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M.Ed. Advanced Studies

Master of Education (M.Ed) in Advanced Studies

Our Master of Education (M.Ed.) program in Advanced Studies is aimed at experienced teachers and other educational professionals. The curriculum is designed to encourage students' unique interests and to further develop their competencies and leadership roles.

You’ll choose from six areas of specialization:

  • Child and Adolescent Health and Wellness
  • Literacy
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Middle/Secondary Education
  • Educational Psychology
  • Specialized Sequence

Upon completion of the program, you’ll have a Master of Education degree, one of the requirements for advancement to the senior professional teacher's license in the State of Ohio.

The 30-semester-hour program can be individualized according to your professional needs and interests. Some Advanced Studies programs include special licenses or certificates. All programs integrate field practice into course assignments. The purpose of Advanced Studies is to support a more individualized program of study that can be completed at the candidate’s own pace, anywhere from 2-5 years. The format of the courses is varied with most face-to-face meetings and some being online or hybrid.

  • Official Transcript(s)
  • A written statement of purpose indicating personal interests, goals, and expectations from the degree program
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from English professors
  • Copy of teaching license

Several forms of financial assistance are available to students in the master’s degree program.

  • 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).
  • Each specialization requires a minimum of 30 semester hours for degree completion.
  • This includes a combination of core education courses, a specialized sequence of courses, and electives.
  • A Master of Arts (M.A.) course of study which includes a thesis is also available.

M.Ed. in Advanced Studies Program Highlights

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

The Child and Adolescent Health and Wellness specialization provides 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.

The Literacy specialization provides 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.

The Substance Use Disorders specialization provides preparation for facilitating interventions, evaluating support systems, and planning appropriate follow-up services and continuing care for those experiencing substance use disorders.

The Middle/Secondary Education specialization provides the classroom teacher with a more in-depth knowledge of their teaching field (english, social studies, biology, mathematics, communications, or theology and religious studies).

The Educational Psychology specialization focuses on learning theories, human development, research methods, assessment, and measurement, which could be utilized in a variety of settings and fields. In addition to teachers, the program is also ideal for those from social science backgrounds who want to pursue a master’s degree to further their career, or for those interested in doctoral programs in Educational Psychology or related fields.

The Specialized Sequence is an opportunity to self-design a program of study in consultation with an advisor that meets current professional needs. The courses may be taken in a teaching field, e.g., english, or in education or counseling, wherein a number of specializations are possible.

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  • The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • The Higher Learning Commission
  • Ohio Department of Higher Education
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Students will take three foundational courses plus additional courses and electives, depending on the specialization:

  • ED 500 – Foundations of Education or ED 554 Multicultural Education
  • ED 502 - Research Methods
  • ED 534 - Learning-Teaching
  • 12-15 credit hours in one sequence
  • 6-9 credit hours of electives (except where stated in a specific sequences)

Some sequences provide opportunity for elective coursework. Candidates may choose any appropriate 400- or 500-level Education, Counseling or other academic course as an elective with approval from the advisor or the department chair. If a 400-level course is used in a degree program, a grade of B or higher is required.