Application Deadline and Contacts

Start TermPriority DeadlineGeneral Deadline
Summer I
February 15th
March 31st
Applications for Summer I admission will be accepted on a rolling basis.

General Admission Requirements

  • A Completed Application Form 
    You may submit your application form online
  • Official Transcripts
    Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree or a bachelor’s degree in progress. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts; we have them on record. Transcripts must show a GPA of at least a 3.0 or 2.5 for Mathematics. 

    In exceptional cases, applicants whose undergraduate GPA is below the cutoff may be admitted. Each program area gives meaningful consideration to the applicant's graduate GPA, recommendations, professional experience and reasons for pursuing a graduate program, as well as to the diversity of the student body.
  • One Letter of Recommendation
    Recommenders should be academic or professional in nature. Current students and alumni of Loyola University Chicago must seek a letter of recommendation from someone other than the Teaching, Learning, and Leading with Schools and Communities (TLLSC) program advisor.
  • Statement of Purpose
    In a statement of 2-3 pages, double spaced, describe your
    1. academic and professional background and experience
    2. plans and goals for the MEd in secondary education upon completion of graduate work.
    3. perspective on social justices as applied to preparing to be a high school teacher
    4. why you are a good fit for Loyola University Chicago's Teaching, Learning and Leading with Schools and Communities program.
  • Resume
  • International Students
    Additional requirements for International applicants including English Language and Transcript & Credentials can be found on our International Students page

Content Area Specific Requirements

Please refer to the dropdowns below for more information about requirements specific to your chose content area.


Candidates must have 32 total credit hours at grade C or above in English including the following courses (Loyola University Chicago course equivalents provided in parentheses):

  • College Writing (UCWR 110: College Writing Seminar)
  • 1 course in Grammar, Linguistics, Applied Linguistics or History of English (ENGL 303)
  • Adolescent Literature (CIEP 350)
  • Shakespeare Studies (ENGL 326)
  • Critical Theory (ENGL 354)
  • 5 hours of upper division English (300-level or above, not counting courses used to meet other requirements)
  • At least 1 course in English literature before 1700: (ENGL 304, 230, 321, 322, 323, 325, 327, 328, 329, or 365)
  • At least 1 course in English literature after 1700 but before 1900: (ENGL 305, 330, 333, 335, 338, 343, 375, or 376)
  • At least 1 course in English literature since 1900: (ENGL 278, 344, 345, 348, 349, 351, 361, 371 or 377)
  • At least 1 course designated as multicultural literature: (ENGL 282, 312, 315, 372, 384)


Candidates must have completed each of the following courses or their equivalent with a C- or better (Loyola University Chicago course equivalents provided in parentheses):

  • Calculus I and II (MATH 161 and 162)
  • Multivariable Calculus (MATH 263)
  • Linear Algebra (MATH 212)
  • Abstract Algebra (MATH 313)
  • Number Theory (MATH 201)
  • History of Mathematics (MATH 301)
  • Combinatorics (MATH 318)
  • Mathematical Programming (MATH 215) or Object-Oriented Programming (COMP 170)
  • Statistics (STAT 203 or 335)
  • Game Theory (MATH 360)
  • Euclidean and non-Euclidean Geometry (MATH 344)

A transcript analysis will be conducted.

Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

For applicants interested in becoming Biology, Chemistry, or Physics teachers:

Candidates must have 32 total credit hours at grade C- or above in the specific content area where licensure is sought.

There are specific competencies that must be addressed, including in mathematics, and a transcript analysis will be conducted.

Once one holds a Professional Educator License (PEL) in a given teaching field, additional content area endorsements are added by passing the content exam and providing evidence of 18 semester hours of coursework in the desired content area.

Social Studies

For applicants interested in becoming social studies teachers:

Candidates must have 32 total credit hours at grade C- or above in the social sciences. The social sciences are defined as courses taken in departments of:

  • anthropology
  • economics
  • geography
  • history
  • political science
  • psychology
  • sociology

Candidates must have completed a course in each of the following social science fields (Loyola University Chicago course equivalents provided in parentheses):

  • United States History (HIST 103 or 211 or 213)
  • Non-United States History (HIST 101 or 102 or 104)
  • Political Science (PLSC 101)
  • Economics (ECON 201 or 202)
  • Geography (ENVS 282 or 283 or ANTH 104)
  • Social or Behavioral Sciences (SOCL 101 or ANTH 102 or PSYCH 101)

All secondary candidates must complete the program with a licensure endorsement in history education, even if psychology or political science are the initial endorsement field.

To do this, candidates must:

  • have at least 12 credit hours in history by the time of certification or
  • have passed the Illinois Licensure Test #246 “Social Science: History” prior to admission.

Candidates can also add additional endorsements in the other social science fields with 12 credit hours in the field or passing the appropriate Illinois Licensure Test.