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Advanced Studies - Child and Adolescent Health and Wellness

Promote Healthy Student Development and Advance Your Career

More than ever, students need support to maintain their optimal mental health and wellness and promote academic success. John Carroll University’s Master of Education in Child and Adolescent Health and Wellness program gives experienced educators the knowledge and skills to provide this support. This flexible, specialized program builds teachers’ professional knowledge and understanding of student development, while also positioning them for advancement to a higher certification level.

Provide Students with an Extra Layer of Support

Students learn best when their needs are met. Teachers in this program learn how to be an additional resource for students by employing a holistic focus that takes into account student health and well-being along with promoting achievement in the classroom. They also explore issues and environmental obstacles that can interfere with student growth.

Serve the Whole Child

This program prepares teachers to lead student support groups, offer emotional support strategies and interventions, and better recognize student concerns. Students in the program learn how to:

  • Recognize signs of substance abuse
  • Apply learning strategies to support student mental health and wellness
  • Build stronger communication skills
  • Develop advanced teaching skills to address the whole child.

Gain Exposure to the Field of Counseling

Through required coursework in counseling, this cross-discipline program helps teachers to incorporate counseling concepts and knowledge into their teaching roles to better address student mental health and wellness needs.

Elevate Your Career

The M.Ed. in Child and Adolescent Health and Wellness program requires just 30 hours of course work and those who complete the program qualify for advancement to a more senior  Professional License in Ohio.

Pursue Your Education Career Goals

The M.Ed. in Child and Adolescent Health and Wellness program consists of 30 hours of coursework that can be completed in as little as four semesters (including a summer term). It features coursework in education and counseling courses, a specialized sequence of courses, electives, and field work at students’ current teaching site. Students take a comprehensive exam as a capstone experience for the program.

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John Carroll University is a private, Jesuit Catholic University located in Cleveland with a long tradition of training exceptional educators. JCU proudly welcomes students of all backgrounds. 

JCU has been ranked #2 on U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best Regional Universities Midwest and been named a Best College Value by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Through the M.Ed. in Child and Adolescent Health and Wellness program, you will have opportunities to network and engage with other education professionals employed in school districts across the region.

A powerful tool for the prevention of substance use amongst children and adolescents is an informed educator.  Educators who are well-informed can send a strong message to their students about the harmful effects of drug and alcohol use and support them in achieving academic success that is not interrupted by the disease of addiction.

Dr. Martina Moore,

Coordinator, Substance Use Disorders Concentration


Our Alumni Work and Live Here

John Carroll graduates who pursue teaching and education careers work at every level — early childhood, middle childhood, adolescent and young adult — for a range of schools and school districts across Ohio and nationally.

Top field partnerships include:

  • Cleveland Heights-University Heights, Mayfield Heights, Garfield Heights, Wadsworth, and Beachwood School Districts.
  • Catholic schools such as the Welsh Academy at St. Ignatius, Holy Trinity (Avon).
  • Private schools such as Hawken Lower School.
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Education Alumni Across The Region

JCU education alumni serve students across Ohio: from larger city districts (Akron) to exempted village school districts (Yellow Springs). They work in every major market: Canton, Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton, Parma, Toledo and Youngstown.