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School of Education

Academic Policies - Undergraduate

The School of Education prepares men and women to work in a variety of educational and professional occupations. At the undergraduate level, the school offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed).

TLLSC Program Handbook (PDF)
Awards & Honors 
        Interdisciplinary Honors Program 
        Dean’s List 
        Laudatory Status 
        Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society
        Program Area Awards
        Social Justice Award
Academic Integrity
Academic Standing 
        Academic Warning 
        Probation 
        Continued Probation 
        Dismissal for Poor Scholarship
Performance Review of Teacher Candidates
Teacher Education Benchmarks
Withdrawal Policy for TLLSC Sequences
Requirements for Teacher Licensure
Criminal Background Checks
Graduation
International Baccalaureate (PDF)

Awards and Honors

Interdisciplinary Honors Program    
The Interdisciplinary Honors Programintegrates a challenging academic program with service-learning opportunities. Taking a series of interdisciplinary courses, students learn to perceive unexpected convergences among discrete facts, to synthesize information from many sources, and to use their knowledge to benefit society.

 Dean’s List   
The School of Education’s Dean’s List is a semester by semester acknowledgment of those full-time (12 or more graded semester hours) students who obtain at least a 3.5 grade point average in any given academic semester. Students on the dean’s list receive a personal acknowledgement from the dean.

 Laudatory Status   
A student who earns a cumulative Loyola GPA of at least 3.50 will be graduated cum laude (with honors); of at least 3.70, magna cum laude (with high honors); of at least 3.90, summa cum laude (with highest honors). For the purpose of calculating the grade point average (GPA), averages are NOT rounded, i.e., 3.49 is not rounded to 3.50. Laudatory status requires exactly 3.50 or better.

Transfer students must complete a minimum of 60 graded Loyola hours (excluding pass-no pass hours) to be eligible for academic honors. Work completed at a program or college not formally affiliated with Loyola will not be counted. The computation is based on the student's entire academic career at Loyola.

Laudatory status for the degree will be based on certification of all requirements and may differ from the status announced at graduation ceremonies if degree requirements are not certified at the time of the ceremony.

Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society   
Alpha Sigma Nu is the national society of Jesuit colleges and university throughout the world. Its purpose is to acknowledge the Jesuit ideals of the intellectual excellence, community service and integrity. Invitations to apply for Alpha Sigma Nu are extended to candidates who have demonstrated those Jesuit ideals in their lives. 

NOTE: A student in the School of Education may not take any more than 25% of their total hours in courses from the School of Business Administration. A student in the School of Education wanting to take more than 25% of their total hours in courses from the School of Business Administration will need to earn dual degrees. See section on dual degrees for further information.

 Program Area Awards (Bilingual/Bicultural Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary Education, Math Education, Science Education, Secondary Education and Special Education)
This award is based on a candidate's academic and leadership performance. Below is a list of requirements that must be met in order to be considered for this award:

  1. GPA of 3.7 (major - content and education)
  2. Demonstrated leadership within the classroom and participation in education related activities (internal and external)
  3. Quality of work

Candidates are selected by the program faculty and the final candidates by the Teaching & Learning faculty as a whole.  

Social Justice Award   
This award is based on a candidate’s understanding and demonstration of the School’s Conceptual Framework: “Professionalism in Service of Social Justice”. Below is a list of requirements that must be met in order to be considered for this award:

  1. Open to all majors in the School of Education who are graduating seniors (Fall, Spring, or Summer)
  2. Candidates must answer the following 3 questions with no more than 500 words per response:
    a. Describe your conception of social justice.
    b. Describe what activities you have created or participated in that reflect your commitment to social justice.
    c. Describe how your classroom will model principles of social justice.
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation (1 letter must come from a faculty member in the School of Education. The other letter can come from someone external to the School of Education.)

Application Process: An announcement for this award will be sent out to all qualified graduating seniors (fall, spring, or summer). The Teaching and Learning Faculty will review completed applications and faculty will select a recipient and provide rationale as to why the candidate has been nominated. 

Academic Integrity

In general, a violation of academic integrity occurs when the nature or source of academic work is misrepresented. This occurs in incidents such as, but not limited to, claiming work as one's own when it is not (e.g., plagiarism and cheating on tests) and/or falsifying data. It’s the responsibility of the student to review the full policy.

Academic Standing

Students are required to achieve a minimum GPA of 2.8 in all sequences with the lowest grade possible being a C. Students who do not meet the requirement will not be allowed to progress to the next sequence. Students must request permission to repeat a sequence. Students who are denied permission to progress will be dismissed from the program.

