"The online format allows for flexible learning, interaction with students from afar, the understanding of on-line learning and its benefits (as this is certainly the wave of the future), the knowledge and compassion of the teachers and the institution as a whole."
- Tamara C. Johnson, Student
Saint Xavier University
Online Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
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Dr. Zhao is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education. He holds a BA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Shanghai International Studies University, an MA in Comparative Education from Beijing Normal University, and a PhD in Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education from the State University of New York-Buffalo, where his dissertation explored the social aspect of teaching and learning in distance education and the interactive environment. Dr. Zhao has published numerous articles and led presentations on the social and technological aspects of education for various scholarly publications and academic associations, including the Mid-Western Educational Research Association and the LiveText Collaboration Conference.
Dr. Spelman has been a teacher, administrator, and consultant on literacy issues, particularly in inner-city environments. Her other areas of expertise include teacher development, assessment, and data-driven instruction. She holds a certificate in the pedagogy of online course design and delivery from Sheffield College, United Kingdom, and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University Chicago.
Dr. Knight has taught courses in teacher education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for the last 24 years. She holds a master’s in Counseling Psychology from De Paul University and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. During her career she has published extensively on urban education and has given presentations on education issues in the Czech Republic, Ireland, England, France, Panama, and all over the U.S. Besides her teaching duties and research, Dr. Knight serves as a member of the Illinois Board of Higher Education Advisory Committee and works with the Archdiocese of Chicago to assist veteran teachers with teaching mathematics. She is the recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award from Saint Xavier University and the State of Illinois.
Founded in 1846 by the Sisters of Mercy, Saint Xavier University is a private, Catholic, comprehensive university grounded in the tradition of the liberal arts.
Chicago's oldest Catholic University now adds its online, global Saint Xavier campus to the existing campuses in Chicago and Orland Park.
As one of 16 colleges and universities sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Saint Xavier University educates approximately 5,100 students each year.
Saint Xavierís Catholic tradition promotes ethical development, service to the community, and a search for truth via observation, analysis, and debate. We have a long history of educating students to prepare them for professional success and lay the foundation for personal fulfillment with values such as to explore and respect different viewpoints, work for the betterment of the community, and engage students in the pursuit of lifelong learning.
Saint Xavier continues this tradition throughout our online curriculum with support from experienced faculty, stimulating discussions among a diverse student body, and rigorous coursework.
SXU holds regional accreditation (the highest level of accreditation for institutions of higher education) from the Higher Learning Commission, which is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). In addition: