Candidates seeking a teaching career must have a sincere desire to teach, show intellectual promise and display personal, professional and academic characteristics indicative of competent teachers.
The School of Education’s major goal, according to its conceptual framework, is to create effective practitioners who are committed to scholarship, lifelong inquiry, leadership and social responsibility. These enduring outcomes are developed and nurtured through the curriculum. Educators develop scholarship by acquiring a breadth and depth of knowledge in the field. As scholars, they develop lifelong inquiry by immersing themselves in a process of on-going questioning and reflection that results in informed thinking and decision making. They assume leadership roles in a variety of venues where they can affect change and improve practice. Their leadership is guided by a sense of social responsibility to create fair and equitable environments that support and enhance learning in order to maximize each individual’s potential.
The student prepares for licensure in Secondary Education by completing a minor in education and academic major outside the education division. The approved majors for secondary licensure at Benedictine University are Biology, Business, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics, Social Science or Spanish. Upon completion of the program, students receive high school and middle school endorsements in their major area of study. To further enhance marketability, students are encouraged to pursue endorsements in additional subject areas.
In addition to the required coursework for the academic major and the education minor, students also receive a solid foundation in methodologies through the following experiences:
As candidates progress through their program, they will develop an understanding of the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards and the Content-Area Standards for Educators. In addition to successful completion of their coursework, they will also develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their growth in teaching and service to education as well as their understanding of the Illinois standards. Their preparedness to teach will also be demonstrated through passage of the Test of Academic Performance (TAP), Content-Area Test and Assessment of Professional Teaching Test.