Frequently Asked Questions
- Who can apply to LU-CHOICE?
College graduates, or those expected to graduate in the spring prior to entry into the program, are invited to apply. LU-CHOICE is designed specifically for non-education majors. LU CHOICE is also designed for non-married persons. A married couple could be accepted if both persons were accepted into the program.
- I am not a Loyola student or graduate. Can I apply?
Yes, LU-CHOICE welcomes graduates of schools other than Loyola.
- Can I teach high school in LU-CHOICE?
LU-CHOICE places teachers in elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago in grades K through eighth. We do not place our teachers in high schools.
- May I teach in LU-CHOICE but not live in community?
One of the pillars of LU-CHOICE is community life. Community is a source of professional support, personal growth, and shared faith. Therefore, all LU-CHOICE teachers are required to live in community.
- Where do I live during the summer?
First year LU-CHOICE teachers live in residential dorms on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus while they take classes during the summer. Teachers are provided a meal plan, so they eat in the school’s dining halls. Second year LU CHOICE teachers live in their community home during their second summer in the program.
- Who chooses the school where I will teach?
LU-CHOICE serves schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago. LU-CHOICE staff will place you according to the needs of the Archdiocese and each school.
- How many graduate classes will I take?
Loyola's School of Education created a class sequence for LU-CHOICE that will prepare its teachers for the classroom as well as fulfill the requirements of the Master's degree with certification. LU-CHOICE teachers take classes each summer, during each semester of teaching, and earn student-teaching credit hours, for a total of 44 credit hours.
- What are the benefits to teaching in LU-CHOICE?
Participants receive several benefits, both tangible and intangible. Each LU-CHOICE teacher receives a modest stipend to cover living expenses, such as rent and groceries. Participants are eligible for undergraduate loan deferment, and some participants may be eligible for Perkins Loan forgiveness. Also, LU-CHOICE provides an opportunity to earn an M.Ed from Loyola University Chicago. Most importantly, LU-CHOICE allows participants to put their faith in action by serving and living in community with others.
- What expenses do LU-CHOICE teachers incur?
LU-CHOICE participants are responsible for paying rent and utilities after they move into their community home. They also pay for groceries, transportation, books for class and other education related expenses. (see program handbook for more detailed information about expenses).
- Will I need a car?
While some LU-CHOICE teachers do find having a car convenient, having a car is not a requirement. Community members are encouraged to share their resources and carpool with those who do not own cars.