This program is designed for individuals who wish to teach in grades K-12 and leads to a master of arts degree and prepares candidates to pursue an Illinois Type 10 license. The program requires successful completion of the graduate program core courses, music education methods courses as described in the undergraduate catalog and the following professional education courses:
Professional Education Course Requirements (21 credits*):
- EDGSE 404: Field Experience for Secondary (1)
- EDGSE 470: Orientation to the Profession of Teaching (0)
- EDGSP 413: Survey of Students with Exceptionalities for the Regular Classroom Teacher (3)
- EDGSE 498: Directed Teaching in K-12 Classroom (6)
- EDGSE 445: Seminar in Teaching and Learning (2)
- EDGSE 507: Advanced Educational Psychology (3)s
- EDGSE 508: Advanced Adolescent Development (3)
Core Course Requirements (9 or 12 credits*):
- EDGCC 511: Foundations of Education (3)
- EDGCC 512: Assessment of Instruction and Learning (required for certification) (3)
- EDGCC 513: Educational Research Design and Development (3)
- EDGCC 514: Scholarship of Teaching: Finalizing the Inquiry Process (3)
*21 credit hours of professional education courses for a license, plus 9 or 12 credit hours of core courses and additional graduate level courses to meet 33 (with EDGCC 514) to 36 credits (with two graduate level courses in lieu of 514) of graduate course work for degree.
Prior to full admission to the graduate program, candidates must have earned a degree in a music and passed the Illinois test of basic skills or the test of academic proficiency or submit ACT + Writing composite score of 22 or above, and 19 or above on combined English/Writing, or SAT Composite Score of 1030 or above in Math and Reading, and 450 or above in Writing. A formal audition on the candidate's primary instrument/voice, scheduled directly through the music department, is also required before full admission. Candidates must take the methods courses prescribed for the undergraduate music program developed by the Department of Music. Individuals interested in licensure in music and the master's degree that do not have a degree in a music related field must complete all the coursework prescribed by the School of Education in collaboration with the Department of Music.
Candidates for a master of arts degree in education who are enrolled in the individualized programs must complete EDGCC 511, 512 and 513.
Candidates who choose to complete the research study must enroll in EDGCC 514. In lieu of enrolling in EDGCC 514 and completing a research study, candidates may enroll in two additional graduate courses in education at Saint Xavier University. The two courses should further the candidate's professional goals and the courses selected must be approved by the faculty adviser.