In Loyola's special education program, you'll learn skills and strategies to support students with a variety of academic, social, and behavioral needs, from ages 3 to 21

Without proper support and programming, special education students are often at risk of being overlooked or falling behind. As a Loyola-trained special education teacher, you'll be able to support every student, because our program certifies you as both a special education and elementary education teacher, with opportunities for English as a Second Language (ESL) licensure.

Our commitment to you

Upon graduation with a bachelor of science in special education degree from Loyola, you will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values necessary to teach special education students from ages 3 to 21, including elementary students in grades 1-6.


You'll develop a deep understanding of both content and pedagogy to provide developmentally appropriate instruction to all students.


You'll have accrued the equivalent of one year of full-time teaching experience through all the hands-on, experiential learning opportunities in Chicago's classrooms and community organizations, so you will be ready to be at the head of your own classroom. With the foundational knowledge from your Loyola education, you will utilize theories, data, and research practices when making decisions in your classroom and for your students and when assessing the effectiveness of teaching on learning.

Professional Values

As a Loyola-trained educator, you'll emphasize the importance of each of your students as an individual. You'll have high expectations for your students and values the experiences of diverse students. And you'll have the tools and training to address societal issues like inequitable resources and institutional barriers to success for all.

Program Faculty

Our dedicated Teaching and Learning Faculty are experts in their fields who will support students throughout each stage of the program.

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All of Loyola’s Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) degrees use the Teaching, Learning, and Leading with Schools and Communities (TLLSC) curriculum as its foundation. It’s an approach that will help you stand out when you’re searching for your first job.

The TLLSC curriculum focuses on hands-on learning. Your studies will be built around four Cornerstones—partnering with schools and communities, classroom diversity, ongoing classroom experience, and participating in professional learning communities.

As you learn and grow, you’ll progress through the three Phases of the program. These phases will guide you through a comprehensive experience that will prepare you to make a difference with learners in diverse settings.

BSEd in Special Education Sequence of Classes (PDF)

Program Benefits

  • Get extensive classroom experience in diverse settings through Loyola’s partnerships with schools and communities.
  • Graduate with eligibility for an English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement.
  • Graduate from a fully accredited college that prepares students for licensing and advanced board licensure.
  • Continually collaborate with faculty and students at all levels within your chosen specialty through professional learning communities.
  • Earn a teacher certificate through the International Baccalaureate Organization (bilingual/bicultural, elementary and secondary education graduates)

Admission Requirements

Visit Undergraduate Admission to start your online application today.

  • For program structure and academics related questions, contact: Adam Kennedy, Program Chair

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.