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Graduate Catalog 2016 - 2017 
Graduate Catalog 2016 - 2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, M.Ed.

College of Education and Human Services

Julka Hall 170
(216) 687-4625

Programs of Study


Health and Human Performance




Programs leading to the Master of Education degree are designed for individuals seeking to work as professional educators of children, youth, and adults. Many graduates seek employment in elementary and secondary schools. Some specializations are oriented toward business and community settings and prepare graduates to work in higher and adult education, social service agencies, corporate training centers, corporate fitness centers, community health centers, wellness/fitness centers, sports clubs, and outdoor/park recreational facilities. Several programs offer opportunities for educator licensure or endorsements through the Ohio Department of Education.  Others offer certificates for completing specialization sequences.  All courses in the programs are offered in the late afternoon and evening in order to accommodate students who wish to maintain full-time employment. During the summer term, courses are offered on a full-day schedule to permit full-time study.

Faculty Research and Publications

College of Education and Human Services faculty members pursue a wide variety of research in six major areas:

  1. Equity issues, including race and ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic disadvantage.
  2. Educational/developmental consequences for special needs populations frequently associated with urban environments, including high-risk and premature infants; preschool populations; juvenile delinquents; mentally challenged, learning disabled, and behavior-disordered children; and gifted and talented students from low socio-economic, racially, and ethnically diverse backgrounds.
  3. Urban educational programs, including teaching English to speakers of other languages, literacy, and mathematics competencies, classroom management and discipline, social skills training, management of urban schools, counseling special urban populations, early childhood interventions (Head Start and day care), Reading Recovery, teacher induction programs, health, wellness, and physical education.
  4. Problems of adults in contemporary urban society, including stress, sport law, sports management, exercise science, health, and leisure-time uses.
  5. Foundations of urban education, including life-span development and learning, comparative educational policy, curriculum/methods, teacher education, history of education, and guidance and counseling in schools and the community.
  6. Legal issues in education and major educational policy issues.

Current faculty information can be located on the Cleveland State University Faculty Profile page.


The Master of Education degree program is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Ohio Department of Education. The Community Agency Counseling and School Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Financial Assistance

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available in each department, in the Dean’s Office, and through funded projects. Graduate assistants have teaching, research, and/or administrative responsibilities for which they receive financial support. For applications and information, contact the departments directly.

Career Information

The Master of Education degree qualifies graduates to move from entry-level positions in education to career positions with increased leadership responsibility. The degree enables classroom teachers to advance their careers, and provides initial certification/licensure for those who seek school administration, supervision, and counseling positions. Certain specializations provide initial entry or career mobility for educators in business or community settings. Prospects for career advancement in school settings are favorable at this time because of population shifts and staff retirements. Opportunities in business and community settings have increased as society has become more committed to life-long education for adults.

Admission Information

The following requirements must be met by each candidate applying to the master’s program:

