
  • a composite score on the SAT of 1110 (Evidence-based Reading and Writing + Mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on Writing and Language Test on tests taken on or after 3/5/2016 (scores can be combined from two different score reports).

2. Content Area Test

3. APT for 6-12 (#103)

Having a master's degree will not be a disadvantage for hiring an individual. But you may apply for jobs while you are student teaching and continue your education toward the completion of the degree.

All our cohort classes meet in the evening, but you have to be prepared to do your field experiences during the day (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) when schools are in session.

You will take the coursework along with the group but do a practicum instead of a student teaching.

No.

The Admission Committee will review your transcript to ensure that your undergraduate coursework (especially in the areas of Science and Social Sciences) meet the standards. If there is any deficiency, a list of courses will be mailed to you.

You can apply online by visiting the Illinois Licensure Testing System website.