The Department of Education and School Psychology provides two different pathways for post-baccalaureate students interested in pursuing early childhood (PreK through grade 3), middle childhood (grades 4 through 9; two teaching fields) and adolescent/young adult (grades 7 through 12; one teaching field). These programs include: the School-Based M.Ed. program and the Initial Licensure Professional Teacher M.Ed. program.

Learning Goals for Graduate Education Programs


  1. Understands the contexts of professional practices.
  2. Demonstrates accuracy, organization, and persistence in achieving intellectual and professional goals.
  3. Contributes to the school, district, and the broader professional community.
  4. Engages in systematic inquiry.

Learner Development:

  1. Assumes responsibility in data-based decision-making and helps to ensure that decisions are based on the highest professional standards.
  2. Demonstrates knowledge of clients/students.


  1. Demonstrates knowledge of content and pedagogy.
  2. Demonstrates knowledge of resources.
  3. Designs coherent, evidence-based interventions.
  4. Establishes favorable conditions for instruction and intervention.
  5. Uses knowledge of communication techniques to foster collaboration and supportive interactions.


  1. Takes initiative in assuming leadership roles.
  2. Initiates activities that contribute to the profession.
  3. Seeks out opportunities for professional development and growth.
  4. Actively participates in professional events and projects.
  5. Challenges negative attitudes and practices; is proactive in serving clients/students/colleagues.
  6. Assists and supports fellow professionals.


School-Based M.Ed.
A full-time, intensive 11-month program designed for individuals who hold a liberal arts degree (B.A. or B.S.) or equivalent and wish to obtain a teaching license while completing an M.Ed. degree. The master’s degree course of study is a 40-46 credit hour program (depending on licensure area) at the graduate level which includes a six-semester-hour teaching internship. The program requires one summer and one full academic year that encompasses coursework and full-time placement within a school. Visit the School-Based M.Ed. program page for more information.

Initial Licensure Professional Teacher M.Ed.
A full or part-time program designed for individuals who hold a liberal arts degree (B.A. or B.S.) or equivalent and wish to obtain  a teaching  license while completing an M.Ed. degree. The master’s degree course of study is a 45-66 credit hour program (depending on licensure area; with additional content area coursework if necessary for middle child and adolescent/young adult licenses) at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including a six-semester-hour teaching internship.

Ohio Teacher Licenses Offered

Early Childhood (Pre-K through grade 3)

Middle Childhood (grades 4-9)
Licensure given in two of the following teaching fields: Language Arts; Mathematics; Social Studies; or Science.

Adolescent-Young Adult (grades 7-12)
Licenses Offered: Integrated Language Arts; Integrated Social Studies;  Mathematics; Life Science; Life Science/Chemistry; Physical Science: Physics, Chemistry, or Chemistry/Physics.

Each of the licensure programs has a general education requirement of 30 hours which is usually met through the baccalaureate degree and must include coursework in humanities, social science, mathematics, and science. These requirements are determined during individual transcript evaluations. A candidate must take appropriate courses to complete this requirement before being recommended for licensure.

Content Area Requirements

For those pursuing the middle childhood and adolescent/young adult licenses, coursework is required in the specific teaching field. These requirements are determinded during individual transcript evaluation. Additional coursework in the content area(s) may be required.

State Licensure Exams: Successful completion of the appropriate State Licensure Exam is required for licensure. Candidates for the middle child and adolescent/young adult licenses must pass the exam in the teaching content area(s) prior to entering the student teaching/internship semester. The Principles of Teaching and Learning for the appropriate grade band must be successfully completed before applying for state licensure.

Application Requirements

For full acceptance to the M.Ed. programs, an applicant must have:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended (sent directly to Graduate Studies).
  • A completed application.
  • A written statement indicating personal and professional goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation with recommendation cover sheet from persons who would be familiar with and able to assess the applicant’s ability to succeed in graduate studies and work with children and adolescents.
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • A personal interview with the program coordinator.

Financial Assistance

  • Tuition scholarships are available to all candidates who have been admitted to the John Carroll University initial licensure M.Ed. programs. The scholarship will reduce tuition for graduate courses by 33%.
  • A limited number of graduate assistantships are available. Graduate assistants are given a tuition waiver for up to 18 credit hours per year plus a stipend. Students are expected to spend 10-20 hours per week working for the department. Graduate assistants aid professors with courses and research.
  • The University’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid offers assistance on student loans.


  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE):  Initial and Advanced programs.
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Ohio Department of Higher Education.