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Education Department Admission Requirements


Admission to any of the graduate programs within the Education Department requires the following:

  1. Bachelor's degree or above in any major from an institution of higher education with regional accreditation.
  2. Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher. If the undergraduate grade point average is 2.5-2.9, applicants may be considered for probationary admission.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from professionals who can address your strengths and limitations related to the program for which you are making application. *
  4. A personal statement is required, addressing the rationale for pursuit of the program and an assessment of personal strengths and limitations.
  5. Meeting the Basic Skills Requirement, a cumulative GPA -- 3.0 or higher and passing State of Illinois Basic Skills Requirement -- the Basic Skills Requirement can be met in one of 9 ways:
    • a passing score on the "old" Illinois Tests of Basic Skills (096 or 300) -- replaced by the current Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP,) or
    • a passing score on all 4 sections of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), or
    • a composite score on the ACT Plus Writing of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 19 on the Combined English/Writing on tests taken before 9/1/2015 (scores can be combined from two different score reports), or
    • a composite score on the ACT Plus Writing of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 16 in Writing on tests taken between 9/1/2015 and 9/1/2016 (scores can be combined from two different score reports), or
    • a composite score on the ACT Plus Writing of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 6 in Writing on tests taken after 9/1/2016 (scores can be combined from two different score reports), or
    • a composite score of 22 on the ACT via ISBE "super scoring" and a passing score fo the Writing, or
    • a composite score on the SAT of 1030 (critical reading + mathematics = 1030 or higher) and a minimum score of 450 on writing on tests taken before 3/5/2016 (scores can be combined from two different score reports), or
    • a composite score on the SAT of 1110 (Evidence-based Reading and Writing + Mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on Writing and Language Test on tests taken on or after 3/5/2016 (scores can be combined from two different score reports), or
    • a composite score of 1110 on the SAT via ISBE "super scoring" and a passing score on the Writing test.

Teacher Preparation Programs: Graduate Admission Requirements

 

Elementary Education

Secondary Education

Special Education

Required UG major or equivalent

No particular major required

Major or equivalent of a major in a subject* SXU is approved for in secondary education

No particular major required

Program Leads to...

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and licensure in elementary education

Master of Arts and licensure in appropriate secondary or K-12 teaching field

Master of Arts and licensure in special education, LBS I, K-12

Program Format

Evening cohort, on campus, 1 night/week in fall/spring, 2 nights/week in summer.

Traditional or Online Delivery Options (dependent on sufficient enrollment)

 

Evening cohort, on campus, 1 night/week in fall/spring, 2 nights/week in summer

Evening cohort, on campus, 1 night/week in fall/spring, 2 nights/week in summer

Program Length

2.5 years for program completion and licensure

2.5 years for complete program, 20 months for licensure

2.5 years for complete program

ILTS Assessment Requirements for Licensure

Elementary Education (1-6) #701 -- 4 sections:

  • Language and Literacy (197)
  • Mathematics (198)
  • Science and Social Science (199)
  • Fine Arts, Physical Development and Health (200)

edTPA

Content-area test

 

edTPA

Special Education General Curriculum #163

Learning Behavior Specialist #155

 

edTPA

Additional Courses

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

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

3 prerequisite courses that may also be taken as part of the program

*Art, Biology, English, History/Social Studies, Mathematics, Music (K-12), Spanish (K-12)

Non-Licensure Graduate Programs Admission Requirements

 

TESOL

Basic Skills Requirement

None

Eligibility

Teachers and others who are interested in enhancing knowledge and expertise in working with linguistically diverse students in school and community settings

Program Leads to...

Master of Arts

 

Program Format

Traditional or online