Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

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MEd in Language, Culture, and Curriculum

  • 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.
  • 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.  

Required Courses (30 semester hours)

  • CIEP 442: Curriculum Development & Implementation
  • CIEP 469: Teaching and Learning in Urban Communities
  • CIEP 471: Theoretical Foundations for Teaching ESL/Bilingual
  • CIEP 472: Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL
  • CIEP 473: Instructional Leadership for Multicultural Schools
  • CIEP 474: Assessment of Bilingual Students
  • CIEP 503: Culturally Relevant Literature for Children & Adolescents
  • CIEP 504: Applied Linguistics for Teachers
  • CIEP 506: English Language Learning Practicum
  • Approved elective

The program requires 30 semester hours, consisting of 10 classes and a comprehensive portfolio, which is embedded in program coursework.

Students interested in pursuing the MEd in Language, Culture, and Curriculum are not required to hold any specific endorsement. 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.


Length of the Program: Students can complete the program in two years by takings two classes each semester for five semesters (e.g., Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring). 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 in a classroom with ELLs, additional clinical hours may be required outside of coursework.


Comprehensive Assessment: The comprehensive portfolio for this program will be completed throughout the program, specifically focused on foundations, methods, assessments, materials, applications, and practices with English language learners. The professional portfolio will include: Language Policy Case Study, Culturally Relevant Literature Inquiry Project, Sheltered Instruction Unit Plan, ELL Assessment Portfolio, Community & School Language Profile, and Applied Linguistics Reflection. No application is required. Program faculty will notify students of results.


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.

Application Deadlines: 
Fall: June 1
Applicants who are admitted need to commit to attending Loyola by July 1st.
This program has both an online cohort option in addition to the in-person cohort option.


Cohort Model: This program is following a cohort model. A cohort of 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 endorsement 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


Official Transcripts
Applicants must submit official 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. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. 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. Each program area gives 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.


One Letter of Recommendation and One Reference
We ask that you submit one letter of recommendation and list one additional contact  the application committee may follow up with directly.  Recommenders and References may be academic or professional in nature.


If you supply your recommender’s email address as part of your completed online application form, then your recommendation letter may be submitted online. Or, your recommender may choose to mail them to:


Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
820 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60611


A Personal Statement
Your statement should be 1-3 pages, and you should describe your:

  1. Academic and research interests, as well as your professional goals
  2. Life experiences that have influenced your view of social justice



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.

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 Financial Assistance through the School of Education.

  • Program Director: Hank Bohanon
    Phone: 312.915.7099
    E-mail: hbohano@luc.edu

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