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Graduate Programs

Elementary Education Program

Elementary Education Program (New in 2015)

In 2015, the School of Education will offer a new graduate Elementary Education Program that has been designed in response to new Illinois licensure laws (ISBE Rules July 1, 2013). This new graduate program will prepare teacher candidates for an Illinois Professional Educators License with an endorsement to teach students in Grades 1-6. The new program will be offered in both the traditional and online delivery formats. The traditional program will be available for those candidates who prefer the face-to-face classroom setting. The online delivery format will offer weekly flexibility for teacher candidates, particularly career changers and paraprofessionals, who must balance their coursework with jobs and family commitments. The online format will be open to teacher candidates across state of Illinois who otherwise may not be able to attend SXU on-campus classes. Offering the program in either format is dependent on the need of student applicants.

Elementary Education Program (Current)

The School of Education at Saint Xavier University 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 elementary education is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Middle Grade Endorsement 

To earn this endorsement, candidates are required to have the equivalent of 3 credit hours of middle grade philosophy, curriculum, instruction and methods. Candidates must also have 3 credit hours of advanced adolescent psychology in addition to 18 credit hours in one subject area.

Graduation Requirements

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 certification requirements. Not more than 6 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.