Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

MEd in Higher Education

Overview

The Loyola University Chicago Higher Education program is a critical interdisciplinary program that prepares practitioner-scholars to embrace, articulate, and develop the real connections between theory and practice.  Through the study of social, cultural, philosophical, and historical issues in higher education, our program is based on the premise that regardless of role (student affairs practitioners, administrators, faculty, etc.), all higher education professionals ideally operate from a position of community cultural wealth, funds of knowledge, and intellectual acumen – all elements that are relational and in constant interaction with one another.  This graduate program takes an authentic hybrid approach to the study of higher education in all of its iterations, placing equal, dynamic value on the multiple, complex roles that higher education professionals and faculty play in this field.

Loyola Higher Education faculty and students recognize the power of alternative ways of knowing and being and stress the significance of students’ experiential knowledge. Students in this program explore the fundamental importance of power, identity, intersectionality, advocacy, and activism in education. Our faculty specialize in a broad range of topics including but not limited to:  

  • social justice and education,
  • critical theory and pedagogy,
  • contexts of activism in education,
  • identity formation,
  • student development,
  • agency,
  • Multiracial students’ experiences in education,
  • undocumented students’ experiences in education,
  • African American and Latinx experiences in education,
  • academic labor,
  • international higher education, and 
  • democracy and education.

 

Program benefits

  • The cohort model employed in the MEd program in higher education attracts students with experience in a wide range of higher education roles and settings, enriching students' educational experiences and allowing them to network with other professionals in the field.
  • Loyola's metropolitan Chicago location provides students with numerous opportunities for internships and subsequent employment. Graduates of the MEd program hold administrative positions in many of the area's universities, community colleges, and professional and vocational schools.
  • The MEd program offers a number of unique features including an emphasis on social justice, opportunities to engage in research with faculty, and study abroad experiences.

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