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


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 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, adolescent/young adult, and multi-age licenses) at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including a six-semester-hour teaching internship.

Post-Baccalaureate program
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. The Post-Baccalaureate program may follow the undergraduate or graduate course of study in Education (46-61 credit hours depending on licensure; with additional content area coursework if needed for middle child, adolescent/young adult and multi-age licenses) which includes a six-semester-hour student teaching experience. Graduate level coursework may be applied to an M.Ed degree.

Woodrow Wilson
John Carroll University is partnering with the Woodrow Wilson Foundation to train talented science and mathematics teachers for placement in high needs Ohio high schools.  Please visit the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship website for additional information on the program and how to apply.

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.

Multi-Age (Pre-K-Grade 12)
License Offered: Physical Education.

General Education Requirements

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, adolescent/young adult, and multi-age license, coursework is required in the specific teaching field(s). These requirements are determinded during individual transcript evaluation. Additional coursework in the content area(s) may be required.

Praxis II Assessments: Successful completion of the appropriate Praxis Assessments is required for licensure. Candidates for the middle child, adolescent/young adult, and multi-age licenses must pass the Praxis Assessments 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.

*Not required for the Post-Baccalaureate program

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 Education.