Admission to Teacher Licensure Programs

All graduate students admitted to different programs leading to initial licensure in the School of Education must proceed through a four-benchmark process, which starts when a student enters Saint Xavier University and continues through admission to clinical practice (student teaching). Requirements in teacher education, including portfolio requirements, are subject to change within the time span of one’s university career, due to changing requirements at national, state and local levels.

Please note: The terminology used and requirements described for earning a Professional Educator License (PEL) in Illinois are accurate as of the preparation of this edition of the catalog. Complete information can be found at www.isbe.net.

The four benchmarks can be found below. 

Benchmark I: Teacher Education Candidate Status

Requirements for reaching this benchmark include:

  1. Admission into a graduate program in the School of Education.
  2. Completion of a criminal history fingerprint check for non-licensed and licensed teachers seeking subsequent endorsements, or licensed but unemployed teachers.
  3. The Basic Skills Requirement can be met in one of 6 ways:
    • a passing score in the 'old' Illinois Tests of Basic Skills (096 or 300)-replaced by the current Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
    • a passing score on all 4 sections of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
    • a composite score on the ACT Plus Writing of 22 or higher or a minimum score of 19 on the Combined English/Writing at one test administration taken on the same date (before 9/1/2015),
    • a composite score on the ACT Plus Writing of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 16 in Writing at one test administration taken on the same date (after 9/1/2015), or
    • a composite score on the SAT of 1030 (critical reading + mathematics = 1030 or higher) and a minimum score of 450 on writing at one test administration taken on the same date (before 3/5/2016).
    • a composite score on the SAT of 1110 (Evidence-based Reading and Writing + Mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on Writing and Language Test at one test administration taken on the same date (on or after 3/5/2016).

    Licensure test dates, registration materials, study guides, and a practice diagnostic basic skills test are available at www.il.nesinc.com.

     4. A passing score on the appropriate ILTS content area test(s) (Secondary Education); Please note: A content area test that was passed more than 10 years before licensure is not acceptable for licensure purposes.

Benchmark II: Admission to Clinical Practice (Student Teaching)

The process and requirements for reaching this benchmark include:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 in professional education courses.  
  2. Successful completion of all professional education courses except EDGED/EDGEC/EDGSE 445 (Seminar) and courses in the program that are not required for the master’s degree only, and any required general education courses. A minimum grade of C must be earned in all professional education courses.
  3. Proof of passing the appropriate Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) content-area test(s) according to the deadlines established by the Director of Licensure. Graduate students in multicategorical special education also have to pass the special education general curriculum test (163) prior to student teaching.
  4. Submission of the electronic portfolio (using Livetext) via the School of Education 400-level course by deadline date and successful completion of an Educators Symposium the semester prior to student teaching.
  5. Submission of an online application for student teaching placement. Deadline for submission and link to the application will be provided by the Director of School Partnerships;
  6. Completion of all required health screenings.
  7. Completion of all required field experience hours.
  8. Completion of a national criminal background check.

A more in-depth explanation of program requirements is available in the School of Education.

Benchmark III: Exit from Clinical Practice (Student Teaching)

The process and requirements for reaching this benchmark include:

  1. Satisfactory ratings by supervisor and cooperating teacher on clinical practice instructional feedback forms.
  2. Grade of C or better in clinical practice.
  3. Successful completion of EDGEL/EDGEC/EDGSE 445 (Seminar) appropriate to early childhood education, elementary education and secondary education programs.
  4. Successful completion of the portfolio.

Benchmark IV: Program Completion

The process and requirements for reaching this benchmark include:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 in professional education courses.
  2. Successful completion of the clinical practice experience EDGEC/EDGSE/EDGEL 445 (when a requirement of the major) with a grade of C or better.
  3. Completion of minimum number of semester hours required by the program.
  4. Proof of passing the appropriate ILTS assessment of professional teaching test (required for licensure but not graduation).
  5. Proof of passing the educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)
  6. Submission of all required documents and fees. Attendance at a licensure workshop is required during the semester of student teaching. At this workshop, the student must formally request a recommendation for licensure from the Licensure Officer.

Appealing Denial to Candidacy in the School of Education and Licensure

An appeal process has been developed for students who are denied admission to candidacy or student teaching, or whose pursuit of program completion is believed by the student to be compromised in some way. For appealing decisions related to the graduate program, please consult the Academic Dismissal and Appeal Process section of the catalog.

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