Today's schools are in critical need of effective teachers. Between 2012-2022, over 18.5% growth in the need for teachers is expected. Of the nearly 211,000 teaching positions, roughly 93,000 will be K-12 areas (Illinois Department of Employment Security, 2014).Benedictine's state approved K-12 Education programs are dedicated to meeting that challenge consistent with state and national standards.
With demand growing at a rapid rate, having a degree in special education prepares candidates to teach students in kindergarten through high school with cognitive, emotional, multiple, physical, and learning disabilities, and other health impairments.
We currently offer a major and a minor in Spanish, with an array of courses that stimulate students' intellectual and personal growth and broaden their perspective, thus enabling them to become responsible citizens and leaders in the world community. In addition to developing and polishing their language skills in our programs, students can combine a major or minor in Spanish with degree programs in education.
The Bachelor of Arts in Music Education is a comprehensive program of study that fulfills the requirements needed for licensure as a K-12 music educator in the state of Illinois. In addition to completing required coursework in music and education, students pursuing a degree in music education are required to perform a music jury each semester.
The Physical Education program at Benedictine University imparts an understanding of the positive impact of a healthy lifestyle and an appreciation for daily physical activity. It addresses the significant health problems young people face today in the area of exercise, obesity, nutrition and knowledge of healthful living. In addition, Benedictine University also offers a program in Exercise and Sports Studies for students pursuing health and fitness professional careers. For more information about the Exercise and Sports Studies program click here.
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Dr. Elizabeth "Beth" Bell joined Benedictine University in 2010. Dr. Bell is the Program Director of the Physical Education and Exercise &Sports Studies programs. Dr. Bell earned her Doctorate of Education from Tennessee State University in Education Administration with a concentration in Higher Education and a Master's Degree in Athletic Training from California University of Pennsylvania. Her previous experience was serving as a Curriculum Director of the Athletic Training Program and as a Physical Education teacher for a Catholic elementary school.Dr. Bell's research includes how technology may be utilized within the health and fitness professions. She has presented at the National SHAPE convention on this topic. Other areas of interest include higher education administration and incorporating Benedictine values.Dr. Bell serves as the academic advisor for all students majoring in both Physical Education and Exercise &Sports Studies. Her areas of teaching include foundational courses to the major, growth and development, and kinesiology. Dr. Bell received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching in 2015.