Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

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MEd in Language, Culture, and Curriculum

  • Enhance your expertise and practice to work in settings including ESL, EFL, TESOL, bilingual, and general education.
  • Earn your Master's degree, which includes required coursework for the ESL endorsement. You can take one additional course to receive bilingual endorsement.
  • Develop in-depth expertise to support the learning and language development of all students with targeted focus on emergent bilingual learners.
  • Complete coursework online from anywhere in the world, or take courses in-person on our Chicago campus.
  • Immediately apply your leaning to your classroom practice via the project-based approach that prioritizes the development of both you and your students.
  • Engage in collaborative learning with other educators via structured cohorts that move through the strategically sequenced 10-course program together. 
  • Complete the degree program in less than 1.5 years by taking two courses per semester – ideal for the busy classroom teacher looking for flexibility and applicability. 
  • Holistically support students' social, emotional, cultural, linguistic, and academic development and achievement. 
  • Actively engage in the design and implementation of educational policies, programs, and services for emergent bilinguals.
  • Align curriculum and instruction with the cultural and linguistic goals and resources of families and communities. 
  • Plan and implement classroom instruction and assessment that integrates language into rigorous literacy and content area teaching.  
  • Find and utilize culturally and linguistically relevant literature, materials and technology, to support learning, literacy, and biliteracy.
  • Involve parents, families, and communities in meaningful ways to support students' learning, development, and achievement.
  • Promote equity for emergent bilinguals via leadership and advocacy work both inside and outside of schools. 

Required Courses (30 semester hours; courses listed in order taken in the program)

  • CIEP 509: Social Justice and Multilingual Learners 
  • CIEP 503: Culturally Relevant Literature for Children & Adolescents
  • CIEP 471: Theoretical Foundations for Teaching ESL/Bilingual
  • CIEP 508: Language Demands & Development
  • CIEP 474: Assessment of Bilingual Students
  • CIEP 507: Literacy & Bilingualism
  • CIEP 472: Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL/Bilingual
  • CIEP 506: English Language Learning Practicum
  • CIEP 504: Applied Linguistics for Teachers
  • CIEP 473: Instructional Leadership for Multicultural Schools

The program requires 30 semester hours, consisting of 10 classes and a comprehensive portfolio, which is embedded in program coursework. Courses are taken one at a time spanning 6-8 weeks, meaning that students only focus on the content and project for one course at any given time.


Length of the Program: Students complete the program in 1.5 years, takings two classes each semester for five semesters (i.e., Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer). Should the need arise to deviate from the cohort, students have five years from acceptance to complete the program.


Continuous Enrollments: Master's students in Language, Culture, and Curriculum are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must enroll in at least one course. A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education’s Associate Dean of Student Academic Services.


Clinical Experiences: Students will complete clinical experiences integrated within individual courses. For students who are not currently teaching, additional clinical hours may be required outside of coursework.


Comprehensive Assessment: The comprehensive portfolio for this program will be completed throughout the program. The professional portfolio includes the focal project from each practice-based course, including:

  • Personal philosophy for teaching emergent bilinguals
  • Community study and culturally relevant library list
  • Parent guide to federal, state, and local language policies
  • Classroom displays for students' metalinguistic awareness
  • Student case study and assessment portfolio
  • Literacy and biliteracy student intervention plan
  • Disciplinary unit plan with language lens
  • Co-planning and co-teaching unit of study
  • Applied linguistics problem and action plan
  • Professional development plan for school change


Degree Conferral: While the commencement ceremony is every May, degrees can be conferred May, August, and December. Students must apply for graduation/degree conferral. Students should apply for graduation in the semester they anticipate completing all degree requirements. Failure to meet application deadlines may result in a delay of the conferral of the degree to the following semester. Applications for Degree Conferral are due:

  • August 1 for December conferral
  • December 1 for May conferral
  • February 1 for August conferral*

*Students having their degrees conferred in August are eligible to participate in the proceeding May Commencement.

Please note the degree conferral application is valid for only one semester. If the degree is not conferred for the semester requested, a new application is required for a subsequent semester.

International Students: Educators from countries around the world are encouraged to apply to Loyola's Language, Culture and Curriculum Master's Program to develop their asset-based linguistically and culturally responsive practice and explore new ideas. Courses focus on theories, concepts, and skill development applicable to schools with bilingual and multilingual student populations in any context. 

For more information on taking part in this program as an international student, please visit: International Students

Application Deadlines: 
This program begins each spring semester in January. Applications are due on November 1st. Admitted students must commit to attending Loyola by December 1st


Cohort Model: This program is following a cohort model with both online and in-person cohort options. 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 program. The development of the cohort is contingent upon reaching the required numbers of enrolled students.


A Completed Application Form 
You may submit your application form online. The application consists of two primary components: transcripts and a personal statement. 


Applicants must submit 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. We will accept unofficial transcripts given the current environment of the pandemic. 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. In exceptional cases, applicants whose undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 may be admitted. We give 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.


A Personal Statement
Your statement should be 1-2 pages, describing:

  1. Professional, Academic and/or research interests, and goals
  2. Life experiences that have influenced your desire to study language, culture, and curriculum at a social-justice-oriented institution.


More information for International Students

For additional information on billing, payment, and policies, please visit the Office of the Bursar. For information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities, visit Loyola's Financial Aid Office and through the School of Education.

  • Program Director: Guofang Wan

Faculty Expertise

  • Curriculum foundations-practice-policies
  • Field-based teacher education and teacher advocacy
  • Collaborative school-community partnerships
  • Language, literacy, and culture
  • Culturally responsive practice and curriculum reform
  • Spirituality & transformative curriculum leadership
  • Disciplinary expertise: Math, Science, ELA, Social Studies, Elementary Ed, Special Ed, and Early Childhood


Students interested in pursuing the MEd in Language, Culture, and Curriculum are not required to hold a teaching license; however, students will need to hold a valid teaching license should they wish to formally attach the ESL endorsement that is a part of this larger Master's degree program. 


This program will provide the coursework needed to receive an ESL endorsement if candidates hold an Illinois teaching license. The endorsement is for the grade range of the license with the exception of the middle grades. Adding the middle grade ESL endorsement may require additional course work if the middle grade endorsement is not currently on the license.


Applicants licensed to teach outside of the state of Illinois may be able to receive the ESL endorsement through the Language, Culture, and Curriculum program through reciprocity agreements. The following states have reciprocity agreements with Illinois: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. 


For more information, please visit: Illinois Licensure