The opportunity to earn a quality education is one of the most important points of access in our society. In many cases, and for many reasons, children and adolescents do not have access to an equitable education. To address this opportunity gap and at the same time meet the important national, state, and local goals for improving learning outcomes for all students, teachers require sophisticated professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions to have an impact on diverse learners in diverse settings. This in turn requires a comprehensive teacher education program that can prepare new teachers for this important work.
The Teaching, Learning, and Leading with Schools and Communities (TLLSC) program at Loyola University Chicago is designed to do just that. Launched in the fall of 2013, TLLSC is the first university-based teacher preparation program that is completely field-based as well as conducted in collaboration with a diverse range of educational institutions.
Highlights of the Program:
- All courses are offered on-site at partner schools, museums, cultural institutions, and community organizations so that students move continually between university classroom and field experiences with direct support from faculty and thereby merge theory with practice in authentic educational contexts each semester for four years. This means that your first course is primarily out in schools, not at the university.
- Our field-based program provides you with extensive opportunities to work alongside expert teachers in classrooms.
- Loyola faculty have partnered with schools and community organizations to ensure that you gain extensive deep experiences engaging with diverse populations, including students with special needs and those labeled as English language learners. All teacher candidates are eligible to receive an endorsement in English Language Learning upon completion of their program.
- In addition to collaboration with teacher educators from the school, community, and university settings, TLLSC utilizes professional learning communities (PLCs) to foster meaningful collaboration among teacher candidates. Through PLCs within your specific area of specialization (e.g., secondary social studies, early childhood), freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and faculty in similar areas of interest and expertise come together each semester to dialog and learn from one another.
- In the final year of your program, you will engage in a one-year internship experience in the same classroom.
- Elementary and secondary education candidates can earn a teacher certificate through the International Baccalaureate Organization.