Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

International Opportunities

There are many opportunities for School of Education students to travel abroad or do international work here in our own community. We have listed several of these opportunities below. Please visit the links to find out more:

Comparative International Education Programs

The comparative and international education degree programs at Loyola University Chicago are located within the Cultural and Educational Policy Studies (CEPS) Program.  CEPS is a social foundations program which means that students studying comparative and international education also take courses in the sociology of education, the history of education, and the philosophy of education.

School of Education Rome Programs

Loyola University Chicago's School of Education offers summer study sessions at Loyola's Rome Center campus in Italy for graduate students. All School of Education courses at Loyola's John Felice Rome Center make use of the vast cultural resources of this world-class city and involve on-site instruction. In addition, activities are scheduled for students that expand interaction with Rome and with the Italian way of life.

English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual Education Teaching Program (BSEd)

The BSEd in Bilingual/Bicultural Education is designed to provide graduates with both an elementary teaching certificate and endorsements to teach emergent bilingual learners in grades K-9. The curriculum uses an interdisciplinary model, involving five departments across the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences. Candidates who complete this program will be able to teach in two languages and be competent in addressing the educational needs of English language learners.

Language, Culture, and Curriculum Masters Program (MEd)

The Language, Culture, and Curriculum Master's program at Loyola University Chicago is designed to equip teachers in local as well as international educational contexts with the pertinent understandings and pedagogical practices to push forward emerging bilinguals' learning and language development across settings, including literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, world languages, and fine arts classrooms with children, adolescents, and adults. Since students develop and use language while engaged in learning, all educators can enhance their practice by adding lenses on language and culture to their curriculum. To meet the widespread demand for well-prepared teachers of emergent bilinguals, we have an online cohort option that allows completion of the degree program from anywhere in the world on flexible time schedules. Mirroring the content of our in-person cohort offering in the Chicagoland area, we meticulously designed the asynchronous online curriculum to be purposeful and authentic, allowing our top-notch professors and experts in the field of EL/bilingual education to respond to your goals and needs as teachers in diverse contexts across the globe. The project-based we implement in our coursework allows for targeted learning and support while engaging in shared learning with colleagues from around the world in online communities. 

Heartland Alliance

Heartland Alliance advances the human rights and responds to the human needs of endangered populations—particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced—through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society. Heartland Alliance volunteers serve others in a variety of ways; by sharing a smile and an encouraging word with a senior citizen, teaching English to refugees and non-native English speakers, instructing and instilling life skills to at-risk teenagers, counseling an individual impacted by HIV/AIDS, recruiting countless others to join in our human rights cause, and by simply giving unselfishly of their time and their talents.

IES Abroad

IES is headquartered in Chicago and offers 100 study abroad programs in 36 global locations worldwide. They aim to create authentic global education and life-affirming cultural experiences. Those at IES believe that every student should have the opportunity to go abroad – especially in a fun, safe, and superior academic and cultural environment.

Loyola Literacy Center

The goal of the Loyola Literacy Center is to provide individual assistance to all adults, both native-born and foreign-born, who wish to improve their reading, writing, and speaking skills in English. The LCLC serves a highly diverse community of native-born and foreign-born adult learners. Most of the tutors at LCLC are Loyola students, some of whom elect to earn course credit for tutoring in the Center as part of an internship. All tutors receive an orientation to the LCLC and to tutoring adults; all tutoring is supervised by an on-site manager and experienced assistants.

Office for International Programs

The Office for International Programs (OIP) prepares students to serve the needs of the world community. OIP coordinates study abroad opportunities for Loyola students, offers services to visiting international students and scholars, operates the Chicago office for the John Felice Rome Center, and provides ESL services to the Loyola community.