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Special Programs - Graduate

In addition to an array of superior academic degree programs, the School of Education also offers special opportunities for students to enrich and enhance learning:

Academic Coaching
Academic Coaching is a hybrid tutoring and mentoring combination that pairs high achieving (3.0 GPA) and professionally trained college students with at-risk students in underperforming urban high schools for regularly scheduled support.

Catholic School Educator Degree Programs

Chicagoland Partners for English Language Learners (CPELL)
The second generation CPELL program provides tuition scholarships within the School of Education for an M.Ed. in Teacher Leader and English as a Second Language (ESL) with dual endorsements in Teacher Leader and ESL, for an M.Ed. in English Language Teaching and Learning with an ESL endorsement or for an ESL endorsement only to teachers in partner school districts. CPELL also provide school-based comprehensive professional development to improve the program leadership and classroom instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) at partner schools. CPELL is distinctive in that it places an emphasis on developing ELL teacher leaders as well as educational and parental advocates for bilingual students. The CPELL program is funded by a second federal National Professional Development Grant #T365Z120068 from the Office of English Language Acquisition for $2 million over the next five years.

Countdown is a grant-funded multimedia mathematics education initiative. The two major components are the Countdown television show and the Countdown website. The Countdown television program is broadcast on Thursday evenings from September through May on CAN-TV’s channel 21. On-air educators work with student callers to tackle a variety of math topics using visual aids, manipulatives, games, and the computer. The Countdown website features over 800 instructional movies edited from the TV episodes. The movies are categorized according to national standards and alphabetically by concept. Many movies have accompanying downloadable activity sheets. The site provides free supplemental math instruction for K-12 students and professional development for teachers and tutors around the world.

For more information on Countdown, contact Dr. Diane Schiller at 773.508.8337 or email at dschill@luc.edu.

GEAR UP at Loyola
The Chicago GEAR UP (GU) Alliance is a federally funded program that operates as a partnership of Chicago post-secondary institutions and Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The School of Education at Loyola University Chicago has been an active partner in the GEAR UP network for nine years. Programs include direct services to students, parent programs, and professional development for CPS faculty.

Loyola’s GU network leads professional development efforts for the Chicago GEAR UP Alliance in the area of mathematics, participating in annual conference design and implementation, curriculum development, and onsite professional development in area schools. Loyola’s GU network also coordinates a number of direct outreach projects with CPS high-need high schools by hiring and training nearly 50 Loyola undergrads to work weekly as “academic coaches” with small groups of students in those designated schools.

For more information on GEAR UP at Loyola or becoming an academic coach, contact Mary Charles at 773.508.8383 or email at mcharle@luc.edu.

JVC Magis
JVC Magis is a two/three-year service program for college graduates who are former Jesuit volunteers. Its mission is prepare leaders to advance the apostolic work of the Jesuits and the Catholic Church by serving Catholic and Jesuit apostolates in the Chicago area as well trained professionals.

The essence of JVC MAGIS can be found in its four values: social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality. Participants of JVC MAGIS serve others as dedicated, full-time professionals. They attend graduate classes through a graduate program at Loyola University Chicago. Upon successful completion of the course work, participants earn a master’s degree from Loyola.

Language Matters
Langauge Matters is a grant-funded project that partners Loyola's School of Education with six north-side Chicago Public Schools and two networks to provide professional development and programming to support students' language development in academic instruction.  One central component of the project includes a graduate-level ESL endorsement cohort for teachers and leaders at partner schools.

LU-CHOICE is a post-graduate service-teaching program whose mission is to advance Catholic education by educating, placing, and supporting talented college graduates in elementary classrooms in the Archdiocese of Chicago.  LU-CHOICE teachers live out their faith and embody the Jesuit ideal of being men and women for others through service to their schools and dedication to their community.

School-Based Summer Immersion in Mexico City
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 9am – 2pm 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.

Summer Study in Rome
Graduate education courses are offered at Loyola's John Felice Rome Center, enabling students to experience the cultural resources of the Eternal City. Graduate program details are made available online by mid-October every year. SOE's Rome program contact is Dr. Janis Fine. Contact her at: 312.915.7022 or e-mail: jfine@luc.edu.

Click on the links above to review program details. For additional information or assistance about SOE's special programs, call: 312.915.6800 or send us an e-mail at: SchlEduc@luc.edu.

Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS)
The Loyola University Chicago Teaching with Primary Sources program helps K-12th grade Chicago area educators use the Library of Congress' rich reservoir of digitized primary source materials to design challenging, high-quality instruction. The program is funded through the Library of Congress and awarded in Illinois through the efforts and support of U.S. Senator Richard J. "Dick" Durbin (D-IL). Formerly known as Adventure of the American Mind (AAM)


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