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Secondary Education and K-12 Specialized Areas



Remote Learning
(Due to COVID-19)


Start Dates

Two Start Terms
Next Start Term: August 24, 2020


Program Length

2.5 years



Tuition Per Credit Hour: $575
Credit Hours to Complete: 33
Approximate Cost: $18,975


Credit Hours

30-33 Credit Hours For License
39 - 45 for MA




Traditional Program

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Alternative Program

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Traditional Program

Saint Xavier University's Education Department prepares educators who are broadly and liberally educated, competent in content and methodologies, and skillful in teaching all children in contemporary schools.

The program in secondary education is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. This information sheet outlines requirements for a Professional Educators Licensure (PEL) with an endorsement in Secondary Education in the state of Illinois as well as the requirements for the master of arts degree in education.

Program Requirements

Please view the admission requirements page, as well as the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog for additional information.

Major Areas with Approved Programs

  • Art
  • Music
  • Spanish
  • Mathematics
  • English/Language Arts
  • Science/Biology
  • Social Science/History

Graduation Requirements

33 credit hours for certification plus 9 or 12 credit hours for degree.

All coursework must be completed within five years of admission. A cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 must be maintained; a grade of D is not acceptable toward satisfying degree or licensure requirements. Not more than 6 credit hours of appropriate graduate credit, taken prior to being admitted to Saint Xavier University and taken within the past five years, may be transferred from another institution. A grade of B or better must be earned in order for coursework to be transferred.

Alternative Program

The alternative licensure path is an option for prospective Secondary 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). This transformative and affordabile experience is available online and on-campus.

Our alternative licensure programs follow rigorous guidelines that include:

  • accelerated coursework
  • field experiences
  • teaching experiences
  • licensure testing

Candidates enroll in six semesters of program coursework including two intensive summer sessions as they complete a 43-credit hour program leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).

The alternative licensure programs simultaneously combine accelerated coursework with classroom experiences and one-to-one mentoring. 

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.

Please view the admission requirements page, as well as the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog for additional information.

Contact Information

If you have additional questions, please contact:

Graduate Admission
Phone: 773-298-3053


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