Elementary Education MEd

About the Elementary Education Master's Program at Loyola

If you are looking to advance your career in education, the MEd in Elementary Education at Loyola University Chicago can help you achieve your goals. With a focus on helping students of all backgrounds excel, the Loyola elementary education master's degree prepares you to work with diverse learners in grades 1-6.

In the master's in elementary education program, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of elementary school pedagogy, curriculum design, assessment, classroom management, and more. You will also gain your Professional Educator License (PEL) with elementary and ESL endorsements, giving you the credentials you need to teach in elementary classrooms.

Program Structure

The MEd in Elementary Education is a part-time, two-year program. Classes are held weekday afternoons and evenings at Loyola's two Chicago campuses, as well as online.

This program has multiple versions you can apply to. Find specific information about each program below.

Elementary Education MEd

The MEd in Elementary Education program is designed for individuals seeking to secure an initial educator's license to teach in elementary schools, whether that be in general education, special education, or ESL and bilingual education. An integral component of our teacher preparation program is classroom experience where candidates engage directly with students and educators while developing their pedagogical expertise.

The MEd in Elementary Education with Dance Concentration is designed for individuals looking to make a difference in the lives of children through dance instruction and is offered in partnership with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Residency Programs.

The program is designed for maximum impact to complete coursework with evening and online options, allowing you to be employed as a CPS teacher resident while pursuing your degree.

Graduates receive a Professional Educator License (PEL) with elementary and ESL endorsements along with a Dance Concentration based on 18 credit hours of existing dance coursework required to enter the program.

An integral component of our teacher preparation program is classroom experience where candidates engage directly with students and educators while developing their pedagogical expertise. To gain this experience, candidates will be employed as full-time CPS teacher residents and provided a resident stipend of $40,000 by CPS.

The MEd in Elementary Education with Theater Concentration program pairs Loyola's Department of Fine & Performing Arts with the School of Education via an exclusive partnership with the Chicago Public School (CPS) Teacher Residency Program. Teacher candidates are paired with expert CPS elementary and theater teachers who serve as mentors throughout the program. Candidates will be employed as full-time CPS teacher residents and provided a resident stipend of $40,000 by CPS.

Graduates receive a Professional Educator License (PEL) with elementary and ESL endorsements along with a Theater endorsement based on 18 credit hours of existing theater coursework required to enter the program.

This degree begins in the summer and takes one year to complete, allowing graduates to be eligible for full employment within CPS in the fall semester following program completion.

LU-CHOICE (Loyola University Chicago Opportunities in Catholic Education Program) is an initiative of the Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education. Through the LU-CHOICE program, students work full time in an elementary school in the city of Chicago.

Through LU-CHOICE, you will be matched for your field experience with elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago that are looking to hire for full-time positions. As an LU-CHOICE teacher, you will receive a salary as well as health insurance.

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Why Choose Loyola for Your MEd Degree?

Our reputable, flexible MEd program prioritizes in-depth field experience, the student-teacher relationship, and culturally responsive teaching. In the MEd in Elementary Education program at Loyola, you will cultivate your unique approach to fostering student learning and live it out in the classroom.

Accredited and respected

Earn your MEd degree from a school that meets rigorous standards for educator preparation. Loyola's School of Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The MEd program is accredited by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI). We're also proud to be the only school nationally that offers a majority (80%) field-based curriculum.

As a graduate of the MEd in Elementary Education program, you will receive a Professional Educator License (PEL) with elementary and ESL endorsements. You can tailor your MEd degree to your interests and expand your career options with bilingual, learning behavior specialist (LBS1), or middle grades endorsements.

Beginning in the summer and delivered in a hybrid format, the elementary education MEd allows you to pursue your education around your schedule. In-person classes meet in the late afternoon and evenings and feature an online component for working educators.

Apply the theories and approaches you have learned to field experiences. Before you begin full-time student teaching, you will attend three days a week for eight weeks so you can get to know the school, classroom, students, and cooperating teacher.

Learn from expert faculty who have experience in elementary classrooms and have close partnerships with Loyola's neighborhood schools. Our faculty are actively researching critical topics within the field, such as biliteracy development, positive behavior support, teacher learning, and literacy instruction in diverse environments.

Learn how to create welcoming environments and break down barriers to equity in education through Loyola's elementary education master's program. You will also develop cultural awareness, social responsibility, advocacy, and your own individuality.

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 Elementary Education MEd program.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Elementary Education 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 Elementary Education 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

ProgramCredit HoursCost Per Credit HourEstimated Tuition and Fees
Elementary Education MEd42$1,025.00$43050.00
Elementary Education MEd: Theater Concentration38$1,025.00$38950.00
LU-CHOICE Elementary Education MEd49$1,025.00$50225.00
Elementary Education MEd: Dance Concentration38$1,025.00$38950.00

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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Application Process

This program has multiple versions you can apply to. Find specific information about the application process for each program below.

Elementary Education MEd

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Elementary Education MEd are listed below:

Summer I
Priority: February 15
Final: March 31

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Elementary Education 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 1-3 pages and describe your academic and research interests, professional goals, and life experiences that have influenced your view of social justice.

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Elementary Education MEd: Theater Concentration are listed below:

Summer I
Priority: February 15
Final: March 31

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Elementary Education MEd: Theater Concentration include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 1 Letter of Recommendation

  • Resume/CV

  • Statement of Purpose

Prerequisite Course Requirements

Applicants must have 18 credit hours of coursework in Theater.

Statement of Purpose Details

Your statement should be 1-3 pages and describe your academic and research interests, professional goals, and life experiences that have influenced your view of social justice.

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the LU-CHOICE Elementary Education MEd are listed below:

Fall: March 18

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the LU-CHOICE Elementary Education MEd include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 1 Letter of Recommendation

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose Details

Your statement should be 1-3 pages and describe your motivations to be an elementary school teacher. Please include what experiences you have had with elementary-aged children, if you have participated in any teaching related activities (such as coaching, mentoring, tutoring, or teaching), experiences you may have had that influenced you to pursue teaching in a Catholic school, life experiences that have influenced your view of social justice, and why social justice is a vital aspect of preparing to teach in Catholic schools.

You may also consider how your personal values and beliefs relate to the mission statements of Loyola University Chicago and the Greeley Center.

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Elementary Education MEd: Dance Concentration are listed below:

Summer I
Priority: February 15
Final: March 31

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Elementary Education MEd: Dance Concentration include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 1 Letter of Recommendation

  • Resume/CV

  • Statement of Purpose

  • Dance Video Submission

The dance video submission should be 5 minutes long and demonstrate proficiency in the dance genre of your choice. Please choose one of the following options: class work (a barre, center, or across the floor combination), a performance reel (please make sure the video clearly identifies you as the featured dancer), or a dance teaching video that shows you instructing students of any age group in at least one movement combination. All styles and disciplines are welcome.

Prerequisite Course Requirements

Applicants must have 18 credit hours of coursework in Dance.

Statement of Purpose Details

Your statement should be 1-3 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 gradapp@luc.edu.

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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