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M.Ed Initial Licensure: School Based

The School-Based Master of Education program is designed for individuals with a baccalaureate or higher degree, who seek licensure in one of the following areas: early childhood (pre-K through grade 5), middle childhood (grades 4 through 9), or adolescent/young adult (grades 7 through 12). The program is a collaborative endeavor between the Department of Education & School Psychology and its partner schools.

The master’s degree course of study is a 40-46 credit hour program at the graduate level, including the six-semester hour teaching internship. Coursework is divided between the department and the participating schools and requires attendance during one summer and the following full academic year. The coursework is taken on a full-time basis and includes a full-day internship at one of the school sites.

To learn more about the School-Based M.Ed. program, including course of study, and to apply for admission, please visit John Carroll’s Office of Graduate Studies website.

What to Expect

At JCU, you'll develop the tools and skills to obtain your license and step into your future as a master’s-level teacher.

40-46 credit hour program (depending on licensure area), including course of study at the graduate level and a six-semester-hour teaching internship

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.

Advising is an essential component of the graduate education program. Students will be assigned a faculty advisor in the Department of Education.

  • We offer an affordable tuition rate reflecting JCU's commitment to educators. This rate is competitive with other NE Ohio institutions. 
  • Federal student loans are also available, for more information visit Student Enrollment and Financial Services (216.397.4248).

Details on the application process and admission requirements are available here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Tuition Rate

$656 per credit hour for Education programs making John Carroll an affordable option. This tuition rate reflects our commitment to teachers.


Get answers to frequently asked questions about the program. 

All students begin the School-Based M.Ed. program in mid-May during the Summer I session. The program is designed for a cohort of students who proceed through the program together.

Yes, coursework is scheduled for full-time students only. The combination of academic studies with the year-long immersion into school culture affords many opportunities to blend theory with practical application.

The professional teacher initial licensure program can be accomplished through either part-time or full-time study, with most coursework offered in the evening.

Once a transcript has been evaluated, any deficiencies in coursework will be communicated directly to the applicant. If he or she plans to continue the application process, a plan for completing required courses should be discussed with the program coordinator. Enrolling in such coursework before acceptance into the program does not guarantee final acceptance.

After interviewing at the University, and assuming internship positions are still available at all school sites, the applicant may select the schools with which to arrange interviews. If offered internship positions at more than one site, the applicant may choose the location for the internship. The $475 deposit serves to hold the spot.

Due to the collaborative nature of the program, courses are taken both at the University and at the individual school site. Summer courses are taken at JCU. During the fall semester, some courses are taken at the school site (largely during the school day), while additional courses are taken in the late afternoon or evening at JCU. All spring courses are taught at the school site.

Applicants are encouraged to submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Studies as soon as possible. Completed files are sent to the Department of Education & School Psychology where your interview will be scheduled. Interviews at school sites begin during the winter and only continue until internship positions are filled.

Yes. Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies for information.