Ashley Perisee '11

Ashley Perisee, ’11, graduated with her bachelor of arts in Spanish and secondary education. Perisee credits Saint Xavier University with building her confidence and laying the foundation of a rewarding career.  "I went from being a very shy, studious person to being very outgoing and confident," she says.  "It's a lot because of the relationships that I've made here."

School of Education

Undergraduate Programs

The early childhood education program prepares candidates to teach children from birth through third grade. Completion of the program prepares candidates to pursue an Illinois Type 04 certificate.

The program consists of:

  • Professional Education Courses
  • General Education Courses 
  • Area of Concentration Courses

Requirements for Degree 

Candidates majoring in the early childhood program in education must complete the following requirements:

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and grades of C or better in all coursework 
  • Complete a minimum of 38 credit hours in education;
  • Complete a minimum of 18 credit hours in an approved area of concentration, 9 of which must be earned at the 200 level or higher at a 4-year institution
  • Complete all University core requirements

Program Requirements

Course Descriptions

Early Childhood Education Plan (DOC)

The elementary education program prepares candidates to teach children from kindergarten through eighth grade. Completion of the program leads to a bachelor of science degree and prepares candidates to obtain an Illinois Type 03 certificate and eligibility to apply for middle school endorsements. The program consists of general education, area of concentration and professional education courses that address requirements for graduation and the state of Illinois requirements for certification.

Requirements for Degree

Candidates in the elementary program should major in education and must complete the following requirements:

  • complete a minimum of 36 credit hours in education 
  • complete a minimum of 18 credit hours in an approved subject area concentration, 9 of which must be taken at the 200 level or beyond at a 4-year institution 
  • complete all University core requirements

Middle Grade Endorsement

The middle grade endorsement is available for candidates completing certification in either elementary or secondary education. Information about specific requirements can be obtained from the director of teacher education.

Program Requirements

Course Descriptions

Elementary Education Plan (DOC)

Elementary Math Education Plan (DOC)

The secondary education program prepares candidates to teach students in sixth through twelfth grades.

Completion of the program leads to a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree and prepares candidates to pursue an Illinois Type 09 certificate.

Approved Concentrations:

  • Art
  • Biology/Science
  • English
  • History/Social Science
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Spanish

Requirements for Degree

To qualify for a degree in secondary education, candidates must complete the following requirements:

  • maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and grades of C or better in all coursework
  • select a major in an approved subject area
  • complete all courses in their major
  • minor in education, completing 27 credit hours of required education courses, plus the University core and certification requirements

Program Requirements

Course Descriptions

Secondary Art State Plan (DOC)

Secondary Biology Plan (DOC)

Secondary History and Social Science Plan (DOC)

Secondary Mathematics Plan (DOC)

K-12 Music Plan (DOC)

K-12 Spanish Plan (DOC)