Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

MEd in Secondary Education

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The MEd in Secondary Education is a full-time, field-based program designed for those just entering the teaching field and require initial teaching licensure. This program builds on MEd student's content knowledge, while deepening and broadening their understanding of teaching and learning in immersive urban contexts. To learn more about the program philosophy, visit Teaching, Learning, Leading with Schools and Communities. 

Loyola offers secondary endorsements (9–12) in the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Math, and Physics. Political Science and Psychology require a second teaching field in History.

Graduates of the program will receive a master's degree and an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with an endorsement in secondary grades 9–12 in the subject area.

Program benefits

  • Earn your initial professional educator license (PEL) for secondary education for grades 9–12 along with a Master's degree.
  • Gain significant field-based experience in low-income, urban school environments through our community partner organizations.
  • Graduate from a respected program accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
  • Earn a certificate to teach worldwide through the International Baccalaureate Organization.
  • Gain extensive deep experiences engaging with diverse populations, including students with special needs and those labeled as English language learners (all graduates are eligible for ESL endorsement).

Program outcomes

  • Candidates will apply deep understanding of both content and pedagogy to provide developmentally appropriate instruction to all students. 
  • Candidates will hold high expectations and build on the assets of diverse students.  
  • Candidates will utilize information from theories and related research-based practices when making decisions and taking action in their professional practice. 
  • Candidates will use data to drive instruction and assess teaching and learning effectiveness.

Explore the program

The Teaching and Learning 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.