  1. Fulfillment of College of Graduate Studies requirements for admission , as described in this Catalog.
  2. Application to the College of Graduate Studies for admission to the Master of Education program in one of the specialization areas. An area of specialization must be noted on the admission application form.
  3. Submission of one official transcript from each college and/or university where existing degrees were completed. Transcripts must be official transcripts in a sealed envelope.
  4. Two letters of recommendation (for counseling programs only).
  5. For all programs that do not lead to a teaching license through the Ohio Department of Education, candidates must have a score at the 50th percentile on the Miller Analogies Test or on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of Graduate Record Examination. However, a student applying for any program except Counseling is exempt from this requirement if:
    1. The baccalaureate degree is less than six years old at the time of application AND the undergraduate cumulative grade-point average is at least 2.75; OR
    2. The baccalaureate degree is more than six years old at the time of application AND the undergraduate cumulative grade-point average is at least 3.0; OR
    3. The student has completed twelve or more semester credits of Cleveland State graduate course work (including EDB 601  or HPR 601 ) AND received a grade of B- or better in EDB 601  or HPR 601  with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 and grades of B or better in the other courses.
  6. To be admitted to a teaching licensure program in the College of Education and Human Services as a graduate student, all candidates must satisfy the following requirements:
    1. Test requirement.  Candidates must receive acceptable scores within the past six years on one of the following content knowledge tests, demonstrating performance in approximately the top 50% of the national distribution:
      1. ACT: math 20, reading 20, English 20
      2. SAT:  math 510, reading 500, writing 490
      3. Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE):  math 150, reading 156, writing 162
      4. GRE:  quantitative 152, verbal 151, writing 3.5
      5. Miller Analogies Test: 50th percentile rank for total group
    2. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better.  Candidates admitted as a non-degree graduate student must earn a GPA of 3.0 or above after completing 12 graduate credit hours, including EDB 601 , and satisfying all other licensure program admissions to be admitted into a licensure program.
    3. Proficiency in math and English at the college level.  Grade of B- or better in a college level math and college level English class.   (Candidates for the Chinese language teaching licensure are required to satisfy the program’s TOEFL admission requirements in lieu of this requirement.)
    4. Background check.  All prospective licensure candidates must pay for an initial BCI/FBI check at the time of their initial visit to the Education Student Services Center (except for MUST and international students, who are required to have a BCI/FBI check prior to starting their first field experience).  Throughout their licensure program, candidates are required to pay for and complete additional BCI/FBI fingerprinting checks to ensure that a valid report is always on file with the Office of Field Services as required for field placement. Prospective candidates with criminal records indicating convicted offenses considered by the Ohio Department of Education to be “absolute bars” to licensure will be denied acceptance to the college and any registration permissions for subsequent semesters will be revoked.  Prospective candidates with criminal records indicating convicted offenses eligible for rehabilitation will be referred to the Ohio Department of Education Office of Professional Conduct to determine whether they will be able to obtain a teaching license.
    5. Post-baccalaureate and graduate candidates who complete all academic content courses prior to CSU professional course work (e.g. adolescent/young adult or middle grades licensure areas) must take and pass the relevant Ohio Assessments for Educators content knowledge assessment prior to admission.  Candidates who need to take content courses at Cleveland State are allowed to take content knowledge assessments prior to student teaching.

Upon formal admission to the College, students must prepare a Program of Study with the assistance of an assigned advisor.

Note: Before completing an admission application, individuals who wish to obtain Ohio Department of Education licensure in order to work in public schools should obtain counseling from the Education Student Services Center, Julka Hall 170, telephone (216) 687-4625.

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Graduate Licensure Admission

An individual with a baccalaureate degree from a college or university with full academic accreditation who is seeking a State of Ohio teaching or school services license may apply for Graduate Licensure admission status. This status is for individuals who are not seeking a master’s degree; however, candidates for Graduate Licensure must satisfy the same admission requirements as degree-seeking candidates.

Graduate Status

Refer to the section on Admission Classifications  in this catalog.

Transfer of Credits

In addition to the regulations of the College of Graduate Studies (including the six-year limit on course work), credits transferred from another university for application toward the M.Ed. degree are subject to the following conditions:

  1. Approval of the program and departmental committee.
  2. No more than nine hours of graduate credit may be transferred, including a maximum of six credits earned for workshops from other universities. The credits must not have been used to fulfill the requirements for any other degree.
  3. Students must have twelve semester hours of graduate (500- to 800-level) course work completed at Cleveland State and a grade-point average of or better to have transfer credit recorded on their transcript.
  4. Not more than one-half of a student’s total graduate program may be a combination of transfer credit and credit by examination.
  5. All credits requested in transfer must carry a letter grade of A, A-, B+, or B in graduate courses. No S/F or S/U graded courses may be transferred. Petitions are not considered for an exception to this requirement.

Master of Education

Program of Study

A Program of Study document, showing all course work and other aspects of the master’s program, must be filed. The Program of Study should be developed in consultation with faculty advisor at the beginning of the student’s program and forwarded to the Education Student Services Center, Julka Hall 170. No elective courses should be taken without the faculty advisor’s approval. Any subsequent changes in the student’s program should be approved, in advance, by the faculty advisor and recorded on the approved Program of Study form on file in the Education Student Services Center, Julka Hall 170.

Practicum and Student Teaching Eligibility Requirements for Teacher Licensure

Eligibility for practicum or student teaching placement requires that student interns have satisfactorily met all of the conditions noted below. If these conditions are not completely fulfilled, field placement will be denied and the student will be administratively withdrawn from relevant course work. For questions, please contact the Office of Field Services (Julka Hall 187; 216-687-4616) or the Education Student Services Center (Julka Hall 170; 216-687-4625).

