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Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


M.Ed. in Special Education

Degree Requirements

Total Hours: 52
Student Teaching/Practicum: Required
Comprehensive: Capstone project that consists of a self-study research project around a problem of practice
Thesis: None

Length of Program 
The program is designed as field-based and is only offered full-time, during daytime hours to maximize field experiences in K-12 settings. Candidates can complete the program in two years, or six semesters (summer, fall, spring, fall, summer, and spring).  Candidates begin the program in the summer. Candidates have five years from acceptance to complete the program. (See SOE Policy: Time Limit for Degree Completion‌)

Program and State Requirements
All candidates must pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) to advance past their first semester of enrollment.  Candidates in all programs leading to Illinois license are also required to pass an Illinois State Criminal Background Check.  Policies and procedures for receiving Illinois licensure must be met.

Continuous Enrollments
Master's candidates in Special Education are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each candidate must enroll in at least one course.  (See SOE Policy: Time Limit for Degree Completion)

A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education’s Associate Dean of Student Academic Services.

Curriculum Plan: Completion of the M.Ed. degree program in Special Education requires 52 semester hours. As a field-based program, the curriculum is only offered full-time, during day-time hours to ensure quality experiences with our K-12 school and community partners. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will be eligible for an Illinois Professional Educator License with a Learning Behavioral Specialist I (LBSI) PreK - 21 endorsement, an elementary education endorsement and English-as-Second Language (ESL) endorsement. Program Handbook

Required Courses (52 semester hours) Course Sequence

Comprehensive Assessment   
Teacher candidates complete during student teaching a Professional Practice Profile and Impact on Student Learning Project that demonstrates expertise in content areas and pedagogy as well as reflection on classroom and clinical experience.

Graduation Requirements

Degree Conferral
While the commencement ceremony is every May, degrees can be conferred May, August, and December. Students must apply for graduation/degree conferral. Students should apply for graduation in the semester they anticipate completing all degree requirements. Failure to meet application deadlines may result in a delay of the conferral of the degree to the following semester. Applications for Degree Conferral are due:

*Students having their degrees conferred in August are eligible to participate in the proceeding May Commencement.

Please note the degree conferral application is valid for only one semester. If the degree is not conferred for the semester requested, a new application is required for a subsequent semester.


School of Education
820 N. Michigan Ave., Lewis Towers 11th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
312.915.6800 ยท SchlEduc@luc.edu

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