2024-2025 CATALOG

The Academic Catalog is the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies and degree requirements for Loyola University Chicago. It is published every year in advance of the next academic year.

Language, Culture, and Curriculum (MEd)

This program seeks to develop expert educators capable of serving in a variety of settings, including English as a Second Language (ESL), English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Bilingual Education, and general education classrooms with students labeled as English learners (ELs).

Classrooms and communities are more diverse than ever before, with a multitude of languages and cultures enriching the possibilities for learning and instruction. This increasing linguistic diversity has prompted much-needed attention to the large and growing sub-group of students labeled as English learners or emergent bilinguals. Spanning urban, suburban, and rural areas across the United States and beyond, educational stakeholders recognize the need for all teachers to integrate and support students’ languages and cultural backgrounds into curriculum and instruction.

With this context in mind, we designed the Language, Culture, and Curriculum program at Loyola University Chicago to equip all teachers with the pertinent understandings and pedagogical practices to push forward emergent bilinguals’ learning and language development across settings, including literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, world languages, and fine arts classrooms with children, adolescents, and adults. Since students develop and use language while engaged in learning, all educators can enhance their practice by adding lenses on language and culture to their curriculum.


Reflecting our deep commitment to social justice, this program promotes equity for emergent bilinguals. We embrace as asset- based approach, recognizing that all students have resources that must be integrated into rigorous and engaging instruction to create inclusive and welcoming learning communities. We challenge institutional constructs that marginalize students and focus on developing teacher expertise and advocacy to leverage change in their unique contexts. To accomplish this, the backward designed curriculum first focuses on classroom practice before considering application in schools and communities. Graduates leave with the ability to support emergent bilinguals in their classrooms, while promoting broader change for equity and justice.

Loyola faculty designed this program with the classroom teacher in mind. The 10-course Master’s degree program can be completed in 1.5 years while teaching, drawing from your current expertise and directly applying learning to your daily practice. Reflecting the responsive approach that we emphasize in our curriculum, we recognize the knowledge and experience that you bring to the program and make course learning applicable to your setting. The curriculum focuses on solving problems of practice, with each course centering on an authentic project that directly connects to and informs your teaching. There course projects consist of meaningful applications of your learning that immediately enhance and support your classroom practice with students.

To meet the widespread demand for well-prepared teachers of emergent bilinguals, we have an online cohort option that allows completion of the degree program from anywhere in the world on flexible time schedules. Mirroring the content of our in-person cohort offering in the Chicagoland area, we meticulously designed the asynchronous online curriculum to be purposeful and authentic, allowing the top-notch professors and experts in the field of EL/Bilingual Education to respond to your goals and needs as teachers in diverse contexts across the globe. The project-based focus allows for targeted online learning and support, rather than busywork and endless discussion boards.


In addition to completing your Master’s degree from Loyola University Chicago, the coursework also meets the requirements for the English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement and the Bilingual Endorsement in the state of Illinois. If you work in one of the 43 states that has reciprocity agreements with the state of Illinois, both the ESLand Bilingual endorsements can transfer to your teaching license if first attached to the Illinois license. We look forward to supporting your learning and professional development in the Language, Culture, and Curriculum program.

Program Benefits

  • Enhance your expertise and practice to work in settings including ESL, EFL, TESOL, bilingual, and general education.
  • Earn your Master's degree, which includes required coursework for the ESL endorsement and the bilingual endorsement.
  • Develop in-depth expertise to support the learning and language development of all students with targeted focus on emergent bilingual learners.
  • Complete coursework online from anywhere in the world or take courses in-person on our Chicago campus.
  • Immediately apply your leaning to your classroom practice via the project-based approach that prioritizes both you and your students' growth.
  • Engage in collaborative learning with other educators via structured cohorts that move through the strategically sequenced 10-course program together.
  • Complete the degree program in less than 1.5 years by taking two courses per semester – ideal for the busy classroom teacher looking for flexibility and applicability.

Program Faculty

Our dedicated Teaching and Learning Faculty are experts in their fields who will support students throughout each stage of the program.

Program Advisor

Amy Heineke

Faculty Expertise

  • Curriculum foundations-practice-policies
  • Field-based teacher education and teacher advocacy
  • Collaborative school-community partnerships
  • Language, literacy, and culture
  • Culturally responsive practice and curriculum reform
  • Spirituality & transformative curriculum leadership
  • Disciplinary expertise: Math, Science, ELA, Social Studies, Elementary Ed, Special Ed, and Early Childhood

International Students

International Students: Educators from countries around the world are encouraged to apply to Loyola's Language, Culture and Curriculum Master's Program to develop their asset-based linguistically and culturally responsive practice and explore new ideas. Courses focus on theories, concepts, and skill development applicable to schools with bilingual and multilingual student populations in any context.

For more information on taking part in this program as an international student, please visit: International Students.