Academic Warning   
Any student who does not achieve a term GPA of a 2.5 but has a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher will be placed on academic warning.  Any student who has been placed on academic warning and does not achieve a cumulative GPA of a 2.5 in his/her next academic semester will be placed on academic probation.

Any student who does not achieve a term content area and/or major GPA of a 2.8 or higher but has a cumulative content area and/or major GPA of 2.8 or higher will be placed on academic warning.  Any student who has been placed on academic warning and does not achieve a content area and/or major GPA of a 2.8 in his/her next academic semester will be placed on academic probation.

Probation   
Any student whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.5 will be placed on academic probation.

Any student whose term content area and/or major GPA falls below 2.8 will be placed on academic probation.

Any student who fails to show timely progression toward completion of his/her degree requirements, may at the discretion of his or her dean, be placed on probation.  A contract defining the terms under which the student can remove him/herself from probation must be completed by the end of the second week of classes in the next semester.

Continued Probation   
Any student who achieves a term GPA of 2.5 during their probationary semester, while not yet achieving a cumulative GPA of 2.5, will be continued on probation.

Any student who achieves a content area and/or major GPA of 2.8 during their probationary semester, while not yet achieving a content area and/or major GPA of 2.8, will be continued on probation.

Dismissal for Poor Scholarship   
Any student who fails to achieve a term GPA of at least a 2.5 for the probationary semester will be dismissed for poor scholarship from the School of Education.  Students who maintain a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 may be academically eligible to submit an application for transfer to another school/college within the university.

Any student who fails to achieve a content area and/or major GPA of at least a 2.8 for the probationary semester will be dismissed for poor scholarship from the School of Education.  Students who maintain a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 may be academically eligible to submit an application for transfer to another school/college within the university.

Any student who fails to achieve a GPA of least 2.8 in a sequence may be dismissed for poor scholarship from the School of Education.

Performance Review of Teacher Education Candidates

All teacher candidates are subject to an annual academic performance review process and a clinical performance review process every semester. The Teaching and Learning faculty review candidates’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for participation in the program and degree completion. An “Abilities and Educational Dispositions” form is completed on any candidate that faculty have concerns.

Clinical Review Guidelines

Teacher Education Benchmarks

  1. Admission to Program/ Phase I
    • Background Check
  2. Entrance Requirements for Phase II (Application Required)
    • 2.8 Major GPA and 2.5 Overall GPA
    • Declare Area of Specialty
    • UCWR 110
    • Disposition Review
    • Successful Completion of Sequence 3 Summative Assessment
    • Pass the TAP (or ACT qualifying score)
  3. Entrance Requirements for Phase III
    • 2.8 Major GPA and 2.5 Overall GPA
    • Disposition Review
    • Successful Completion of Sequence 6 Summative Assessment
    • Pass the Content Area Exam
    • Apply for the One-Year Internship
  4. Degree Conferral
    • 2.8 Major GPA and 2.5 Overall GPA
    • Disposition Review
    • Successful completion of Phase III
    • All degree requirements satisfied
  5. Licensure
    • Pass the IMPACT Project and Professional Practice Portfolio
    • Pass all required ISBE exams (this includes the APT)
    • No grades below a C

Withdrawal Policy for TLLSC Sequences

Each sequence (comprised of one to five modules) is discrete and follows the drop/withdrawal policy established for a semester course. Students are not allowed to drop any of the TLSC courses without permission.

Requirements for Teacher Licensure

Students must apply to the Office of Student Academic Services for licensure (i.e., it is not automatically conferred at graduation), and students are bound by the licensure requirements of the state of Illinois at the time of their application. Therefore, students should apply for certification as soon as possible after graduation to avoid being liable for additional coursework should the state modify its requirements. Students are responsible for meeting requirements necessary for licensure.

Illinois requires passing scores on state tests of basic skills, competency in the certification areas, and assessment of professional standards of teaching. Procedures and form for Licensure 

Criminal Background Checks

Criminal background checks are required prior to initial field or practicum/internship experience in the schools.

Graduation

The requirements for graduation from the School of Education may differ from other schools/colleges in the university. Students must complete a minimum of 120 hours to graduate. Students must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA. They must also have a minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA in their Core Curriculum and a minimum GPA of 2.8 in their education major and content area major (College of Arts and Sciences). 

Students must file an Application for their Degree Conferral on or before October 1 for degrees to be awarded in May/August and on or before April 1 for degrees to be awarded in December.

Students must take their final, uninterrupted 45 hours of instruction or a minimum of 60 hours in residence at Loyola University Chicago. In-residence hours refers to the course credit hours taken at Loyola University, the Rome Center, or taken from any of the Loyola sponsored study abroad programs through the Office for International Programs.

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School of Education
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