Being a teacher is hard work, but if you love teaching and learning, it is a fun and amazing career! Successful teachers must be engaged and engaging, open and collaborative, dedicated, and professional. The education major at Holy Cross will enable you to change the world for the better, by educating hearts and minds, one child at a time. It is more than a career, it is a vocation.
Holy Cross College students are exposed to a variety of classrooms from the start. Our program puts students in the field right away with a trained and experienced mentor teacher. They participate in meaningful work and spend more hours working with kids than most programs. Holy Cross also offers a 4-year program to complete dual licensure in Elementary Education and English as a New Language (ENL). ENL prepares teachers to work with immigrant students and their families. In our diverse society, this additional license will make Holy Cross graduates extremely marketable in the field of education.
The Elementary Education Program will prepare candidates for a dual license in teaching children in grades K-6. You will receive both an elementary education license and also the highly marketable English as a New Language (ENL) certification. This reflects the acknowledged need for beginning teachers to be culturally competent in working with children from all language backgrounds.
Along with experienced faculty, we offer:
- Accreditation by the Indiana State Department of Education.
- Extensive experiential learning opportunities with 675+ hours of work in the field.
- Extended periods of time in the classroom, working with children from your first education course to your student teaching internship in your last semester of your senior year.
- A dual license in Elementary Education and ENL in four years.
To learn more about the Teacher Education Program, visit the Application to the Teacher Education Program page.
Major and Minor Requirements
Chair, Department of Education
Prior to becoming a professor, I was an instructional coach, and was proud to participate in the successful turnaround of three schools in California. I have recently published my first book, Assessment for Learning: A Practical Approach for the Classroom.
At Holy Cross, I prepare students for the world of teaching they are going to enter by teaching them how to effectively use data from assessments and support English learners. I encourage my students to actively participate in their education. In return, I fully support their development with one-on-one coaching and cooperative teaching.
We have a vibrant English as a New Language program that provides the opportunity for in-service teachers to work with pre-service teachers toward ENL certification. The work they do through coursework has a positive impact on all of the children in their classroom, and the school community. The teacher mentor model gives undergraduates a chance to work closely in the field with an experienced teacher, while the teacher models life-long learning for the student.
Professor of Education, Director of Student Teaching
I have experienced nearly every aspect of teaching, from being a first-grade teacher to college professor. I believe the role of a teacher is something to be proud of. It’s our responsibility to be ambassadors for social justice and service. I look forward to guiding student teachers through their year of fieldwork.
Adjunct Professor of Education
I have experience teaching middle school math and science and am involved with the ACE program at the University of Notre Dame. At Holy Cross, I teach methods courses and professional development on curriculum and instruction.
For more information about student teaching, the Student Teacher Handbook is available online.
Our students participate in research opportunities as well. In the past, this has included action research and working with data in the classroom, a Skype buddy experience with participants in Nicaragua, and a parent involvement project called No Parent Left Behind, which received a Ganey grant.
The English as a New Language (ENL) post-baccalaureate license program is comprised of 18 total credit hours taken within one year’s time. This program prepares participants for EL licensure.
Fall (9 credits)
ENLL560: ENL Part 1: Language Acquisition and Methods (1.5 hrs. per week face to face course on site and 1.5 hours per week in an online learning environment)
ENLL 500 Practicum 1: Mentoring Experience Part 1
ENLL 550: Cultural Immersion (An online course combined with 40 hours of experience working with students and families of a different culture)
Spring (9 credits)
ENLL565: ENL Part 2: Methods and Language Acquisition (1.5 hrs. per week face to face course on site and 1.5 hours per week in an online learning environment)
ENLL 501 Practicum 2: Mentoring Experience Part 2
ENLL 590 Capstone Project (Online course)
The deadline for the 2018-19 school year is August 1, 2018. Please email Eileen Dial @ email@example.com to be given priority for next year.
Program Cost: $4950.00
Estimated book cost: $200
Please note, this program follows the Holy Cross College academic calendar, however, accommodations can be made for teachers with different academic schedules.
CLICK HERE to apply
Or contact Eileen Dial:
Chair, Education Department
Director, English as a New Language Program