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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.
Dr. Mary Jeffery, Ed.D.
Dr. Mary Jeffery, Assessment Coordinator and Assistant Licensure Officer
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Dr. Mary Jeffery is an assistant professor with the School of Education and is the Assistant Licensure Office and Assessment Coordinator. She came to Benedictine University as an adjunct instructor and student teaching supervisor in January 2011 after teaching and administrating in secondary public schools for over 15 years. After receiving her bachelor’s degree at Illinois Wesleyan University, Dr. Jeffery followed her love of adventure and moved to Arizona where she worked to develop alternative education programs for high school students. She moved from Arizona to Michigan and completed her Masters of Arts in Teaching K-12 Reading at Saginaw Valley State University. Dr. Jeffery recently completed her Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction at Aurora University. Her current position marries her varied background and interests; her administrative experience guides her interest in assessment and her teaching experience guides her interest in working with preclinical candidates, advising, and teaching licensure.