There are many opportunities for School of Education students to travel abroad or do international work here in our own community. We have listed several of these opportunities below. Please visit the links to find out more:
The comparative and international education degree programs at Loyola University Chicago are located within the Cultural and Educational Policy Studies (CEPS) Program. CEPS is a social foundations program which means that students studying comparative and international education also take courses in the sociology of education, the history of education, and the philosophy of education.
The BSEd in Bilingual/Bicultural Education is designed to provide graduates with both an elementary teaching certificate and endorsements to teach English language learners in grades K-9. The curriculum uses an interdisciplinary model, involving five departments across the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences. Candidates who complete this program will be able to teach in two languages and be competent in addressing the educational needs of English language learners.
The ELTL program provides comprehensive knowledge on English language teaching and learning, including second language acquisition theories and research, effective and innovative methods of instruction and assessment, and comprehensive knowledge about language, linguistics, language policy, and more. Candidates will leave the program with extensive knowledge and skills to meet the needs of linguistically diverse students in multiple contexts, including mainstream and English as a second language (ESL) classrooms at the P-12 levels, ESL with adult learners in the university or community college or organization context, and English as a foreign language (EFL) in the international context.
Heartland Alliance advances the human rights and responds to the human needs of endangered populations—particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced—through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society. Heartland Alliance volunteers serve others in a variety of ways; by sharing a smile and an encouraging word with a senior citizen, teaching English to refugees and non-native English speakers, instructing and instilling life skills to at-risk teenagers, counseling an individual impacted by HIV/AIDS, recruiting countless others to join in our human rights cause, and by simply giving unselfishly of their time and their talents.
IES is headquartered in Chicago and offers 100 study abroad programs in 36 global locations worldwide. They aim to create authentic global education and life-affirming cultural experiences. Those at IES believe that every student should have the opportunity to go abroad – especially in a fun, safe, and superior academic and cultural environment.
The School of Education offers an innovative program combining a secondary education major with a major in a Foreign Language. These languages include French, Italian, Latin and Spanish. This program, the first of its kind among Chicagoland universities, enables graduates to be recognized as experts both in teaching techniques and in a specific subject area.
The goal of the Loyola Literacy Center is to provide individual assistance to all adults, both native-born and foreign-born, who wish to improve their reading, writing, and speaking skills in English. The LCLC serves a highly diverse community of native-born and foreign-born adult learners. Most of the tutors at LCLC are Loyola students, some of whom elect to earn course credit for tutoring in the Center as part of an internship. All tutors receive an orientation to the LCLC and to tutoring adults; all tutoring is supervised by an on-site manager and experienced assistants.
The Office for International Programs (OIP) prepares students to serve the needs of the world community. OIP coordinates study abroad opportunities for Loyola students, offers services to visiting international students and scholars, operates the Chicago office for the John Felice Rome Center and The Beijing Center, and provides ESL services to the Loyola community.
School of Education Rome Programs
Loyola University Chicago's School of Education offers summer study sessions at Loyola's Rome Center campus in Italy for undergraduate and graduate students. All School of Education courses at Loyola's John Felice Rome Center make use of the vast cultural resources of this world-class city and involve on-site instruction. In addition, activities are scheduled for students that expand interaction with Rome and with the Italian way of life.
This unique program offers cultural, linguistic, and pedagogical immersion in an authentic school setting in order to prepare teachers who will use Spanish as a medium of instruction. Participants spend two weeks in Mexico City living in a homestay and pairing with elementary school teachers for Spanish-language pedagogical experiences. From 9 a.m.– 2 p.m. daily, students observe, co-teach, and work with students at Colegio Símon Bolívar, a private Catholic K-8 school. This immersion in a classroom in Mexico will make participants stand out when applying for teaching positions upon graduation.