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.
**Students should have all courses related to endorsements in their field completed prior to admission given the intensive nature of this program.
This is a full-time field-based program designed for individuals who are just entering the teaching field and require an initial teaching license. These candidates will complete the Teaching, Learning, Leading with Schools and Communities program. An integral component of the program is classroom experience. This allows individuals to become involved in educational experiences, including guided observations, interviewing students, teachers, parents, and community members, conducting small group or whole class instruction, and engaging with formal and informal educational communities. View our comparison table (PDF) to see some of the way in which Loyola's TLLSC differs from traditional teacher preparation programs.
The Teaching and Learnin Program Distinguished Alumnus/a Award is given for outstanding contributions to the profession and the school. It is presented annually at the Loyola School of Education’s Fall Alumni Reception.