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MEd Cultural & Educational Policy Studies

  • Examine education policy and practice through a multidisciplinary approach, with an overarching emphasis on social justice.
  • Balance work and graduate study with courses offered in the late afternoons and evenings.
  • Gain experience working in diverse, real-world settings through engaged learning internship experience.
  • Finish the MEd degree in as few as three semesters (inclusive of summer coursework).
  • Apply disciplinary (humanities, social science) perspectives to issues and questions in educational policy and practice.
  • Develop expertise in a focused domain of educational practice (domestic or global), including specific skills and competencies needed in work related to education policy.
  • Critically assess the methodological, epistemological and ethical foundations of research.
  • Recognize education’s cultural dimensions and leverage cultural analyses in their work to improve educational experiences and institutions.
  • Bring educational research to bear on forming and implementing educational policy and practice.
  • Become critical consumers of educational research.

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  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 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.  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.

Autumn 2019

  • ELPS 405: Introduction to Educational Policy (Thursday, 4:15-6:45)(Dr. Jules)
  • ELPS 410: Sociology of Education (Wednesday, 7-9:30)(Dr. Phillippo)
  • ELPS 420: Philosophy of Education (Tuesday, 7-9:30)(Dr. Shuffelton)
  • ELPS 512: Sociology of Teaching Seminar (Wednesday, 4:15-6:45)(Dr. Phillippo)
  • ELPS 520: Seminar in the Philosophy of Education: Justice (Tuesday, 4:15-6:45)(Dr. Shuffelton)

Spring 2020

  • ELPS 412: Urban Education Policy Seminar (Tuesday, 4:15-6:45)(Dr. Phillippo)
  • ELPS 444: American Schooling and Social Policy: A Historical Perspective (Monday, 4:15-6:45)(Dr. Deane)
  • ELPS 455: Comparative Education (Thursday, 4:15-6:45)(Dr. Jules)
  • ELPS 520: Seminar in the Philosophy of Education: Violence in Schools (Thursday, 7-9:30)(Dr. Deane)

Priority Application Deadlines: 
Fall: April 1
Spring: November 1

Applications after the deadlines are considered when space for additional students is available.


JD/MA and JD/MEd Dual Degree: June 1 (You must also separately apply for JD admission.  Please follow the Law School application guidelines for early notification and priority deadlines.  Applications accepted across the year for accepted JD students who wish to transfer to the JD/MEd dual degree.)


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.


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


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


We ask that you submit only two letters, no more, no less. Recommenders may be academic or professional in nature.


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

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

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