Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

Special & Abroad Programs

In addition to an array of superior academic degree programs, the School of Education also offers special opportunities for students to enrich and enhance learning. For additional information or assistance about SOE's special programs, call: 312.915.6800 or send us an e-mail at: SchlEduc@luc.edu.

Summer in Rome

Graduate education courses are offered at Loyola's John Felice Rome Center, enabling students to experience the cultural resources of the Eternal City. Graduate program details are made available online by mid-October every year. For program information, visit Summer Study in Rome, or e-mail: SOERome@luc.edu.

Academic Coaching

Academic Coaching is a hybrid tutoring and mentoring combination that pairs high achieving (3.0 GPA) and professionally trained college students with at-risk students in underperforming urban high schools for regularly scheduled support.

GEAR UP at Loyola

The Chicago GEAR UP Alliance is a federally funded program that operates as a partnership of Chicago post-secondary institutions and Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The School of Education at Loyola University Chicago has been an active partner in the GEAR UP network for nine years. Programs include direct services to students, parent programs, and professional development for CPS faculty.

Loyola’s GEAR UP network leads professional development efforts for the Chicago GEAR UP Alliance in the area of mathematics, participating in annual conference design and implementation, curriculum development, and onsite professional development in area schools. Loyola’s GU network also coordinates a number of direct outreach projects with CPS high-need high schools by hiring and training nearly 50 Loyola undergrads to work weekly as “academic coaches” with small groups of students in those designated schools.

One GEAR UP initiative is MathFLIX, a series of short professional education videos for teachers and teaching students to learn and review math concepts. For more information, see mathflix.luc.edu.

For more information on GEAR UP at Loyola or becoming an academic coach, contact Mary Charles at 773.508.8383 or email at mcharle@luc.edu.

JVC Magis

JVC Magis is a two/three-year service program for college graduates who are former Jesuit volunteers. Its mission is prepare leaders to advance the apostolic work of the Jesuits and the Catholic Church by serving Catholic and Jesuit apostolates in the Chicago area as well trained professionals. The essence of JVC MAGIS can be found in its four values: social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality. Participants of JVC MAGIS serve others as dedicated, full-time professionals. They attend graduate classes through a graduate program at Loyola University Chicago. Upon successful completion of the course work, participants earn a master’s degree from Loyola.


LU-CHOICE is a post-graduate service-teaching program whose mission is to advance Catholic education by educating, placing, and supporting talented college graduates in elementary classrooms in the Archdiocese of Chicago. LU-CHOICE teachers live out their faith and embody the Jesuit ideal of being men and women for others through service to their schools and dedication to their community.