Saint Xavier University Chicago Campus Residence Halls

Secondary Education (9-12; K-12;or 6-12)


The secondary education program prepares candidates to teach in grades 9-12 or K-12. Saint Xavier University is approved to offer secondary education for the following content areas:

  • Art: 9-12
  • Biology: 9-12
  • English: 9-12
  • Mathematics: 9-12
  • Social Science: 9-12
  • Music: K-12
  • Spanish: K-12

The program requires successful completion of general education courses, professional education courses and core courses, as outlined below:

Professional Education Course Requirements (30-33 credit hours*)

  • EDUGL 470: School of Education Orientation (0)
  • EDGSE 404: Field Experience for Secondary (1)
  • EDGSP 413: Survey of Students with Exceptionalities for the Regular Classroom Teacher (3)
  • EDGSE 415: Principles and Practices of the Middle and Secondary School (3)***
  • EDGSE 463-69: Methods of Teaching (Major) in the Middle and Secondary School (3)**
  • EDGSE 497: Literacy Instruction for Secondary Teachers (3)
  • EDGSE 507: Advanced Educational Psychology (3)
  • EDGSE 508: Advanced Adolescent Development (3)
  • EDGCC 512: Assessment of Instruction and Learning (3)
  • EDGSE 444: Directed Teaching -- Secondary (6); EDGSE 498 (K-12)
  • EDGSE 445: Seminar in Teaching and Learning (2)
  • EDGSE 423: Secondary Education Practicum (for Licensed Teachers Only in lieu of Directed Teaching) (3-6)

*Music students must complete an interview and audition; additional music content coursework may be required.

**Music students will be required to take EDGSE-434 (3) K-12 General Music

***In lieu of this course, music students may be required to take a graduate level MUS-335/EDGSE-435 (3) or MUS-336/EDGSE-436 (3)

Core Course Requirements (9 to 12 credit hours*)

  • EDGCC 511: Foundations of Education (3)
  • EDGCC 513: Educational Research Design and Development (3)
  • EDGCC 514: Scholarship of Teaching: Finalizing the Inquiry Process (3)

*33 hours of professional education courses for a license for individuals without prior licensure, plus 9 or 12 credit hours of core courses for degree. This coursework meets the requirement for the middle school endorsement as well.

Candidates for a Master of Arts degree in secondary education must complete core courses: EDGCC 511, 513 and 514. In lieu of 514, graduate secondary students may take two additional graduate courses offered by the School of Education, as approved by their advisors.

Requirements in this program are subject to change within the time span of one's University career due to changing requirements at national, state, and local levels.