May 29, 2024  
Graduate Catalog 2023 - 2024 
Graduate Catalog 2023 - 2024

Urban Secondary Teaching (licensure, adolescent/young adult 7-12 OR multi-age in Spanish or Mandarin), M.Ed.

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Curriculum and Instruction Urban Secondary Teaching

Specialization leading to a Master of Education  degree.

(Initial Licensure)

35-36 credit hours leading to the Master of Education degree.

Program Description

This program prepares individuals with bachelor’s degrees to teach in urban secondary schools. This intensive, fourteen-month, full-time program engages a cohort of students in school-based classes and classroom experiences, studying theory and developing essential practices within school settings. Through reflection, collaboration, fieldwork, and inquiry, students develop responsive teaching and classroom management strategies that enhance learning. Students construct a critical perspective of schooling by examining and addressing the effects of race, class, and gender on pedagogy and learning.

Students in this program pursue Ohio licensure in one of the following content areas:

  • Integrated Language Arts (7-12)
  • Integrated Mathematics (7-12)
  • Integrated Science (7-12)
  • Integrated Social Studies (7-12)
  • Physical Sciences:  Physics (7-12)
  • Spanish (PreK-12)
  • Mandarin (PreK-12)

Admission Information

Applicants to the program must:

  1. Attend one of the information sessions offered during the fall semester
  2. Complete a special MUST Graduate Program Admission Application form provided at the information sessions
  3. Meet all College of Graduate Studies admission requirements  noted in this Catalog
  4. Hold a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, science, English, social studies, Foreign Language or a related field with above-average grades
  5. Be committed to a fourteen-month intensive program to include a nine-month, school-based internship
  6. Have an interest in working in an urban school environment
  7. Agree to develop a professional teaching portfolio
  8. Agree to participate in all cohort activities
  9. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better. Candidates admitted as a non-degree graduate student must earn a GPA or 3.0 or above after completing 12 graduate credit hours, including EDB 601  with a grade of B- or better, and satisfying all other licensure program admissions to be admitted into a licensure program. A score at the 50% percentile on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) on each section will also fulfill the GPA requirement.
  10. 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 asessment prior to admission. Candidates who need to take content courses at Cleveland State are allowed to take content knowledge assessments prior to student teaching.
  11. Pay for an initial BCI/FBI check prior to starting their first field experience. 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.
  12. Mandarin Chinese students must also satisfy the following admission requirements:
    1. Demonstrate proficiency in English with a TOEFL test score with at least a 78 (at least 17 in each section) for the internet-based exam and 550 for the paper-based exam
    2. Be fluent in Mandarin Chinese
    3. Have an interest in teaching Chinese language, culture and literature in an American PreK-12 school setting
    4. Participate in a live interview prior to program admission

Eligible applicants to the program are invited for an interview.

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All teaching licensure students are expected to maintain a portfolio while completing their professional coursework and field experiences. Students are required to purchase a subscription to Taskstream, which they will use to submit all required protfolio components. At various checkpoints students must meet specific criteria to be eligible to continue to the next phase of their program. For complete information on portfolios, students are advised to speak with an advisor and access the Student Portfolio Handbook available at the following:

Program of Study

(35-36 credits)

Student Teaching

(Select one based on licensure)

Culminating Experience/Exit Requirement

Internship Eligibility Requirements for Teacher Licensure

Eligibility for internship 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 coursework. 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. Coursework 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 coursework. (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 internship placement.
  7. Eligibility for the final internship 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. 

Specialization in Education

Leading to the Education, M.Ed.  degree.

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