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Graduate Admission

School of Education

Application Process

The School of Education accepts graduate applications on a rolling basis for its graduate programs. If you would like to be considered for admission, you must complete the application process. Completion of the application process includes submission of a complete, online Graduate Student Application, and all supplemental items required for that program (see Admission Requirements below). The first step is to submit the application (you will indicate the program, preferred location and start term for which you are applying on the application itself as you are filling it out). After submitting said application, you will receive an email within 24 hours confirming receipt of your application and providing you with next steps. A representative will then contact you with information about what is needed to complete the application process, where and how to submit supplemental documents and to answer questions.

The preferred "application process completion" deadline is July 1 to be considered for the fall term (August), and November 1 to be considered for the spring term (January). Because seating in each program is limited, we encourage you to submit the application and complete the application process well in advance of the deadline aligned with the term you wish to start.

Admission Requirements

  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. Recommendations must come from individuals with whom you have an academic and/or professional relationship (supervisors, professors, coworkers, etc.); and they must address your strengths and limitations related to the program for which you are applying.
  4. Official transcript(s) from the institution(s) from which a bachelor's degree was received. If more than one institution was attended, transcripts from the additional institutions may or may not be required, depending on the program for which you are applying and other factors. 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.    
  5. Illinois BSR (Basic Skills Requirement) results. Applicants to an initial licensure program must provide documentation of having taken one of the three current tests that can be used to satisfy the state of Illinois BSR (TAP as provided by the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS), ACT w/ Writing, or SAT). Specific test results will determine next steps for the applicant. Note: Record of passing the now nonexistent Illinois Basic Skills Test 096 at any time in the past waives the current BSR. We are happy to explain the BSR in further detail and answer questions so please feel free to call our Office of Graduate Admission at 773-298-3053. 
  6. Content test results, or proof of registration for the content test, is required for applicants to music education, secondary education and Spanish education. Find your appropriate content test at the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS)
  7. Saint Xavier University School of Education welcomes all career changers and students wishing to transfer in who wish to obtain teacher licensure. Some programs may require a review of transcripts to determine how courses will transfer and meet our program requirements. An official transcript evaluation will cost $30 and can be made payable to the Office of the Bursar. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Carroll at ecarroll@sxu.edu or 773-298-3491.

*The Teacher Leader Non-Endorsement program requires one recommendation.

International students have additional application/admission requirements. See Supplementary Admission Criteria for International Students.

Program-specific information and additional requirements for a particular program can be seen by selecting the program on the list below:

Teacher Preparation Programs

Early Childhood Education

Program leads to...
Master's degree and licensure in early childhood education.

Program Format
Traditional, on campus.

Program Length
Varies.

Additional Courses
General education (core) undergraduate courses that can be taken while enrolled in the program may apply.

Elementary Education

Program leads to...
Master's degree and licensure in elementary education.

Program Format
Evening cohort, on campus, one night/week in fall/spring, two nights/week in summer.

Program Length
Two and a half years for the complete program, 20 months for the certification/licensure.

Additional Courses
General education (core) undergraduate courses that can be taken while enrolled in the program may apply.

Secondary Education

Required UG Major or Equivalent
Major or equivalent of a major in a subject SXU is approved for in secondary education.

Program leads to...
Master's degree and licensure in appropriate secondary or K-12 teaching field.

Program Format
Evening cohort, on campus, one night/week in fall/spring, two nights/week in summer.

Program Length
Two and a half years for complete program, 20 months for licensure.

Additional Courses
Undergraduate coursework in a teaching subject area for secondary or K-12 education to meet national or state standards may apply.

Special Education

Required UG Major or Equivalent
No particular major required.

Program leads to...
Master's degree and licensure in special education, LBS I, K-12.

Program Format
Evening cohort, on campus, one night/week in fall/spring, two nights/week in summer.

Program Length
Two and a half years for complete program, 20 months for licensure.

Additional Courses
Three prerequisite courses that may also be taken as part of the program.

Specialist Preparation Programs

Reading Specialist

Experience Requirement
Must have minimum two years full-time teaching experience in an Illinois School as a certified teacher upon program completion.

Eligibility
Licensed teachers (teachers may still refer to themselves as certified) seeking to obtain reading specialist credentials and pursue positions as, but not limited to, reading specialists, literacy and instructional coaches, consultants or instructors.

Program leads to...
Master's degree and licensure as reading specialist.

Program Format
Cohort model, evening classes, on- and off-campus locations.

Program Length
Two years.

Endorsement Programs

ESL/Bilingual Teacher Endorsement

Basic Skills Assessment
None.

Eligibility
Teachers of PreK-12 or individuals interested in gaining the skills to teach English to adults. Applicant seeking the State of Illinois Endorsement in Bilingual Education must pass a state language proficiency test in a second language.

Program leads to...
18 graduate credit hours, Certificate of Advanced Studies or master's degree (not for licensure).

