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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Multicategorical Special Education Program

Who is eligible to apply to the program?

Any individual with a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education. 

What is the cost of the program?

For information about the cost of this program, please contact Office of the Bursar at bursar@sxu.edu or 773-298-3046. 

What if I am a licensed teacher?

If you are a licensed teacher, you might not have to take all the program requirements (you will be notified upon admission to the School of Education, following a transcript review). You also will complete a practicum (shorter period of time, offered in the summer) instead of student teaching.

What is a cohort?

A cohort group is a group of graduate students who take a sequence of courses leading to a degree together. Support and camaraderie grow from the arrangement.

Where do I do my practicum or student teaching?

At a school or site designated by the School of Education. 

Where do I do my field experiences?

At a site designated by the School of Education. If you work at a school, you might use your school for a portion of your field experiences. 

What if I leave my cohort and later decide to rejoin?

If you leave your cohort due to unforeseeable circumstances and inform your advisor, you may be readmitted to another cohort or when the sequence of courses allow. You might have to pay a new rate of tuition if you join a different group. Also you must comply with the rules governing the new cohort that you join, including any additional coursework or testing. 

How do I apply for the LBS I license?

Once you complete the required coursework and have passed all the state tests, you will be contacted by the licensure officer, who will forward the application form to you. Complete the forms online and return them to the licensure officer in order to be referred for entitlement.

How many state tests are required for receiving the LBS I license?

If already licensed, two or perhaps three:

  • General curriculum for special education (#163), which must be taken and passed prior to taking the EDGSP 525.
  • Content area test, LBS I (#155), which must be taken and passed prior to student teaching or practicum

If not already licensed, four:  "Insert Link here for most current state licensing requirements"

  • One of the following tests: Illinois Test of Basic Skills (#300) or (#96) taken within the last 10 years from admission; OR Test of Academic Proficiency for full admission to the program; OR ACT plus writing with a score of 22 or more, taken within 10 years from admission; OR SAT (mathematics and critical reading) with a minimum score of 1030, taken within 10 years from admission.
  • General curriculum for special education (#163), which must be taken and passed prior to taking EDGSP 525.
  • Content area test, LBS I (#155), which must be taken and passed prior to student teaching or practicum
  • edTPA which must be taken and passes during student teaching  

How do I sign up for the state tests?

You can apply online at www.il.nesinc.com.

How are courses in the cohort scheduled?

During fall (August-December and spring (January-May) semesters, courses meet one night per week (the same night of the week for the cohort) from 5 - 9:30 p.m. During the summer terms (May-July), courses meet two nights per week (the cohort night plus one other night) from 5 - 9:30 p.m.

Are there any breaks during the schedule?

Cohorts typically do not meet from mid-December to mid-January and from mid-July to mid-August. In addition, there is typically a one-week spring break, usually in March.