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Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


M.Ed. in Secondary Education (Endorsement 6-12)

Degree Requirements

Total Hours: 36
Student Teaching: Required.
Comprehensive: Capstone project that consists of a Professional Practice Profile and Student Impact Project
Thesis: None

Length of Program 
Candidates complete the program in one-year (summer, fall, spring, and summer). This is a full-time, daytime field-based program 

Students have five years from acceptance to complete the program. (See SOE Policy: Time Limit for Degree Completion‌)

Program and State Requirements
All candidates must pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) and their specific content exam to advance past their first semester of enrollment. Candidates in all programs leading to Illinois licensure are also required to pass an Illinois State Criminal Background Check.  Policies and procedures for receiving Illinois license must be met.

Continuous Enrollments
Master's students in Secondary Education are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must enroll in at least one course. (See SOE Policy: Academic Standing - Continuous Enrollment‌)

A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education’s Associate Dean of Student Academic Services.

Curriculum Plan
Completion of the M.Ed. degree program in Secondary Education requires 36 semester hours. A capstone project that consists of a Professional Practice Profile and Student Impact Project is completed during student teaching. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates are eligible for an Illinois Professional Educator License with endorsements in their specific major grades 6 - 12, and an English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) grades 6-12. Program Handbook

Required Courses (36 semester hours) Course Sequence

Endorsement areas requiring additional requirements


Foreign Language

History, Political Science, and Psychology

The following undergraduate courses in the social sciences or their equivalent must be completed in addition to the major field.  A second teaching field is required for those whose major field is Political Science or Psychology.


Comprehensive Assessment   
All teacher candidates to complete during student teaching a Professional Practice Profile and Impact on Student Learning Project that demonstrates expertise in content areas and pedagogy as well as reflection on classroom and clinical experiences.

Graduation Requirements

Degree Conferral
While the commencement ceremony is every May, degrees can be conferred May, August, and December. Students must apply for graduation/degree conferral. Students should apply for graduation in the semester they anticipate completing all degree requirements. Failure to meet application deadlines may result in a delay of the conferral of the degree to the following semester. Applications for Degree Conferral are due:

*Students having their degrees conferred in August are eligible to participate in the proceeding May Commencement.

Please note the degree conferral application is valid for only one semester. If the degree is not conferred for the semester requested, a new application is required for a subsequent semester.


School of Education
820 N. Michigan Ave., Lewis Towers 11th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
312.915.6800 ยท SchlEduc@luc.edu

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