Middle and High School (until 1/31/2018)
Illinois Licensure Grades 9-12 High School (after 1/31/2018)
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 80,000 will be in middle school and secondary areas (Illinois Department of Employment Security, 2014). Benedictine's state approved 6-12 Education programs are dedicated to meeting that challenge consistent with state and national standards.
Licensure in Secondary Education is completed by an academic major outside the education division with a minor in education.
Upon completion of the program, eligible candidates receive licensure for the middle school and high school grades 6-12.
Candidates in the Secondary Education Program are supported by qualified faculty, university supervisors, and staff as they progress through their curriculum and clinical experiences. Candidates receive a solid foundation to become effective middle or high school teachers committed to scholarship, lifelong inquiry, leadership, and social responsibility.
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Dr. Eileen Kolich is a Professor and full-time faculty member in the Ed. D. program in the Center for Higher Education and Organizational Change. During her 25 years at Benedictine University she has received numerous service awards, including the Blackburn Award for Exemplary Administrative Leadership (2004), the President's Award for Leadership (2003), and the President's Award for Innovation (2000). Prior to her current position, she served in a number of administrative roles, which included Chair of the Education Department and Division, Dean of the School of Education, Associate Provost of Academic Affairs and Founding Dean of the Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies. She earned her BA at Rutgers University and her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in Curriculum &Instruction: Reading, Communication, Language Education, and Instructional Systems. Her area of expertise is in Curriculum Development in Higher Education.