Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

MEd in Special Education

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The MEd in Special Education program prepares candidates in meeting the needs of students with learning, behavioral, emotional, mental, and/or physical disabilities in grades K-12. Using current research and best practices, candidates will be immersed in practical, hands-on experiences in developing and implementing curriculum, providing accommodations and modifications, and constructing individualized goals. Loyola’s non-categorical approach creates data-driven educators who meet students’ complex needs in individualized and diverse ways, including the use of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and technology.

This is a full-time field-based program designed for individuals who are just entering the teaching field and require an initial teaching license (for those who already have a PEL, click here). These candidates will complete Loyola's Teaching, Learning, Leading with Schools and Communities program. 

In addition to meeting the requirements for the PEL, this program covers the knowledge and skills of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Content Standards for Special Educators-Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBSI).

Program benefits

  • Earn an professional educator license (PEL), as well as Learning Behavior Specialist I endorsement.
  • 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).
  • Gain experience working with diverse student populations through field-based courses.
  • Graduate with eligibility for an ESL endorsement.

Program outcomes

  • Support students with a variety of academic, social, and behavioral needs. 
  • Provide great teaching for all students. 
  • Support students who are risk at risk of failure. 
  • Readily fine employment in a field that is in high demand.

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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.

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