Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

Master of Education in Special Education


820 N. Michigan Ave

Lewis Towers Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Education in Special Education

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MEd in Special Education program prepares candidates in meeting the needs of students with learning, behavioral, emotional, mental, and/or physical disabilities in grades K-12. Using current research and best practices, candidates will be immersed in practical, hands-on experiences in developing and implementing curriculum, providing accommodations and modifications, and constructing individualized goals. Loyola’s non-categorical approach creates data-driven educators who meet students’ complex needs in individualized and diverse ways, including the use of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and technology.

This is a full-time field-based program designed for individuals who are just entering the teaching field and require an initial teaching license (for those who already have a PEL, click here). These candidates will complete Loyola's Teaching, Learning, Leading with Schools and Communities program. 

In addition to meeting the requirements for the PEL, this program covers the knowledge and skills of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Content Standards for Special Educators-Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBSI).

Program Benefits

  • Earn an professional educator license (PEL), as well as Learning Behavior Specialist I endorsement.
  • Graduate from a respected program accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
  • Gain experience working with diverse student populations through field-based courses.
  • Graduate with eligibility for an ESL endorsement.

Program Outcomes

  • Support students with a variety of academic, social, and behavioral needs.
  • Provide effective, universally-designed instruction for all students.
  • Prevent failure for students who are at risk using evidence-based strategies.
  • Use research-based assessment and intervention supports to promote student success.



Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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