The Master of Education program in Advanced Studies is designed for experienced teachers and other educational professionals.  In the state of Ohio, a master’s degree is required for teacher’s advancement to the Senior Professional License.

The program is designed to encourage individual interest and to develop further the competencies of a professional educator.  Students are able to choose from five areas of specialization.

  • Reading – providing the classroom teacher an in-depth preparation in literacy, reading assessment and diagnosis of reading problems. This track may lead to recommendation for the State of Ohio Reading Endorsement;
  • Child and Adolescent Health and Wellness – providing the classroom teacher with an overview of healthy development, and an exploration of some of the developmental issues and environmental obstacles which can interfere with optimum growth and development.
  • Secondary Education – providing the classroom teacher with a more in-depth knowledge of their teaching field (English, Social Studies, Biology, Mathematics, Communications, Theology and Religious Studies)
  • Specialized Sequence – providing the classroom teacher the opportunity to self-design a program of study in consultation with an advisor that meets current professional needs.
  • Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intervention – providing an in-depth understanding of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and ways to address the educational needs of children with this diagnosis.

The Master of Education program consists of a minimum of 30 semester hours for degree completion including a combination of core education courses, a specialized sequence of courses, and electives. A Master of Arts course of study which includes a thesis is also available.

Accreditation

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

Learning Goals for Graduate Education Programs

Contexts:

  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.

Practice:

  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.

Person:

  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.

Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a major in education (equivalent to the training necessary for a teacher certificate) or the equivalent in training or experience. Candidates ordinarily are or have been certified teachers.
  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.
  • A completed application.
  • A written statement indicating personal interests, goals, and expectations from the degree program.
  • Two letters of recommendation with recommendation cover sheet from persons who are able to assess the applicant’s ability to succeed with graduate studies.
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT)  or  Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score.

Course Requirements
General Course Requirements

  • ED 500 Foundations of Education or ED 453 Multicultural Education (3 credits).
  • ED 502 Research Methods (3 credits).
  • ED 534 Learning‑Teaching (3 credits).
  • 12 – 15 credit hours in one sequence.
  • 6 -9 credit hours of electives (except where stated in specific sequences)

Specialization Sequences

  • Reading Teacher: ED 565 (Literacy Perspectives), 570 (Writing Theory and Process), 571 (Integrated Language Arts), 573 (Literacy
    Internship), and 578 (Literacy Assessment and Intervention Models).
  • Child and Adolescent Health and Wellness: CG 501 (Orientation to School Counseling), 570 (Psychopathology), ED 532
    (Developmental Psychology) or CG 505 (Child and Adolescent Study); CG and/or ED electives
  • Secondary Education: secondary and middle-level teachers may take graduate-level work in the teaching field. The following departments cooperate in this program: Biology, Communications, English, History, Mathematics, and Theology and Religious Studies. Teaching field electives are chosen on an individual basis by the student, the advisor, and a cooperating advisor from the academic department involved.
  • Specialized Sequence: an individually designed track planned in consultation with the chair and/or an academic advisor.

Electives

Some sequences provide opportunity for elective course work. Candidates may choose any 500-level education course as an elective with approval from the department. Candidates seeking assistance with the National Board Certification should take ED 546. Some 400-level courses may be used as electives.

Financial Assistance

  • Tuition scholarships are available to all licensed teachers. 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.