School of Education Admission Requirements

Admission to any of the graduate programs within the School of Education requires the following:

  1. Bachelor’s degree or above in any major from an institution of higher education with regional accreditation.
  2. Cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. If the undergraduate grade-point average is 2.99 or below, applicants may be considered for probationary admission.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from professionals who can address your strengths and limitations related to the program for which you are making application.*
  4. Passing score on the Illinois Basic Skills Requirement and admission to educator licensure programs.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).
  5. A personal statement is required, addressing the rationale for pursuit of the program and assessment of strengths and limitations.

Program-Specific Requirements

*The graduate counseling program requires three letters of reference.

Teacher Preparation Programs: Graduate Admission Requirements

 

Early Childhood Education

Elementary Education

Secondary Education

Special Education

Required UG major or equivalent

No particular major required

No particular major required

Major or equivalent of a major in a subject* SXU is approved for in secondary education

No particular major required

Program Leads to…

Master of Arts and licensure in early childhood education

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and licensure in elementary education

Master of Arts and licensure in appropriate secondary or K-12 teaching field

Master of Arts and licensure in special education, LBS I, K-12

Program Format

Traditional, on campus

Evening cohort, on campus, 1 night/week in fall/spring/summer.

Traditional or Online Delivery Options (dependent on sufficient enrollment)

 

Evening cohort, on campus, 1night/week in fall/spring, 2 nights/week in summer

Evening cohort, on campus, 1night/week in fall/spring, 2 nights/week in summer

Program Length

Varies

2.5 years for program completion and licensure

2.5 years for complete program, 20 months for licensure

2.5 years for complete program

ILTS Assessment Requirements for Licensure

Early Childhood Education #107

 

edTPA

Elementary Education (1-6)  #701

  • Language and Literacy (197)
  • Mathematics (198)
  • Science and Social Science (199)
  • Fine Arts, Physical Development and Health (200)

edTPA

Content-area test

 

edTPA

Special Education General Curriculum #163

Learning Behavior Specialist #155

 

edTPA

Additional Courses

General education (core) undergraduate  courses that can be taken while enrolled in the program may apply

General education (core) undergraduate courses that can be taken while enrolled in the program may apply

Undergraduate coursework in a teaching subject area* for secondary or K-12 education to meet national or state standards  may apply

3 prerequisite courses that may also be taken as part of the program

*Art, Biology, English, History, Mathematics, Music (K-12), Spanish (K-12)       

Specialist Preparation Programs: Graduate Admission Requirements

 

Reading Specialist

Experience Requirement

Must have minimum two years’ full-time teaching experience in an Illinois School as a licensed teacher upon program completion

Eligibility

Licensed teachers (teachers may still refer to themselves as certified) seeking to obtain reading specialist credentials and pursue positions as, but not limited to, reading specialists, literacy and instructional coaches, consultants or instructors

Program Leads to…

Master of Arts and licensure as Reading Specialist

Program Format

Cohort model, evening classes, on and off campus locations

Program Length

21 months

ILTS Assessment Requirements for Licensure

Reading Specialist #176

Non-Licensure Graduate Programs Admission Requirements

 

 Early Childhood 

TESOL

i-STEM

Science in Education

Basic Skills Requirement

 None

None

None if already licensed

None if already licensed

Eligibility

Candidates seeking coursework to expand their knowledge and understand how to work with young children.

Teachers and others who are interested in enhancing knowledge and expertise in working with linguistically diverse students in school and community settings

Elementary education teachers interested in enhancing their knowledge and performance in the areas of the pedagogy and practices of Integrative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education

Middle and high school science teachers

Program Leads to…

Master of Arts

Master of Arts

 

18 graduate credit hours graduate credit hours, Certificate of Advanced Studies, or Master of Arts (if core classes also completed)

Master of Arts 

Program Format

Traditional or online

Traditional or online

Evening, traditional

Evening, traditional

Counselor Graduate Programs Admission Requirements

 

Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling

Letters of Recommendation

3 professional letters of reference

Purpose Statement

Applicants are required to submit a statement regarding their interest in the counseling profession.  Statements generally include information about personal and professional experiences that have shapes their interest in this profession as well as specific career goals and level of motivation to pursue full time graduate study.

Interview Requirement

An interview with a member of the program faculty will be arranged for applicants whose file indicates that minimum requirements for admission have been met.

Basic Skills Assessment

Passing score on test for basic skills (for School Counseling candidates only).

Eligibility

Individuals with or without counseling experience seeking preparation to counsel in schools and in a variety of mental health settings may seek educator licensure in school counseling and professional counseling licensure (LPC) in Illinois.

Program Leads to…

Master of Arts and eligibility to take the Licensed Professional Counselor exam (LPC) and the Professional Educator Licensure in School Counseling (School Counseling program only) in Illinois.

Program Format

Evening cohort in Chicago

ILTS Assessment Requirements for Licensure

School counselor #181

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