Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


MEd in Cultural & Educational Policy Studies

Completion of the MEd degree program in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies requires 30 semester hours inclusive of a three-credit engaged learning internship experience, as well as the completion of an electronic capstone portfolio.

Core Courses (18 semester hours)

  • ELPS 405: Intro to Educational Policy Analysis
  • ELPS 420: Philosophy of Education
  • ELPS 444: American Schooling and Social Policy OR
    ELPS 446: Historical Foundations of Western Education and Social Policy
  • RMTD 400: Intro to Research Methodology
  • RMTD 404: Intro to Educational Statistics (or equivalent)
  • RMTD 406: Evaluation Research

Specialization (9 semester hours)
Students choose either of the following tracks:

American Education Policy Specialization:

  • ELPS 410: Sociology of Education

Plus two other courses selected in consultation with advisor, options include:

  • ELPS 412: Sociological Analysis of Urban Education and Policy
  • ELPS 510: Seminar in the Sociology of Education
  • ELPS 514: Sociology of Teaching
  • ELPS 516: The School as Organization
  • Plus additional courses and seminars as offered

Global and International Education Policy Specialization:

  • ELPS 455: Comparative Education

Plus two other courses selected in consultation with advisor, options include:

  • ELPS 447: History of Modern European Education
  • ELPS 457: Comparative Theory
  • ELPS 458: International Education
  • Plus additional courses and seminars as offered

Engaged Learning Internship Experience (3 semester hours)

  • American Education Policy Specialization:
    ELPS 564: Education Policy Internship

  • Global and International Education Policy Specialization:
    ELPS 565: International Education Internship

Length of the Program: For full time students taking three courses in the Fall and three in the Spring, the program can be completed in two years.  With carefully planned summer course-taking it is possible to complete the degree in a year and a half.

Continuous Enrollment: Master's students in cultural and educational policy studies 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 Associate Dean of Student Academic Services.

Comprehensive Assessment: A comprehensive electronic portfolio is required. Instructions

As part of your completion of the master's degree, you will be asked to maintain and submit a portfolio of your best written work completed at Loyola University Chicago, along with written reflections of your CEPS M.Ed. experiences, a professional development action plan, and an updated copy of your resume.

To help facilitate the assembly of your portfolio, we use a system called ePortfolio. ePortfolio is web based software that gives you access to easily organize your portfolio, upload papers and presentations, and request your advisor's feedback. You can access ePortfolio from any internet-connected computer to develop your portfolio. After you complete the portfolio, you can then use the software to turn it into a website to highlight your professional profile and accomplishments for potential employers and colleagues.

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.

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