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 Certification in Elementary (Type 03), Secondary (Type 09) or Special Education (Type 10) that meets the requirements for the Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS I) certificate. 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.
Benedictine University and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy have collaborated to design an accelerated program for science and mathematics professionals seeking a teaching career. The program is 12 months in duration and includes an orientation; an intensive course of study in educational theory, instructional methods and teaching practices during an eight-week summer session; and a yearlong paid internship in a middle school or high school. Successful completion of the program leads to Illinois state certification in secondary education (Type 09) and 24 hours of graduate course credit toward a Master of Arts in Education at Benedictine University.
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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.