Saint Xavier University

Graduate Admission

Graduate Education Admission Requirements

We are excited you are interested in learning more about the graduate level programs offered by Saint Xavier University's Education Department (formerly known as the School of Education).

Whether you are a teacher or otherwise, having a bachelor's degree allows you to pursue an education program at the graduate level. In addition to several focused endorsement and degree programs available for working teachers, we offer teacher preparation programs for individuals wishing to obtain teacher licensure, regardless of the major from their bachelor's degree and/or current profession.

For a list of our graduate level education programs and their descriptions, see our Education Department Graduate Programs directory. For information regarding admission requirement deadlines and start terms which vary by program, contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 773-298-3058,

Below, you will find information describing our application process and admission requirements. The application process and admission requirements are subject to change at any time. International students have additional application/admission requirements explained on our Supplementary Admission Criteria for International Students page).

Application Process

If you would like to be considered for admission into a graduate education program, you must complete the application process. The first step in completing the application process is to submit an online Graduate Student Application, on which you will indicate your preferred start term, program location, and program. After submitting your application, you will receive an automated email within 24 hours confirming your application's receipt and your application will be "in process." You will also be provided with information regarding which supplemental documents are needed as well as how and where to submit them (required documents can vary from program to program as well as from applicant to applicant for any number of reasons; therefore, we advise against submitting any supplemental documents until after submitting the application and being given next steps by a graduate admission representative). Once all documents we've asked for are received, your completed application file will be sent to the Education Department for next steps and admission review.

Teacher Licensure Programs Admission Requirements

Early Childhood Education (Alternative)

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application (no application fee).
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program to which you are applying and assess how your past experiences will support you in your journey to become a licensed teacher.
  3. Resume. Include the name/position/contact information of a minimum of three references with whom you have a relationship that is professional and/or academic in nature. Professional is described as current or former supervisors in the workplace or a volunteer organization; academic is described as current or former professors if enrolled in school within the past year.
  4. Official transcript(s) from any/all colleges/universities attended. If your post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript evaluation by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.
  5. Illinois Basic Skills Requirement. You must achieve, or have achieved in the recent or distant past, the required results on one of the three existing tests of basic skills: TAP (Test of Academic Proficiency), ACT or SAT. We are happy to explain the Basic Skills Test requirement in further detail and answer questions so please feel free to call our Office of Graduate Admission at 773-298-3053.
  6. Illinois Content Area Test results. You must provide evidence of passing the appropriate Content Area Test as provided by ILTS (Illinois Licensure Testing System). We are happy to explain the Content Area Test requirement in further detail and answer questions so please feel free to call our Office of Graduate Admission at 773-298-3053.

Elementary Education (Alternative)

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application (no application fee).
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program to which you are applying and assess how your past experiences will support you in your journey to become a licensed teacher.
  3. Resume. Include the name/position/contact information of a minimum of three references with whom you have a relationship that is professional and/or academic in nature. Professional is described as current or former supervisors in the workplace or a volunteer organization; academic is described as current or former professors if enrolled in school within the past year.
  4. Official transcript(s) from any/all colleges/universities attended. If your post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript evaluation by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.
  5. Illinois Basic Skills Requirement. You must achieve, or have achieved in the recent or distant past, the required results on one of the three existing tests of basic skills: TAP (Test of Academic Proficiency), ACT or SAT. We are happy to explain the Basic Skills Test requirement in further detail and answer questions so please feel free to call our Office of Graduate Admission at 773-298-3053.
  6. Illinois Content Area Test results. You must provide evidence of passing the appropriate Content Area Test as provided by ILTS (Illinois Licensure Testing System). We are happy to explain the Content Area Test requirement in further detail and answer questions so please feel free to call our Office of Graduate Admission at 773-298-3053.

Elementary Education (Traditional and Online)

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application (no application fee).
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300 - 400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program to which you are applying and assess how your past experiences will support you in your journey to become a licensed teacher.
  3. Official transcript(s) from any/all colleges/universities attended. If the applicant's post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript evaluation by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.

Middle Level Education (Alternative)

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application (no application fee).
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program to which you are applying and assess how your past experiences will support you in your journey to become a licensed teacher.
  3. Resume. Include the name/position/contact information of a minimum of three references with whom you have a relationship that is professional and/or academic in nature. Professional is described as current or former supervisors in the workplace or a volunteer organization; academic is described as current or former professors if enrolled in school within the past year.
  4. Official transcript(s) from any/all colleges/universities attended. If your post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript evaluation by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.
  5. Illinois Basic Skills Requirement. You must achieve, or have achieved in the recent or distant past, the required results on one of the three existing tests of basic skills: TAP (Test of Academic Proficiency), ACT or SAT. We are happy to explain the Basic Skills Test requirement in further detail and answer questions so please feel free to call our Office of Graduate Admission at 773-298-3053.
  6. Illinois Content Area Test results. You must provide evidence of passing the appropriate Content Area Test as provided by ILTS (Illinois Licensure Testing System). We are happy to explain the Content Area Test requirement in further detail and answer questions so please feel free to call our Office of Graduate Admission at 773-298-3053.

