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.
Marshall Milbrath has background in teaching, coaching, and fitness. Milbrath served four years as a middle and high school science teacher before returning to graduate school to enter the field of health and sport sciences. A certified USA Track & Field Level 2 coach in sprints, endurance, and throwing events, Milbrath has 9 years of coaching experience in high school and college settings. Additionally, he serves as a USATF Level 1 Coaching Education instructor. Possessing master’s degrees in curriculum and instruction and exercise physiology, Milbrath’s research interests aim to bridge the science and pedagogy of sport through investigation of coaching education, decision-making in coaching, and physiological components of endurance running. Milbrath is “ABD” in a doctoral program in sport pedagogy at University of Northern Colorado.
Marshall’s background as a competitive athlete was one of the main motivators for his entrance into the health and sport studies profession. As an endurance runner, he was a three-time collegiate all-conference cross-country runner in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (NCAA Div. III) and later placed 20th at the 2012 USATF National 50-mile Championships. Marshall still enjoys running, and has goals to return to ultra-running in the future. Marshall resides in Oak Park, Illinois with his wife Gwyneth, who is an assistant clinical professor of nursing at University of Illinois – Chicago.