All students who wish to complete a teacher education program for certification, including clinical practice (student teaching), at Saint Xavier University must be officially admitted to the School of Education as a teacher education candidate. A teacher education program is a four benchmark process. It starts when a student is admitted to the University and completes pre-candidacy requirements, continues through admission to the School of Education as a teacher education candidate and admission to clinical practice, exit from clinical practice, and finally program completion (certification).
Note: Requirements in teacher education, including portfolio and other assessment requirements, are subject to change within the time span of one’s University career due to changing requirements at national, state and local levels.
Candidate status is achieved by being approved for admission to the School of Education (SOE). Admission to candidate status is required of all undergraduate students majoring in a program in the School of Education or the College of Arts and Sciences that leads to teacher certification. Admission is based on a student’s knowledge, skills, and dispositions. Admission must be approved by the Office of Teacher Education and Certification (OTEC) before, and as a prerequisite to, enrollment in level 2 coursework, including all teaching methodology courses.
All students must apply for admission to the SOE no later than the semester before they are scheduled to enroll in level 2 coursework, including all teaching methodology courses. Applications for admission will be accepted according to the following deadlines:
Fall Admission: for enrollment in level 2 courses offered in the fall term:
- March 1 for eligibility to register in spring for fall level 2 courses
- August 1 for eligibility to register in August for fall level 2 courses
Spring Admission: for enrollment in level 2 courses offered in the spring term.
- November 1 for eligibility to register for spring level 2 courses
Summer Admission: for enrollment in level 2 courses offered in the summer term.
- March 1 for eligibility to register for summer level 2 courses
- Basic Skills: a passing score on the Illinois certification test of basic skills (Basic Skills Test #300 or Test of Academic Proficiency #400) within the previous 10 years. A test score of 22 on the ACT exam including the writing portion or a score of 1030 on the SAT (including Math and Critical Thinking) are also acceptable in lieu of the TAP or Basic Skills test. Certification test dates, registration materials, study guides and a practice diagnostic Basic Skills test is available at www.il.nesinc.com.
- GPA: a cumulative SXU grade-point average of 2.5 or above
- Pre-education Coursework: the following pre-education coursework, completed with grades of C or above at SXU or at a transfer institution:
- English 120
- Communication 101
- College level mathematics
- Biological or physical science with a lab
- Six credit hours in HIST 103 or 104; POLSC 101; SOCSC 101 or PSYCH 101; or Health and Physical Development elective
- Coursework in professional education and the chosen major: the following coursework in professional education and the chosen major must be completed with grades of C or above at SXU or at a transfer institution:
- EDU 200, taken as the first education course, and one of the following concurrently: EDU 202, 205, 323, 326, 341 or 377
- Early childhood and elementary education majors: additional 6 credit hours in professional education at SXU
- All secondary, K-12 music, and K-12 foreign language: Spanish majors: 12 credit hours in the teaching major (at least 3 credit hours must be completed at SXU)
- Illinois State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal History Fingerprint Check through the Office of Teacher Education and Certification during the first term enrolled in an education course at SXU
- Essay: a 500 word essay submitted at the time of application
- Recommendation from the candidate’s department or program
Student's who apply according to the established deadlines will receive a decision letter by e-mail from the Office of Teacher Education and Certification and an official updated education plan identifying the coursework completed and the requirements to complete prior to student teaching. If a student has not met all admission requirements and been approved for admission to the School of Education by the established deadline, enrollment in level 2 coursework will not be permitted.
Benchmark II: Admission to Clinical Practice (Student Teaching)
The process and requirements for reaching this benchmark include:
- Minimum cumulative SXU GPA of 2.5;
- Successfully complete all professional education courses except EDU 345 (Seminar) or Senior Seminar, all general education courses, and all requirements in the major or in the area of concentration. A minimum grade of C must be earned in all courses;
- Proof of passing the ICTS content-area test(s) appropriate to the major at a time that assures reporting of results prior to the start of student teaching according to the deadlines established by the Office of Teacher Education and Certification;
- Submission of the electronic LiveText portfolio to the Office of Teacher Education and Certification, and successful completion of an Educators Symposium the semester prior to student teaching;
- Submission of an online application for student teaching placement by January 15 for a fall or spring placement the following year;
- Completion of all required health screenings;
- Completion of all required field experience hours;
- Submission of an updated CBI, if requested.
Benchmark III: Exit from Clinical Practice (Student Teaching)
The process and requirements for reaching this stage include:
- A minimum cumulative SXU GPA of 2.5;
- Satisfactory ratings by supervisor and cooperating teacher on Office of Teacher Education and Certification instructional feedback forms;
- Grade of C or better in clinical practice;
- Successful completion of EDU 345 (Seminar) appropriate to the program;
Benchmark IV: Program Completion
The process and requirements for this benchmark include:
- Minimum cumulative SXU GPA of 2.5;
- Successful completion of the clinical practice experience and EDU 345 with a grade of C or better;
- Completion of all degree requirements as required by the program and University;
- Proof of passing the appropriate ICTS assessment of professional teaching test (required for certification, but not graduation);
- Submission of all required documents and fees to Office of Teacher Education and Certification and attendance at a certification workshop during the semester of student teaching to formally request a recommendation for certification from the SOE certification officer.
Transferability of Professional Education Courses
Level 2 courses in Professional Education must be completed at Saint Xavier University. PSYCH 201 must be completed at Saint Xavier University, or its equivalent at a 4-year institution if it is on the Illinois State Board of Education’s approved list of middle school courses and accepted for comparable content by SXU’s certification officer in the School of Education.
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