Secondary Education (Alternative)

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application (no application fee).
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program to which you are applying and assess how your past experiences will support you in your journey to become a licensed teacher.
  3. Resume. Include the name/position/contact information of a minimum of three references with whom you have a relationship that is professional and/or academic in nature. Professional is described as current or former supervisors in the workplace or a volunteer organization; academic is described as current or former professors if enrolled in school within the past year.
  4. Official transcript(s) from any/all colleges/universities attended. If your post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript evaluation by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.
  5. Illinois Basic Skills Requirement. You must achieve, or have achieved in the recent or distant past, the required results on one of the three existing tests of basic skills: TAP (Test of Academic Proficiency), ACT or SAT. We are happy to explain the Basic Skills Test requirement in further detail and answer questions so please feel free to call our Office of Graduate Admission at 773-298-3053.
  6. Illinois Content Area Test results. You must provide evidence of passing the appropriate Content Area Test as provided by ILTS (Illinois Licensure Testing System). We are happy to explain the Content Area Test requirement in further detail and answer questions so please feel free to call our Office of Graduate Admission at 773-298-3053.

Secondary Education (Traditional)

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application (no application fee).
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program to which you are applying and assess how your past experiences will support you in your journey to become a licensed teacher.
  3. Two professional recommendations from individuals with whom you have an academic and/or professional relationship (supervisors, professors, coworkers, etc. are acceptable). Recommenders must discuss your strengths and limitations to the program to which you are applying from their position of knowing you professionally.
  4. Official transcript(s) from any/all colleges/universities attended. If the applicant's post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript evaluation by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.

Special Education (K-age 21 (LBS I) (Traditional)

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application (no application fee).
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program to which you are applying and discuss how your past experiences and personal characteristics will support you in your journey to become a special educator.
  3. Two professional recommendations from individuals with whom you have an academic and/or professional relationship (supervisors, professors, coworkers, etc. are acceptable). Recommenders must discuss your strengths and limitations to the program to which you are applying from their position of knowing you professionally.
  4. Official transcript(s) from any/all colleges/universities attended. If the applicant's post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript evaluation by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.

Other Programs Admission Requirements

Bilingual Education (Endorsement)

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application (no application fee).
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program and assess your strengths and limitations.
  3. Official transcript(s) from the institution(s) from which you obtained a bachelor's degree and possibly additional transcripts if more than one institution was attended. You will be notified as to which transcripts are needed after your application is received. If the applicant's post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript evaluation by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.

Educational Technology Integration Coaching (Certificate)

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application (no application fee).
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program and assess your strengths and limitations.
  3. Two professional recommendations from individuals with whom you have an academic and/or professional relationship (supervisors, professors, coworkers, etc. are acceptable). Recommenders must discuss your strengths and limitations to the program to which you are applying from their position of knowing you professionally.
  4. Official transcript(s) from the institution(s) from which you obtained a bachelor's degree and possibly additional transcripts if more than one institution was attended. You will be notified as to which transcripts are needed after your application is received. If your post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript evaluation by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.

ESL (Endorsement)

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application (no application fee).
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program and assess your strengths and limitations.
  3. Official transcript(s) from the institution(s) from which you obtained a bachelor's degree and possibly additional transcripts if more than one institution was attended. You will be notified as to which transcripts are needed after your application is received. If the applicant's post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript evaluation by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.

Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS I) (Endorsement)

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application (no application fee).
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program and assess your strengths and limitations.
  3. Official transcript(s) from the institution(s) from which you obtained a bachelor's degree and possibly additional transcripts if more than one institution was attended. You will be notified as to which transcripts are needed after your application is received. If the applicant's post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript evaluation by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.

Technology Specialist (Endorsement)

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application (no application fee).
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program and assess your strengths and limitations.
  3. Two professional recommendations from individuals with whom you have an academic and/or professional relationship (supervisors, professors, coworkers, etc. are acceptable). Recommenders must discuss your strengths and limitations to the program to which you are applying from their position of knowing you professionally.
  4. Official transcript(s) from the institution(s) from which you obtained a bachelor's degree and possibly additional transcripts if more than one institution was attended. You will be notified as to which transcripts are needed after your application is received. If the applicant's post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript evaluation by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.

TESOL (Certificate)

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application (no application fee).
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program and assess your strengths and limitations.
  3. Official transcript(s) from the institution(s) from which you obtained a bachelor's degree and possibly additional transcripts if more than one institution was attended. You will be notified as to which transcripts are needed after your application is received. If the applicant's post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript evaluation by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.

TESOL (M.A.)

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application (no application fee).
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program and assess your strengths and limitations.
  3. Official transcript(s) from the institution(s) from which you obtained a bachelor's degree and possibly additional transcripts if more than one institution was attended. You will be notified as to which transcripts are needed after your application is received. If the applicant's post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript evaluation by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.