Teaching, Learning, and Leading with Schools and Communities

Loyola's teacher education programs have been recognized nationally and internationally as innovative in their approach to teacher education. Our programs are anchored in partnerships among the School of Education and both school and community organizations. Our programs will prepare you to support the development and learning of diverse children within the complex, changing realities of urban schools and communities. We designed our programs with a shared commitment to rethinking a formerly traditional model of teacher education.  Instead of delivering most coursework on campus, with disjointed clinical experiences prior to student teaching, our students work alongside faculty in the field during each semester, where an apprenticeship approach to teaching, learning, and leading occurs in daily practice (we also offer convenient online options for some graduate programs). These experiences are unified and intentionally sequenced to ensure that you successfully develop essential knowledge and skills. 

Our programs:

  • are nationally accredited and recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education
  • result in extremely high employment and retention rates for graduates
  • offer a range of credential and endorsement options
  • provide immediate access to field experiences
  • include some study abroad options
  • provide you with the opportunity to select an internship site
  • offer assistance in completing licensure and seeking employment

Teaching is a complex and highly rewarding profession that is practiced within a complex landscape of national, state, and local policies. Loyola's teacher education programs provide you with the professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for you to enter or advance in this profession as an effective and resilient teacher. If you would like to know more about the differences between teacher education at Loyola vs. other universities, please TLLSC Comparison Table. 


Program information for students admitted prior to Summer 2014