Cohort Graduate Programs
What is a cohort at Loyola? A cohort is a group of students who work together through an academic program to achieve the same academic degree together.
The School of Education offers hybrid and fully online master's degree and certificate cohort program options through site-based locations near you or school partnerships. The following programs offer cohort options:
We offer hybrid and fully online site-based cohorts in the following county locations. Teachers may enroll in their county location of choice at a discounted rate.
**Loyola University Maryland requires adequate numbers to begin a cohort. If the numbers needed do not materialize, applicants will have the option to switch to the next nearest cohort county that has reached a sufficient number of students.
Upcoming Virtual Information Sessions
Loyola offers prospective students virtual opportunities to learn more about our cohort graduate programs, benefits, and admission process. Register today for a virtual information session or request a one-on-one session with a recruiter for a time that's convenient for you. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with recruiters, if an online application is completed during the session, your $60 application fee will be waived! Register for a session today!
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Cohort Program Highlights
- Lockstep format
- Entire program conducted in or near your school
- Most programs will be completed within two years or less
Hybrid programs and fully online cohort options available
- Online programs have dedicated 8-week synchronous sessions one night a week (summer class schedules may vary)
Professionally and Personally Rewarding
Earn your master’s degree, hone in on your leadership skills, and increase your salary potential
Expand your network of colleagues
Deepen your understanding of the role education plays in society and your ability to improve the quality of life for all children and the community at large
Accredited Quality Programs
Approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)
Renowned as the program of choice in the greater Baltimore region
High-impact learning and mission-driven curriculum
Affordable Tuition and Scholarships Available
15% tuition discount for cohorts
Financial aid and monthly payment plans available
- Direct Billing or Tuition Reimbursement options (depending on county)
- Scholarship opportunities available
How to apply?
Cohorts begin each fall (September) and spring (January) semester. We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2022 term. Please review deadlines and admission requirements below.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early for priority consideration for scholarships and space in the cohort. These cohorts are available to the first 25 students to apply and be accepted. Applicants will be considered with rolling admission after the priority deadline as space is available. Limited scholarship opportunities are available to those who apply by the scholarship deadline. Scholarships are given based on merit as evident in the application. Admission does not guarantee a scholarship.
| Spring 2021
|| Nov. 30
|| Jan. 11
| Fall 2021
|| June 1
Steps to Apply:
- Submit an online application for cohort programs.
- You will receive an email with your login information and next steps to complete.
- Log in and upload supplemental materials, which includes an essay (the essay should be at least 200 words or more describing your academic and professional achievements and how Loyola’s program will help you fulfill your goals) and any other optional documents (i.e. resume, letter of recommendation).
Submit official transcripts of colleges/universities attended to to the physical address listed below or e-scripts can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office of Graduate Admission
Timonium Graduate Center
2034 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, MD 21093
Financial Aid and Payment Options
Learn more about various financial aid opportunities and payment options.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be a certified teacher to participate in a cohort program?
Certain cohort programs do require for you to be a certified teacher, however some of the programs do not require certifications.
||Does Not Require Certification
|Certificate in Administration and Supervision (Post-Master's)
||Curriculum and Instruction for Social Justice
||Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners (TELL)
||Educational Leadership (Admin I)
Do I have to participate in the cohort county in which I teach?
No. You have the option to participate in the cohort county of your choice if the program is offered in that county.
Are all programs completely online?
No. The Educational Technology, M.Ed. in Literacy programs, and TELL certificate are offered fully online, all other programs are offered in a hybrid format.
If I am not a school employee, do I still qualify for the cohort discount?
Yes. Anyone participating in a cohort qualifies for the 15% cohort discount.
Cohort vs. Non-cohort?
A cohort is a group of students who work together in an academic program. Research states that having students take the same classes together lead to an overall better academic outcome.
A non-cohort has the flexibility to work at their own pace taking one or more classes. Non-cohort students do not qualify for the 15% tuition discount. However, we do have other scholarships and awards for you to explore as an traditional student.
Can international students participate in the cohort program?
No. Currently international students are unable to participate in cohort programs.
What is the cohort structure?
Our cohort structure is a lockstep format; cohorts are held once a week with only Spring and Fall starts.
Can I receive the Admin I and the Admin II certification through the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program?
Upon completion of the Educational Leadership or the Administration and Supervision Certificate, students will receive a transcript endorsement from the University that allows for students to apply for the Admin I certification through MSDE. If students are interested in Admin II, please contact MSDE.
Can I complete the internship/practicum within my own school setting?
Yes, both the internships and practicum can be completed within your own school setting. For further information, please contact the recruitment team.
Does Loyola accept transfer of credit?
Yes. Admitted students only are eligible to have their transcripts evaluated for transfer of credit. For degree programs you can transfer in up to 9 credits = 3 classes, and for the certificate programs up to 3 credits = 1 class.
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