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Graduate Admission

School of Education

Apply online or request an information packet for a graduate School of Education program(s) by mail. Direct questions about any information you read on this page to the Office of Graduate Admission to 773-298-3053 or graduateadmission@sxu.edu

Days after submitting your online application, a file containing your printed application will be created and sent to a counselor who will determine exactly which supplemental materials will be required of you in order for you to gain admission consideration. Within a week from submitting your online application, you will be contacted with instructions on how/where to submit the necessary supplemental materials, e.g. statement, transcripts, recommendations, etc.

  1. A completed application form.
  2. Personal statement. In 1-2 typed pages  (1) state reasons for your choice of program and its intended use, (2) indicate your reasons for choosing the Saint Xavier University master of arts in counseling program, (3) describe a major work or personal accomplishment(s), and (4) describe your professional goals.
  3. Official, paper transcript(s) sent directly from the Registrar of the accredited baccalaureate degree-granting college/university and all graduate level coursework. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale is required in order to be considered for admission.
  4. A $35 application fee, unless applying online.
  5. Three completed recommendation forms. Recommendation forms must be completed by individuals (supervisors or professors) who can attest to your academic competence, professional skills and character.
  6. Interview with a member of the graduate faculty admission committee after all required materials are received.
  7. Applicants for School Counseling are required to show successful completion of one of the following tests: 1) Test of Basic Skills (#96 or 300) taken within 10 years prior to admission. 2) Passing all sections of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP #400). 3) Minimum ACT score of 22 with the writing section taken within 10 years prior to admission to the program or taken and passed successfully within the first year of admission. 4) Minimum SAT score of 1030 (Mathematics and Critical Thinking).
  1. A completed application form.
  2. A non-refundable $35 application fee, unless applying online.
  3. Official, paper transcript(s) sent directly from the Registrar of the accredited baccalaureate degree-granting college/university and all graduate coursework. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. The Admission Committee at the School of Education will review applicants who have an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 based on past experiences.
  4. Two completed recommendation forms. Recommendation forms must be completed by individuals (supervisors, professors, coworkers, etc.) who can attest to your academic competence, professional skills and character. Recommendation forms are only required for individuals whose GPA is below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Copies of current teaching certificate(s), if applicable. Please provide copies of both front and back to show current validation.
  6. Evidence of teaching experience if not hired in public schools.
  7. Submission of portfolio demonstrating proficiency in pedagogy and leadership of past experiences as described below.
A) Evidence of providing support for all students achieving high standards of learning.
Example: Evaluations from supervisors of the candidates teaching abilities that attest to student's growth. Candidates may provide data, if available from student assessment scores that reflect student growth during the past few years. Candidates may supply a written narrative that illustrates specific examples student growth in the candidate's classroom.

B) Evidence of accomplished instruction, which shall include data reflecting two years of student growth and learning within the last five years, including how data was to inform instruction.
Example: All three examples cited in part one above may also be used as evidence for part 2 of the portfolio. Candidates should be specific as to how data from student assessment demonstrate student growth in learning.

C) Evidence of significant leadership roles in past positions.
Example: Candidate should indicate if he/she served on any school committees, chaired or directed any committees. Candidates should describe the nature of the committees he/she served on or led. Candidate should describe any extracurricular positions that demonstrate a leadership role such as band or choir directing, athletics, cheerleading or pompon sponsorship, drama production or school achievement fairs. Candidate should describe any other position where in he/she directed a group of students or faculty in a school sponsored initiative.

D) Evidence of oral and written communication skills.
Example: Primarily this evidence will come from the faculty interview and the written scenario provided during the interview process. Candidates may also have additional supporting evidence in the form of a letter from a supervisor addressing the candidate's oral and written communication skills. Evidence may also be provided in the form of written publications in professional journals or other published outlets.

E) Evidence of analytical abilities needed to collect and analyze data for student learning and evidence of how the results from student assessment improve learning.
Example: Standardized achievement tests often have questions based on comprehension, analysis, and application. In analyzing the data, it may be observed that students did well on comprehension and analysis type questions but scored low on application type questions. The candidate decides to revise instruction assessments to provide more opportunities to respond to application type questions. In another case, analysis of the data shows that students scored low on certain areas of the curriculum. The instructor modifies the curriculum plan to include more of the area of weakness. Provide data and a rationale for curricular or instructional changes based on the information presented.

F) Demonstrated respect for family and community.
Example: The candidate may choose to include a section of the portfolio that describes the candidate's family. Further community activities such as leading a youth group, church activities, charitable activities, and social or welfare activities can be described in this section. Samples of these activities may include a 5k run for charity, leading a girl scout troop, or delivering meals to shut ins at thanksgiving.

G) Evidence of strong interpersonal skills.
Example: For the most part this attribute will be evaluated by the interviewing faculty based on the candidate's oral responses and interactions with the interview team. Additionally the candidate's interpersonal skills can be supported by letters from supervisors and fellow faculty that address the candidate's interpersonal skills.

H) Evidence of knowledge of curriculum and instructional practices.
Example: The candidate should include a long-term and short-term curriculum plan in his/her portfolio that demonstrates knowledge of curriculum. The candidate's plan should reflect the plan's coordination with his or her school district plan and alignment with state and national standards. The candidate may include artifacts that demonstrate a variety of instructional strategies and plans for differentiating instruction to meet the diversified student needs.

After submitting a completed online application, portfolio materials must be emailed in Word or PDF to graduateadmission@sxu.edu.

  1. A completed application form.
  2. A non-refundable $35 application fee, unless applying online.
  3. Official, paper transcript(s) sent directly from the Registrar of the accredited baccalaureate degree-granting college/university and all graduate coursework. Students seeking initial certification must submit official transcripts for ALL colleges/universities attended. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. The Admission Committee at the School of Education will review applicants who have an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 based on past experiences.
  4. Two completed recommendation forms. Recommendation forms must be completed by individuals (supervisors, professors, coworkers, etc.) who can attest to your academic competence, professional skills and character. Recommendation forms are only required for individuals whose GPA is below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Copies of current teaching certificate(s), if applicable. Please provide copies of both front and back to show current validation.
  6. Applicants seeking initial certification (elementary, secondary, early childhood and non-certified teachers seeking certification is special education) are required to show successful completion of one of the following tests: 1) Test of Basic Skills (#96 or 300) taken within 10 years prior to admission. 2) Passing all sections of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP #400). 3) Minimum ACT score of 22 with the writing section taken within 10 years prior to admission to the program or taken and passed successfully within the first year of admission. 4) Minimum SAT score of 1030 (Mathematics and Critical Thinking).
  7. Applicants seeking Type 09 Secondary certification must have completed a degree in the area of art, biology, English, history, mathematics, music or Spanish. Candidates must also show evidence they have passed the Illinois State Board of Education Test in their content area offered by ICTS (Illinois Certification Testing System. Individuals without a degree in the major may request an evaluation of transcript by contacting an admission counselor.
  8. Applicants seeking initial certification in early childhood or elementary education will have an unofficial certification evaluation completed by the School of Education if admitted.