A driving force for educational equity in Chicago and across the nation


The School of Education has been a cornerstone of the Chicago educational landscape for 50+ years, so where ever you work in education in Loyola's hometown, you'll cross paths with a Loyolan. Plus, our alumni teach and work in 100+ cities and states across the country. Where ever they are, Loyola alumni are confronting the challenges of today's educational system head-on.

Education reform is front-and-center in the news cycle, circling questions of equity and service and values. Teachers and administrators are taxed with responding to these systemic issues while addressing daily needs of students, parents (or guardians), and colleagues. They’re taxed with stretching both financial and community-based resources to meet operational demands. They’re taxed with the emotional load of navigating new norms for everything from severe student anxiety and school refusal to complex safety procedures to digital addiction and behavior disorders. And they remain taxed with bridging the decades-old, palpable gap of social equity and justice in the school system.

At Loyola, we educate the educators on how to solve these systemic and universal challenges in our nation’s schools and communities. We believe the best approach is to immerse our students in practical, educational environments from the start. With 99% undergraduate employment placement by graduation and master's programs touting over 95% placement within three months of completion, it’s a proven model for success.

Graduates of Loyola's School of Education can expect lasting relationships with each other and an extensive alumni network to support them throughout their career in education, as they lead the way in educational reform and teaching innovation.

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Each year, the program areas within the School of Education nominate one of their graduates for a Distinguished Alumni award, bringing forth examples demonstrating how the individual is living fully into the Jesuit ideal of being a person for others and acting as an agent of change in the world. These awards are presented at an event where faculty and alumni gather together to reconnect and lift up some of the amazing and significant work that our former students are doing in their respective fields. Click here to find out about the 2021 recipients.