Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

Admission

MEd in Secondary Education

Applicants for a teaching license with a secondary endorsement must have completed a major or 32 semester hours with a GPA of at least 3.0, or 2.5 for Mathematics in one of Loyola’s approved teaching disciplines (Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Math, Political Science*, Physics, or Psychology*) prior to applying. In exceptional cases, applicants whose undergraduate GPA is below the cutoff may be admitted.  Each program area gives meaningful consideration to the applicant's graduate GPA, recommendations, professional experience, and reasons for pursuing a graduate program, as well as to the diversity of the student body.

 

*Political Science and Psychology require a second teaching field in History (21 hours). 

Application Deadline:
Summer: February 1
(Applications completed by December 1, will receive admission decisions by January 1.)
Applicants who are admitted need to commit to attending Loyola by April 2nd.

Cohort Model: This program is following a cohort model. A cohort of students who attend together all of the required courses leading to a degree. In this model, students benefit from networking and building professional relationships with one another during the course of their program. Once a cohort is formed, the students remain together for the duration of their endorsement program. The development of the cohort is contingent upon reaching the required numbers of enrolled students

A Completed Application Form
You may submit your application form online.

Official Transcripts
Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree or a bachelor’s degree in progress. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts; we have them on record.

Transcripts must show a GPA of at least a 3.0 or 2.5 for Mathematics. In exceptional cases, applicants whose undergraduate GPA is below the cutoff may be admitted. Each program area gives meaningful consideration to the applicant's graduate GPA, recommendations, professional experience and reasons for pursuing a graduate program, as well as to the diversity of the student body.

One Letter of Recommendation 
We ask that you submit one letter of recommendation. Recommenders should be academic or professional in nature.  Current students and alumnae of Loyola University Chicago must seek a letter of recommendation from someone other than the Teaching, Learning, and Leading with Schools and Communities (TLLSC) program advisor.

Contact Information for One Professional Reference 

References should be academic or professional in nature.  Please provide name, email address, phone number and a sentence about why this person is listed as a reference.

A Personal Statement*
Your statement should be 2-3 pages, double spaced (should address the following topics):

  1. Academic and professional background and experience
  2. Plans and goals for the Masters in Education - Secondary Education program and upon completion of graduate work
  3. Your perspective on social justices as it applies to preparing to be a teacher
  4. Why you are a good fit for Loyola University Chicago's Teaching, Learning & Leading with Schools and Communities program

 

Resume (Not required for 5 year dual degree program)

Exams:

  • Illinois Content Area Exam
  • Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or ACT/SAT scores
  • Please use these instructions for submitting ACT/SAT scores in lieu of the TAP.

  • To submit proof of passing scores an Education Licensure Information System (ELIS) screen shot must be submitted as part of the admission process. You can access the information by creating an ELIS account. You will then be able to view your testing information and future licensure information with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

Please refer to the study guide and registration on the Illinois Licensure Testing System site.

Foreign Language Majors (except Latin) -
Oral Proficiency Interview

A passing score must be submitted no later than second semester registration to continue in the program.