Earn a degree and certification to teach at the high school level at Loyola, a longtime partner of Chicago-area schools
As a high school teacher, you will have the opportunity to support and influence students at a critical, formative time in their life. Here at Loyola, earn a master's degree through an immersive curriculum that places you directly in Chicago's classrooms, learning from other teachers and making a difference for students right away
Our commitment to you
The MEd in Secondary Education degree from Loyola will prepare you with possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values for teaching English, Mathematics, Social Studies, or Science at grades 9 through 12.
You will be equipped to teach in secondary schools, whether that be in general education or ESL and bilingual education. You will have a deep understanding of both content and pedagogy to provide developmentally appropriate instruction to all students.
You will utilize information from theories and related research-based practices when making decisions and taking action in your classroom, using data to drive instruction and assess teaching and learning effectiveness. Plus, you will gain extensive experience engaging with diverse populations, including students labeled as English language learners, and have the opportunity to earn secondary endorsements in the following subject areas:
- Biology, Chemistry, Physics
- History, Political Science, and Psychology
At Loyola, we value the interdependence and emerging relationships among educational and social communities, and are always guided by principles of equity and social justice in these interactions. In this teaching degree program, you will foster your own individuality, cultural awareness, social responsibility, and creative inquiry - all in pursuit of a degree that will help you break down barriers to equity in secondary education.
Our dedicated Teaching and Learning Faculty are experts in their fields who will support students throughout each stage of the program.
Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), Loyola's MEd in secondary education requires 36 semester hours. A capstone project that consists of a Professional Practice Profile and Student Impact Project is completed during student teaching. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates are eligible for an Illinois Professional Educator License with endorsements in their specific major grades 9–12, and an English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) teacher.
Candidates complete the program in one year (Summer, Fall, Spring, and Summer). This is a full-time, field-based program. Students have five years from acceptance to complete the program.
Master's students in Secondary 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 student must enroll in at least one course. A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education’s Assistant Dean of Student Academic Affairs.
This program follows a cohort model, enrolling a group of students who attend all of the required courses leading to a degree together. In this model, students benefit from networking and building professional relationships with one another during the course of their program. Once a cohort is formed, the students remain together for the duration of their program. The development of the cohort is contingent upon reaching the required numbers of enrolled students.
Required Courses (36 semester hours)
- TLSC 401: Bringing Language, Learning and Developmental Theory into Practice
- TLSC 403: Teaching, Learning and Leading for Social Justice
- TLSC 404: Constructive Learning Environments for Diverse Students
- TLSC 405: Analyzing Culturally Responsive Classroom Instruction
- TLSC 406: Educational Policy for Diverse Students
- TLSC 407: Individualized Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Students
- TLSC 440: Language and Literacy for Diverse Students
- TLSC 441: Using Classroom Data in a Collaborative Environment to Advance Student Achievement
- TLSC 442: Discipline-Specific Literacy for Diverse Students
- TLSC 450: Teaching and Learning in an Area of Specialization
- TLSC 451: Teaching and Learning with a Global Framework
- TLSC 460: Developing Rigorous and Relevant Instruction and Assessment
- TLSC 461: Developing and Implementing Rigorous and Relevant Instruction and Assessment
- TLSC 470A: Teaching, Learning, and Leading with Schools and Communities Internship: Student Teaching
- TLSC 470B: Teaching, Learning, and Leading with Schools and Communities Internship: Student Teaching
- Candidates must meet all Licensure Requirements including the Educational Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), which demonstrates expertise in content areas and pedagogy, as well as a reflection on classroom and clinical experiences.
Interested in applying? Check out the MEd Secondary Education application requirements.
Tuition, Financial Aid and Scholarships
The School of Education and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable. You can learn more on the Financial Assistance page.