  1. At the time of placement application, all student interns must have an approved Program of Study on file with the Education Student Services Center (Julka Hall 170) and have signed the Verification of Good Moral Character Statement on that form. In addition, Early Childhood majors must supply Field Services (JH 187) with three acceptable letters of recommendation attesting to their good moral character and suitability for any pre-K teaching assignment.
  2. Interns must have achieved and maintained an overall grade-point average of at least 3.0 for all 400 and-above-level work required for licensure. No more than six credits of 400-level-or-above course work with a grade of C may be used to meet licensure requirements. Course work may be repeated with the approval of the COEHS Advising Office; however, it should be noted that repeating a graduate course does not eliminate any earlier recorded grade for that course on your transcript or its continued inclusion in the calculation of Hours Earned, Quality Points, and GPA.
  3. All interns must submit a negative TB (tuberculosis) test report (Mantoux version) to the Office of Field Services. If seeking licensure in Early Childhood or as an Intervention Specialist in Special Education (Early Childhood, Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Intensive), documentation must also be submitted verifying full immunization against Hepatitis B (three shots). In addition, candidates for Early Childhood licensure must supply proof of having satisfactorily passed a physical examination.
  4. Interns who do not already hold an Ohio teaching license or certificate must complete a civilian background fingerprint check and submit a valid copy of a Clearance Report from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to Field Services. Electronic fingerprinting and BCI checks can now be obtained by appointment in the ESSC (Julka Hall 170) with prior fee payment at the Office of Treasury Services (MC 115).
  5. Separate completion and submission of an online application ( for practicum or student teaching placement is needed. Applications for summer and fall placements must be received by February 15; those for spring placements must be received by September 15. Summer placements are made at the discretion of program faculty and may be limited and/or restricted. Please note that in addition to submitting an application, students must ultimately register for practicum and student teaching.
  6. Placement requires satisfactory completion of all specified prerequisite course work. (Please see your program checklist for a complete list of these courses.) Where mandated by specific programs, ongoing development of a professional portfolio may also be required to confirm satisfactory progress in achieving program outcomes before practicum and student teaching placement.
  7. Eligibility for student teaching further requires that students have taken all required state licensure examinations prior to the start of student teaching. Score reports must be submitted to the Office of Field Services.

Exit Requirements

Each participant in the master’s program must select one of the following exit requirements when planning the program of study:

  1. Comprehensive Examination (no credit).
  2. Project (1 to 6 credits).
  3. Thesis (1 to 6 credits).
  4. Capstone course.
  5. Other exit option approved by individual programs (contact program faculty for details).
Comprehensive Examination Option

The written comprehensive examination is prepared, administered, and evaluated by the student’s department. The examination is usually taken in the final semester of enrollment. Students must be registered for at least one credit hour during the semester in which they take the examination, have a program of study on file in the Education Student Services Center, and must have filed an application for graduation (see the Application for Graduation  section in this Catalog). When the student’s completed examination has been evaluated, the department chair certifies the results to the Associate Dean. Should the student’s comprehensive examination be judged unsatisfactory, the student is permitted to take a second examination within one year of the first test date. A third examination is not permitted.

Thesis/Project Option

Students must be registered for thesis/project credit each semester (excluding summer unless they are graduating during that semester) until the thesis or project is completed.

Thesis/Project Definitions

  1. Thesis: The thesis must be a written, in-depth, scholarly investigation of a specific area related to the major emphasis of the student’s program of study.
  2. Project: The project is usually a manuscript that documents the application of educational theory to practice and demonstrates the student’s capacity for evaluation and synthesis. In some instances, other media (e.g., film, videotape, computer program) may constitute the major product, but these must be accompanied by written documentation, explaining the application, value, and limitations of the product. In all cases, a project must include references to related works and must be presented in a form consistent with educational research publications.

Students considering the project or thesis options should contact the Education Student Services Center in the College of Education and Human Services (Julka Hall 170, telephone 216-687-4625) to request Thesis or Project Option guidelines. Students also should request a copy of the Thesis and Dissertation Format Guidelines from the College of Graduate Studies web site

Capstone course

Students must successfully complete the capstone course with a grade of B or better. This option is only available in a limited number of programs that offer a capstone course. If unsuccessful, students may complete one of the other three exit requirements (thesis, project, or comprehensive exams).

Graduation Requirements

Before a Master of Education degree can be conferred, the student must:

  1. Complete at least 30 to 32 credit hours of course work at the 500 level or above.
  2. Achieve a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  3. File the required graduation application.
  4. Satisfactorily complete all exit requirements.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Education degree program consists of these academic components:

  1. College and/or Curriculum Cores: ten to thirteen credits.
  2. Area of Concentration/Specialization: sixteen to forty-eight credits.
  3. Electives: up to twelve credits.