Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

MEd in English Language Teaching & Learning



In a globalizing and diversifying world, teaching and learning of English language learners (ELLs) is an integral field of study at any school of education. The demand for well-prepared ELL teachers is evident both in national and international contexts. The program provides comprehensive knowledge on English language teaching and learning, including second language acquisition theories and research, effective and innovative methods of instruction and assessment, and comprehensive knowledge about language, linguistics, language policy, and more.

Candidates will leave the program with extensive knowledge and skills to meet the needs of linguistically diverse students in multiple contexts, including mainstream and English as a Second Language (ESL) classrooms at the PK-12 levels, ESL with adult learners in the university or community college or organization context, and English as a foreign language (EFL) in the international context.

Program benefits

  • Complete the necessary coursework for the ESL endorsement, currently available for Illinois licensed teachers.
  • Gain extensive knowledge and skills to meet the needs of linguistically diverse students in multiple contexts.
  • Complete coursework online from anywhere in the world, or take courses in-person on our Chicago campus.
  • Engage in collaborative learning through participation in structured cohorts with other teachers of ELLs.
  • Complete the degree program in less than two years by taking two courses per semester – ideal for the busy classroom teacher.

Program outcomes

  • Support ELs’ social, emotional, cultural, linguistic, and academic development and achievement. 
  • Actively engage in the design and implementation of educational policies, programs, and services for ELs to align with the cultural and linguistic goals and resources of families and communities. 
  • Plan and implement classroom instruction and assessment that integrates language domains (i.e., listening, speaking, reading, and writing) into rigorous literacy and content area teaching.  
  • Find and utilize culturally and linguistically relevant literature, materials, technology, and other resources to target and support ELs’ unique funds of knowledge and learning needs.  
  • Involve parents, families, and communities in meaningful ways to support student achievement, as well as advocate for culturally and linguistically diverse students inside and outside of schools.  


This program is following a cohort model. A cohort is often a group of ten students who attend together all of the required courses leading to a degree. In this model, students benefit from networking and building professional relationships with one another during the course of their program. Once a cohort is formed, the students remain together for the duration of their degree program.

All courses in the program are taught by highly qualified professors. Students enrolled in the program receive the multiple benefits of participating in a cohort program at Loyola, including but not limited to attending classes together, cultivating a deeper understanding of topics through discussions with their unique educational and professional experiences, and developing a trusted network of professionals in the classroom who can serve as resources and support once in the field. It is our hope that these students will form lasting professional bonds that will be utilized throughout their careers.

This program has both an online cohort option in addition to the in-person cohort option.

Explore the program

The Teaching and Learning Program Distinguished Alumnus/a Award is given for outstanding contributions to the profession and the school. It is presented annually at the Loyola School of Education’s Fall Alumni Reception.