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.

Elementary Education (BSEd)


The BSEd program in Elementary Education was designed for students who seek to become licensed elementary school teachers. This major focuses on laying the foundation for children’s lifelong learning and development. Elementary majors are prepared to teach essential knowledge and skills (including literacy, numeracy, critical thinking, and social interaction), but also to foster children’s curiosity, creativity, and thirst for knowledge. These students learn to create nurturing and inclusive classroom environments where children feel valued and supported. In the Elementary major, students will learn to tailor their instruction to meet the diverse needs of each student, employing innovative teaching methods to engage and inspire curiosity.

All of Loyola’s Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) majors complete the Teaching, Learning, and Leading with Schools and Communities (TLLSC) curriculum. This unique, research-based approach emphasizes authentic practices in field-based learning experiences in K-12 school and community settings. These modules were designed with four Cornerstones in mind—partnering with schools and communities, classroom diversity, ongoing classroom experience, and participating in professional learning communities.

Upon program completion, Elementary Education majors earn a BSEd in Elementary Education. They are eligible for the Illinois State Board of Education Professional Educator License (PEL) in Elementary Education (grades 1 through 6), as well as the English as Second Language (ESL) endorsement and the International Baccalaureate certificate.  All credentials are built into the Elementary Education major.