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M.Ed. Initial Licensure

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Initial Licensure

For post-baccalaureate students who hold a B.A or B.S. degree (or equivalent) and wish to obtain a teaching license while completing an M.Ed. degree, JCU provides two different pathways:

Upon completion of the accredited teacher preparation programs, you’ll have a Master of Education degree and a teacher's license in one of the following areas:

  • Early childhood (pre-K through grade 5)
  • Middle childhood (grades 4 through 9)
  • Adolescent/young adult (grades 7 through 12)

Our flexible programs allow students to gain their master’s degree and license in a style that meets their needs. The full-time School Based program can be completed within 11 months; while the Professional Teacher program is available as part- or full-time.

  • Official transcript indicating an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
  • A written statement of purpose indicating personal interests, goals, and expectations from the degree program.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Interview may be required.
  • We offer an affordable tuition rate reflecting JCU's commitment to educators. This rate is competitive with other NE Ohio institutions. 
  • A limited number of graduate assistantships provide a tuition waiver for 15 credit hours per year, plus a stipend. Graduate assistants are expected to spend 20 hours per week working for the department.
  • Federal student loans are also available, for more information visit Student Enrollment and Financial Services (216.397.4248).
  • School-based: 40-46 credit hours
  • Professional Teacher: 46-66 credit hours

Number of credit hours depends on the licensure area. Each program includes the master’s degree course of study and a six-semester-hour teaching internship.

M.Ed. in Initial Licensure Program Highlights

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What specializations are available at JCU for a M.Ed. degree?

Initial Licensure: School Based

The School-Based Master of Education is a full-time program designed for individuals with a baccalaureate or higher degree who seek initial teaching licensure. A collaborative endeavor between the Department of Education & School Psychology and its partner schools, the program can be completed within 11 months, which includes one summer, one full academic year and immersion in a partner school for internship.

Initial Licensure: Professional Teacher

The Professional Teacher Initial Licensure program provides adult learners the opportunity to obtain Ohio teacher licensure as a part-time or full-time student. It can be completed within five years, featuring diverse in-field training throughout the program, with the final two academic semesters featuring immersion into clinical teaching experiences.

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  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Ohio Department of Higher Education
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For those pursuing the middle childhood and adolescent/young adult licenses, coursework is required in the specific teaching field. These requirements are determined during individual transcript evaluation.

Additional coursework in the content area(s) may be required.

  • Middle Childhood: Preparation for licensure in teaching fields (two required): language arts; mathematics; social studies; or science.
  • Adolescent-Young Adult: Preparation for licensure in: integrated language arts; integrated social studies; mathematics; life science; life science/chemistry; physical science: physics, chemistry, or chemistry/physics.

Successful completion of a written comprehensive examination is a requirement for the Master of Education degree.