Academic Programs

Chicagoland Partners for English Language Learners (CPELL) is a $2-million, 5-year program made available through the Department of Education/Office of English Language Acquisition grant. CPELL offers three levels of support to build capacity within partner school districts: administration and teacher professional development, parent workshops, and graduate level education cohort* programs at heavily reduced tuition.

CPELL COHORT*

Students enrolled in the CPELL program receive the multiple benefits of participating in a cohort program at Loyola.  All courses in the program are taught by highly qualified professors.  Students in the cohort attend classes together and benefit from discussing their unique educational and professional experiences.  It is our hope that these students will form lasting professional bonds that will be utilized throughout their careers.  Ideal applicants to the cohort program include those who are interested in becoming leaders at multicultural, multilingual schools.

*A cohort is a group of students who attend together all of the required courses leading to a degree. Students benefit from networking and bonding with one another during the course of their program. Once a cohort is formed, the students remain together for the duration of their degree program. New students are not admitted to a cohort after it begins, but they may join newly forming cohorts.

CPELL offers Loyola University Chicago tuition discounts to those within the partner district schools.

Vernon Hills CPELL Cohorts:


  • This dual endorsement M.Ed. program will provide candidates with the knowledge and skills to effectively teach English Language Learners (ELLs) in multiple contexts (P-12) while also providing the candidates with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to effectively lead, supervise, and advocate in school and district-wide programs that serve English Language Learners and their families. This new M.Ed. program is exclusive to Loyola. Candidates from partner school districts are eligible for 60% tuition discount paid by the grant.

    Note: Prior to second year, candidates will complete the 4-part onsite interview at Vernon Hills, consisting of an oral interview, PowerPoint presentation, instructional video real-time analysis, and onsite writing sample. CPELL pays the $600 fee for the online state mandated evaluation modules that are required after 4th semester courses are completed.

  • M.Ed. in English Language Teaching and Learning with ESL
    This 30-hour program includes 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. Candidates from partner school districts are eligible for 50% tuition discount paid by the grant.

  • English as a Second Language endorsement only
    This 18-hour program is designed to equip teachers with the knowledge and skills to effectively teach English Learners (ELs) in the mainstream classroom and the English as a Second Language (ESL) context. The program provides comprehensive instruction specific to ELs in today’s classrooms, including second language acquisition theories and research, effective and innovative methods of instruction and assessment, and comprehensive knowledge about language, language policy, and more. Candidates from partner school districts are eligible for 50% tuition discount paid by the grant.

For more information on becoming a CPELL scholar, please contact us. Please check with CPELL for future cohort opportunities.

Contact Us

For more information please e-mail CPELL@luc.edu or call 312-915-6318

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