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. Alandra Weller-Clarke is an associate professor and educational psychologist in the School of Education. She came to Benedictine the first time as a graduate student after receiving her bachelor’s degree at Elmhurst College in Special Education. She spent a year completing her master’s degree here in education and went on to Loyola University of Chicago for her PhD in Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Psychology. She returned to BU in 2002 as an assistant professor, where she has taught 11 different courses in both education and psychology for both undergraduate and graduate programs.
In the fall of 2006, Dr. Clarke was appointed the Chair of the Institutional Review Board by the Provost, and has since worked diligently to make the IRB process not only smooth, but user-friendly for students and faculty. Currently, Alandra enjoys mentoring undergraduate, graduate and dissertation students in their research pursuits, and has completed over 40 theses, a few of which she has presented and co-presented at the prestigious AERA (American Educational Research Association), HICE (Hawaii International Conference on Education) and the University of Oxford. Dr. Clarke’s primary research interests include educational psychology, teaching with technology, adolescent wellness and improving the outcomes and education of adolescents with behavior disorders. In the past five years, Dr. Clarke has presented numerous internationally peer-reviewed presentations, published several articles and book chapters, and continues her research/advocacy on issues including social justice and incarcerated youth.