Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

Teacher Preparation

Teaching, Learning, and Leading with Schools and Communities (TLLSC)

Welcome to teacher preparation at Loyola University Chicago! We believe that teachers make a real difference in the lives of children. Research demonstrates that teachers have the greatest impact on student achievement. To meet national, state, and local goals of improving learning outcomes for all students and reducing the opportunity gap for all students to receive a quality education, teachers require professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions to have an impact on diverse learners in diverse settings.

All of Loyola’s Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) degrees use the Teaching, Learning, and Leading with Schools and Communities (TLLSC) curriculum as its foundation. It’s an approach that will help you stand out when you’re searching for your first job.

The TLLSC curriculum focuses on hands-on learning. Your studies will be built around four Cornerstones—partnering with schools and communities, classroom diversity, ongoing classroom experience, and participating in professional learning communities.

As you learn and grow, you’ll progress through the three Phases of the program. These phases will guide you through a comprehensive experience that will prepare you to make a difference with learners in diverse settings.

Program benefits

  • Get extensive classroom experience in diverse settings through Loyola’s partnerships with schools and communities.
  • Graduate with eligibility for an ELL endorsement.
  • Graduate from a fully accredited college that prepares students for licensing and advanced board licensure.
  • Continually collaborate with faculty and students at all levels within your chosen specialty through professional learning communities.
  • Earn a teacher certificate through the International Baccalaureate Organization (bilingual/bicultural, elementary and secondary education graduates)
Explore Teacher Preparation at Loyola
Four cornerstones guide a student's progression through the program, each focusing on elements of Teaching, Learning, and Leading with Schools and Communities.
All students move through the three phases of field-based sequences and modules across the four years of study.
Education Majors and Minors

View our comparison table (PDF) to see some of the way in which Loyola's TLLSC differs from traditional teacher preparation programs.