Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

MEd in Special Education (for Licensed Teachers)

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The MEd in Special Education is designed specifically for candidates who are full-time teachers and desire to expand their working knowledge base for students with exceptionalities. This program trains teachers to meet the multiple and unique needs of students with learning, behavioral/emotional, mental, and/or physical disabilities at the elementary-, middle-, and high-school levels. Teachers trained through a non-categorical model are better prepared to work with students' complex and multiple needs. The curriculum is designed to provide a special emphasis on integrating research and practice.

The program curriculum covers the knowledge and skills of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Content Standards for Special Educators-Learning Behavior Specialist I (LSBI). Instructional formats include both in-person and blended online formats. Classes meet at a convenient time to allow travel from schools. The program is accredited by CAEP and ISBE.

Program benefits

  • Earn your degree while working full time, through convenient class-times and blended online formats.
  • Graduate with eligibility for Learning Behavior Specialist I endorsement.
  • Study at a respected program accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
  • Gain experience working with diverse student populations through field-based courses.

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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.

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