Secondary Education Minor +
Professional Educator License (PEL)


Benedictine University’s education program prepares teacher candidates with the knowledge and skills that will shape and influence their students’ learning through critical thinking, research-based decisions, and best practices.

These practices produce highly effective practitioners who actively promote critical thinking skills in their students, innovatively manage the learning environment, and consistently monitor student progress to adjust curriculum delivery. Students receive quality instruction from experienced faculty who have more than 125 years of K-12 classroom experience.

Students in the Secondary Education Minor program have the opportunities to:

Select an academic major outside the education division in Biology, English, Spanish, or Social Science.
Receive a solid foundation to become effective middle school or high school teachers.
Complete three preclinical experiences in locations within 30 miles of Benedictine’s Lisle campus

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Minor Requirements - Lisle

What Our Graduates Have Done With This Degree

Secondary Education Alumni

Graduates of Benedictine’s education program teach in public and private schools throughout the state of Illinois as well as serve as paraprofessionals, principals, and school district administrators.

Opportunities to Work

Teacher candidates have additional opportunities to work with students by tutoring in after-school programs, designing activities for after-school events, participating in service projects, and attending professional development conferences. Teacher candidates learn to collaborate with others to positively impact students, the community, and the professional field.

Preclinicals and Student Teaching

Education students complete three preclinical experiences in locations within 30 miles of Benedictine’s Lisle campus in some of the highest-paying school districts in Illinois, followed by a 16-week student teaching experience. Students are placed in public and private school programs reflective of each candidate’s professional goals and aspirations.

Education Teacher Performance Assessment

Students must pass the education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) at the end of their program. Upon successful completion of their chosen major and education minor with licensure test requirements, students earn a Professional Educator License (PEL) for teaching grades 6-12 in Illinois. Benedictine education students have a 97% first-time pass rate on state licensure exams.

Lisle Campus

After two years at Benedictine, I decided to change majors from computer engineering and go into teaching. I had not taken an education course and had only taken two social science courses the first two years of college. My advisor helped create an academic plan where I would change from computer engineering to history with a minor in secondary education and still graduate in four-and-a-half years. The job hunt from college to the workforce was very seamless for me. I was a student-teacher at Addison Trail High School and after graduation, they hired me to fill a vacancy the following fall. During my student teaching experience, I was able to demonstrate to Addison Trail all the skills and qualities that go into being a good history teacher — all of which I learned through Benedictine’s program.

Doug Wildes

Principal at Elmwood Park High School