Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

MEd in Elementary Education (K-9 Endorsement)

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The MEd in Elementary Education is designed for individuals looking to make a difference in the lives of children. Graduates of the program will receive a Professional Educator License (PEL) with an elementary endorsement (grades K–5). An additional endorsement on the PEL is required to teach in grades 5–8. The program of study qualifies individuals for a middle-grade endorsement upon completion of an approved content area.

This is a full-time field-based program designed for individuals who are just entering the teaching field and require an initial teaching license. An integral component of our teacher preparation program is classroom experience. This allows students to be involved in guided observations, interviewing students, teachers, parents, and community members, conducting small group or whole class instruction, and engaging with formal and informal educational communities.  View our comparison table (PDF) to see some of the way in which Loyola's TLLSC differs from traditional teacher preparation programs.

Program benefits

  • Earn an initial teaching license (PEL) for grades K-5 in Illinois.
  • Have opportunity to receive additional endorsement for middle grades.
  • Learn in diverse, real-world settings through a field-based curriculum.
  • Graduate from a highly respected university accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

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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.