Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

Explore the Program

BA/MEd Five-Year Degree in Chemistry and Secondary Education

  • Earn both degrees together in less time than it would take if pursued separately.
  • Gain broad perspective through a multidisciplinary .
  • Get real-world classroom experience in diverse settings through Loyola .
  • Earn a certificate to teach worldwide through the .
  • Gain extensive deep experiences engaging with diverse populations, including students with special needs and those labeled as English language learners (all graduates are eligible for ESL endorsement).

Students are enrolled in the College of Arts & Science for the first 4 years, working to complete the requirements for a BA degree in the STEM subject area of Chemistry as well pre-requisites for Loyola’s Graduate Teacher Preparation program. Students may begin the required sequence of classes for the MEd starting in their junior or senior year. They will also formally apply to the School of Education prior to their 5th year. The remainder of required education courses, including student teaching, are completed in the 5th year. Please note that the MEd includes at least one summer session. Depending on your financial aid package, it is possible to get summer aid for the graduate courses.

Students work under the guidance of the Education Senior Academic Advisor (at SOEAdvising@luc.edu), to outline a specific course of study to fulfill all requirements.  The timing of the education courses in the 4th and 5th years can vary depending on each student’s particular needs. The number of courses taken each term can vary depending on the plan developed.

Program Requirements:

A cumulative and major GPA of 3.0 or better is required to be admitted to the program.

In addition, the student must pass the Illinois State Board of Education Test of Academic Proficiency prior to beginning the education courses and pass the Chemistry Content exam as admission for the MEd.

Required Education Courses: (36 semester hours) 
  • TLSC 110: The Profession and Our Program (TLLSC)
  • TLSC 120: Bringing Language, Learning and Developmental Theory 
                        into Practice
  • TLSC 130: Community Immersion
  • TLSC 140: Teaching, Learning and Leading for Social Justice
  • TLSC 150: Constructive Learning Environments for Diverse Students
  • TLSC 160: Analyzing Culturally Responsive Classroom Instruction
  • TLSC 300: Professional Learning Communities
  • TLSC 406: Educational Policy for Diverse Students
  • TLSC 407: Individualized Assessment and Instruction for 
                        Diverse Students
  • TLSC 440: Language and Literacy for Diverse Students
  • TLSC 441: Using Classroom Data in a Collaborative Environment to 
                        Advance Student Achievement
  • TLSC 442: Discipline-Specific Literacy for Diverse Students
  • TLSC 450: Teaching and Learning in an Area of Specialization
  • TLSC 451: Teaching and Learning with a Global Framework
  • TLSC 460: Developing Rigorous and Relevant Instruction and 
  • TLSC 461: Developing and Implementing Rigorous and Relevant 
                        Instruction and Assessment
  • TLSC 470A: Teaching, Learning and Leading with Schools 
                          and Communities Internship: Student Teaching
  • TLSC 470B: Teaching, Learning and Leading with Schools 
                          and Communities Internship: Student Teaching

Application Deadline: 

Summer, February 1

1. *Applications completed by December 1, 2018 will receive admission decisions by January 1
2. Applicants who are admitted need to commit to attending Loyola by April 2, 2019


A Completed Application Form

You may submit your application form online




Official Transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work

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 

  • Recommenders and References may be academic or professional in nature.
  • Current studetns and alumnae of Loyola University Chicago must seek a letter of recommendation from someone other than the Teaching, Learning, and Leading with Schools and Communities (TLLSC) program advisor.

A Personal Statement of 2-3 pages double-space (should address the following topics):

  • Academic and and professional background and experience
  • Plans and goals for the masters in Education - Secondary Education program and upon completion of graduate work
  • Your perspective on social justice as it applies to preparing to be a teacher
  • Why you are a good fit for Loyola University Chicago's Teaching, Learning & Leading with Schools and Communities program


  • Illinois Content Area Exam

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.

Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship

Loyola University Chicago has received a multi-million-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program to provide tuition support to students in our science and mathematics degree programs. Learn more about this excellent opportunity here.

  • Contact Blake Chambliss 
    Senior Academic Advisor in the School of Education 
    mchambliss1@luc.edu or 312-915-6723