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Secondary Education Program


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:

General Education Courses

  1. Two (6) writing/communication skills courses, to include one (3) in written communication and one (3) in oral communication
  2. One (3) mathematics course
  3. Two (6) natural sciences courses, to include one life/biological science course, one physical sciences course, and one course must include a laboratory component
  4. Four (12) history/social science courses, to include one (3) in U.S. history, one (3) in U.S. government, one (3) history elective and one (3) in general psychology
  5. Two (6) literature/fine arts/humanities courses
  6. One (2) health and physical development course
  7. University General Education requirements in Diversity Studies and Global Studies may be satisfied by other courses in general education, the area of concentration and professional education
  8. A Bachelor of Science degree requires two (6) additional mathematics-science courses
  9. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires two (6) additional foreign language/foreign culture courses
  10. Candidates in a secondary education program must have completed a major in an appropriate subject area. All majors consist of a minimum of 32 credit hours in that subject area, and requirements are determined by the departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. Appropriate majors include the following: Art, Biology, English, Mathematics and Social Science. Spanish and music education programs lead to a K-12 licensure and have specific requirements in the major for program completion.

Required Professional Education Courses

Level 1:

  • EDU 200: The Profession of Teaching (3)
  • EDUL 200: School of Education Orientation (0)
  • EDU 202: Educational Psychology (3)
  • EDU 323: Survey of Students with Exceptionalities for the Regular Classroom Teacher (3)
  • EDU 377: Historical and Social Trends in American Schooling (3)
  • PSYCH 201: Adolescence and the Transition to Adulthood (3)

Level 2: *

  • EDU 370: Principles and Practices of the Middle and Secondary Schools (3)
  • EDU 371-378: Methods of Teaching (major) in the Middle and Secondary School (3)
  • EDU 397: Literacy Instruction for Secondary Teachers (not required for Secondary English majors) (3)

Level 3: **

  • EDU 345: Seminar in Teaching and Learning (2)
  • EDU 349 OR EDU 352: Directed Teaching-Secondary/K-12 (6)

*Enrollment requires full admission to the School of Education.

**Enrollment requires passing Educators Symposium and appropriate ILTS content exam.

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. 

Secondary Level Endorsements

Candidates may acquire additional secondary level endorsements for teaching other subjects in Grades 9-12. Please see the current Illinois Licensure, Endorsement, and Approval Requirements document at isbe.net.

Requirements for Degree

Candidates in a secondary or K-12 education program should major in an appropriate subject area. All majors consist of a minimum of 32 credit hours, and major requirements are determined by the departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, candidates complete required education courses, the University core and Illinois licensure requirements.