Candidates seeking a teaching career must have a sincere desire to teach, display intellectual promise, and exhibit personal, professional and academic characteristics indicative of competent teachers.
Benedictine University is dedicated to creating 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 ongoing questioning and reflection that results in informed thinking and decision-making. They assume leadership roles in a variety of venues where they can effect 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.
Benedictine University’s Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) program leads to Illinois State Licensure in Secondary or Special Education that meets the requirements for the Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS I) license. Students take an active role in their own learning process and are prepared for shaping the lives of tomorrow’s generation.
The M.A.Ed. program provides opportunities for students to explore issues in education, to develop and examine enduring and innovative instructional approaches to utilize technology, and to apply knowledge in diverse educational settings. Benedictine University prepares teachers and administrators for the challenges that lie ahead.
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.