M.Ed. in Secondary Education
The M.Ed. in Secondary Education aims at preparing individuals for work in schools serving predominantly low income students in urban communities. This program builds on individuals’ content knowledge, while deepening and broadening their understanding of teaching and learning in urban contexts. The program strives to prepare individuals to be effective educators in urban schools and improve the quality of education offered to young people in the Chicago metropolitan area. Several university projects and community collaborations further the opportunities for individuals to be involved in a variety of educational experiences.
Subjects: Loyola offers secondary endorsements (6-12) in the following areas: Biology, Chemistry*, English, History, Math, Physics, Political Science* and Psychology*. Endorsements in French, Italian, Latin and Spanish are for grades K-12. Individuals are required to have a minimum of 32 hours in their field of study prior to admission. Graduates of the program will receive a master's degree and a Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with endorsements in middle grades 6-8 and secondary 9 -12 in the subject area and foreign languages grades K-12.
* Political Science and Psychology require a second teaching field.
An integral component of the program is classroom clinical experience. These experiences allow individuals to become involved in off-campus educational experiences, including guided observations, tutoring, attending school board meetings, observing classroom activities, and conducting small group or whole class instruction. Individuals must be available for clinical experiences in the morning or afternoon when schools are in session.