Admission to Teacher Licensure Programs

All students who wish to complete a teacher education program for licensure, 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/student teaching, exit from clinical practice/student teaching, and finally program completion (licensure).

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

Benchmark I: Admission to Candidacy in the School of Education -- Candidate Status

Candidate status is achieved by being approved for admission to the School of Education. 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 licensure. Admission is based on a student's knowledge, skills, and dispositions. Full admission is a prerequisite to enrollment in level 2 coursework.

Requirements for meeting this benchmark include:

  1. Admission into an undergraduate program at Saint Xavier University.
  2. A high school cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above
  3. Passing State of Illinois Basic Skills Requirement - 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).Complete university college writing requirement (ENGL 120)
  4. Main a minimum SXU cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  5. Maintain appropriate professional dispositions.
  6. Successfully complete the required fingerprinting/criminal background investigation.
  7. Complete the required VIRTUS training.
  8. A passing score on the appropriate ILTS content area test(s) prior to student teaching.

Benchmark II: Admission to Clinical Practice (Student Teaching)

The process and requirements for meeting this benchmark include:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative SXU grade-point average of 3.0;
  2. Successfully complete all level 1 and level 2 professional education courses, 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;
  3. Pass the Illinois Licensure Testing System content-area test(s) appropriate to the major at a time that assures reporting of results prior to the start of student teaching.
  4. Submission of the electronic LiveText portfolio to EDU 400 course in LiveText and successful completion of an Educators Symposium the semester prior to student teaching;
  5. Submission of an online student teaching application, resume, and student teaching agreement one year prior to student teaching semester.
  6. Completion of all required health screenings;
  7. Completion of all required field experience hours;
  8. Submission of an updated fingerprinting/criminal background investigation, if requested by host school/district.

Benchmark III: Exit from Clinical Practice (Student Teaching)

The process and requirements for meeting this benchmark include:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative SXU grade-point average of 3.0;
  2. Satisfactory ratings by supervisor and cooperating teacher on student teaching evaluations;
  3. Grade of C or better in clinical practice;
  4. Successful completion of student teaching seminar;

Benchmark IV: Program Completion/Licensure

The process and requirements for meeting this benchmark include:

  1. Minimum cumulative SXU grade-point average of 3.0;
  2. Successful completion of the clinical practice experience and student teaching seminar with a grade of C or better;
  3. Completion of all degree requirements as required by the program and University;
  4. Passing score on the program specific the edTPA
  5. Submission of all required documents and fees.

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.

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