Program Format
Online, hybrid.

Program Length
One year.

Ed. Tech. Endorsement

Basic Skills Assessment
None.

Eligibility
Teachers or individuals interested in educational technology professions in K-12 schools, higher education or other organizations.

Program leads to...
Twenty-one graduate credit hours, Certificate of Advanced Studies, or master's degree; with at least 24 hours, students can apply for the Technology Specialist Endorsement upon passing a content test on an Illinois teaching license.

Program Format
Evening, hybrid.

Program Length
Two years.

Teacher Leader Endorsement

GPA Requirements
2.5 or higher GPA.

Letters of Recommendation
One from a supervisor and one from a peer teacher.

Experience Requirement
Three years teaching experience.

Basic Skills Assessment
None.

Eligibility
Must be a certified Illinois teacher to be eligible for Teacher Leader Endorsement.

Program leads to...
Master's degree in Teaching and Leadership with option of eligibility for Illinois Teacher Leadership Endorsement.

Program Format
Hybrid.

Program Length
Two years.

Teacher Leader Non-Endorsement

GPA Requirements
2.5 or higher GPA.

Letters of Recommendation
One letter of recommendation from a supervisor or peer teacher.

Experience Requirement
Currently holding a teaching position.

Basic Skills Assessment
None.

Eligibility
None.

Program leads to...
Master's degree in Teaching and Leadership.

Program Format
Hybrid.

Program Length
Two years.

Individualized Program - Reading

Basic Skills Assessment
If seeking Illinois Reading Teacher Endorsement, applicant must pass a test of basic skills required for educator licensure for full admission before the start of the second semester.

Eligibility
Individuals who want to become better teachers of reading or seek the Illinois Reading Teacher Endorsement. Non-certified teachers are eligible for this program.

Program leads to...
Master's degree and, if all requirements are met, Illinois Reading Teacher Endorsement. This program does not lead to a Reading Specialist license.

Program Format
Online, hybrid, or face-to-face.

Program Length
Two years.

Non-Licensure Graduate Programs

Curriculum and Instruction Program

Eligibility
Licensed teachers seeking to broaden their knowledge of theory and practice in education or individuals possessing a bachelor's degree in a major other than education working in a traditional school or educational environment.

Basic Skills Assessment Requirement
None.

Program leads to...
Master's degree.

Program Format
Traditional or online.

Program Length
Two years.

I-STEM

Eligibility
Elementary education teachers interested in enhancing their knowledge and performance in the areas of the pedagogy and practices of Integrative Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.

Basic Skills Assessment
None.

Program leads to...
Eighteen graduate credit hours, Certificate of Advanced Studies, or master's degree (not for licensure).

Program Format
Evening, traditional.

Program Length
Two years.

Science in Education

Eligibility
Middle and high school science teachers.

Basic Skills Assessment
None.

Program leads to...
Master's degree.

Program Format
Evening, traditional.

Program Length
Twenty-two months.

Counselor Graduate Programs

Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling

Purpose Statement
Applicants are required to submit a statement regarding their interest in the counseling profession. Statements generally include information about personal and professional experiences that have shaped their interest in this profession as well as specific career goals and level of motivation to pursue full time graduate study.

Interview Requirements
An interview with a member of the program faculty will be arranged for applicants whose file indicates that minimum requirements for admission have been met.

Eligibility
Individuals with or without teaching or counseling experience seeking preparation to counsel in schools and in a variety of mental health settings may seek educator licensure in School Counseling and Professional Counseling licensure (LPC) in Illinois.

Program leads to...
Master's degree and eligibility to take the Licensed Professional Counselor Exam (LPC) and the Professional Educator Licensure in school counseling in Illinois.

Program Format
Evening cohort in Chicago.

Program Length
Three years.

School Counseling

Purpose Statement
Applicants are required to submit a statement regarding their interest in the counseling profession. Statements generally include information about personal and professional experiences that have shaped their interest in this profession as well as specific career goals and level of motivation to pursue full time graduate study.

Interview Requirement
An interview with a member of the program faculty will be arranged for applicants whose file indicates that minimum requirements for admission have been met.

Eligibility
Individuals with or without counseling/teaching experience may seek school counseling licensure in Illinois.

Program leads to...
Master's degree and eligibility to take the State of Illinois Professional Educator Licensure in school counseling.

Program Format
Evening cohort in Chicago.

Program Length
Three years.

Online Graduate Programs

Curriculum and Instruction

Develop your leadership potential, learn how to use the latest tools and techniques to enhance your instructional approach, and exceed the strict expectations of new state standards.

The Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Saint Xavier University offers the most current tools and techniques regarding teaching strategies and the most effective means of implementing them into a learning environment. You will gain critical skills in differentiated instruction, response to intervention and formative assessment.

Read more information regarding Admission Requirements on online.sxu.edu.