Curriculum, Cultures, and Communities MEd

About the Curriculum, Culture, & Communities 3Cs MEd at Loyola

Positively impact students, institutions, and communities by becoming a socially just curriculum specialist through the MEd in Curriculum, Culture, and Communities at Loyola University Chicago.

Designed by Loyola's School of Education, the MEd in 3Cs provides you with the academic, research-based, and practical experiences you need for curriculum specialist jobs at higher education institutions, schools, and communities. You can also continue on into our EdD in 3Cs program, transferring all 30 credit hours toward your doctorate.

Program Structure

The MEd in Curriculum, Culture, and Communities (3Cs) can be pursued full time or part time. Classes are held weekday evenings at Loyola's Water Tower Campus, conveniently located off the Red Line in the heart of Chicago, and the majority of the courses are also offered online.

The MEd in 3Cs is a 30-credit-hour program consisting of 10 classes. Usually, students complete the degree in two years. You will also have the opportunity to study abroad one summer at our John Felice Rome Center in Italy.

Why Choose Loyola for your MEd in Curriculum, Culture, and Communities?

The innovative Loyola MEd in 3Cs is designed within a social justice framework across schools and communities so you can advance in your career as a social justice-oriented curriculum specialist.

Develop skills to become a change agent

Cultivate your research, pedagogical, and leadership skills to support culturally responsive education, asset-based community perspectives, and mutually beneficial partnerships across educational institutions and global communities.

Investigate critical questions that contribute to the development and improvement of instructional practices, transformative curriculum, and relationships across school, community, and university settings.

Balance your graduate studies along with your career and other commitments through a flexible master's program that offers you online courses, on-campus evening and weekend classes, or a mix of both.

Start on your path to your doctorate at Loyola with an MEd in 3Cs that allows all of your coursework to be transferred toward our EdD in Curriculum, Culture, and Communities.

Engage in collaborative research with faculty, community organizations, cultural institutions, and schools to address the educational needs and goals of communities.

Through small class sizes, you will have the opportunity to grow your network by developing professional relationships with faculty and students in your cohort.

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the School of Education faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Curriculum, Cultures, and Communities MEd program.


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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Curriculum, Cultures, and Communities MEd program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Curriculum, Cultures, and Communities MEd learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Curriculum, Cultures, and Communities MEd totals $30750.00, or 30 credit hours at a cost of $1,025.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

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Visit the School of Education Scholarships page for detailed information about eligible scholarships.

More information about financial aid opportunities can be found on the Financial Aid Office website.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Curriculum, Cultures, and Communities MEd are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Fall: March 15
Spring: October 15

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Curriculum, Cultures, and Communities MEd include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 1 Letter of Recommendation

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • Resume/CV

  • Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose Details

Your statement should be 2-3 pages and describe your academic and research interests, professional goals, and life experiences that have influenced your view of social justice.

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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