Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

Program Benefits

The opportunity to obtain a quality education is one of the most important points of access in our society. In many cases, and for many reasons, children and adolescents do not have access to an equitable education. To address this opportunity gap and at the same time meet the important national, state, and local goals for improving learning outcomes for all students, teachers require sophisticated professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions to have an impact on diverse learners in diverse settings. This in turn requires a comprehensive teacher education program that can prepare new teachers for this important work.

The Teaching, Learning, and Leading with Schools and Communities (TLLSC) program at Loyola University Chicago is designed to do just that. Launched in the summer of 2014, TLLSC is a university-based teacher preparation program that is field-based and conducted in collaboration with a diverse range of educational institutions.

Highlights of the Program:

  • All courses are offered on-site at partner schools, museums, cultural institutions, and community organizations so that students move continually between university classroom and field experiences with direct support from faculty and thereby merge theory with practice in authentic educational contexts each semester.
  • Our field-based program provides you with extensive opportunities to work alongside expert teachers in classrooms in an apprenticeship model.
  • Loyola faculty have partnered with schools and community organizations to ensure that you gain extensive deep experiences engaging with diverse populations, including students with special needs and those labeled as English language learners.
  • All teacher candidates are eligible to receive an endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL) upon completion of their program.
  • In addition to collaboration with teacher educators from the school, community, and university settings, TLLSC utilizes professional learning communities (PLCs) to foster meaningful collaboration among teacher candidates.
  • Through PLCs in your area of specialization (e.g., elementary education or special education), guidance and collaboration peers and faculty in similar areas of interest and expertise come together each semester to dialog and learn from one another.
  • In the final phase of your program, you will engage in an extended internship experience in the same classroom.
  • Elementary and secondary education candidates can earn a teacher certificate through the International Baccalaureate Organization and become eligible to teach at schools worldwide.
  • Secondary education candidates can complete the program in just over a year, while elementary and special education candidates can complete their programs in two years.