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Master of Education in Elementary Education, Teacher Education

Cleveland State University's Master of Education in Elementary Education specialization is designed to provide continued professional development to experienced teachers. This specialization is intended for individuals who wish to extend their understanding of teaching-learning processes and the situational contexts in which they occur. It also offers opportunity for the in-depth study of current theory, research, and practice, particularly related to the design and delivery of effective instruction in the primary and upper elementary or middle school grades.

While built around a common College Core, degree requirements are sufficiently flexible to allow for individual needs and interests. For example, students may use elective credits to expand their knowledge of one or more academic disciplines in the elementary curriculum; investigate new teaching methods and technologies; explore the educational needs of a particular age range or group of learners; or expand their understanding of the cognitive, affective, social, cultural, and motivational dimensions of learning. Students also may develop further skills to assume greater leadership roles in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of instructional programs. The Elementary Education Program does not provide for teacher licensure or any type of endorsement.

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Department of Teacher Education
Phone: 216.687.4600

Admission Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
  • 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:
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
  • 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:
    • 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:
      • ACT: math 20, reading 20, English 20
      • SAT:  math 510, reading 500, writing 490
      • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE):  math 150, reading 156, writing 162
      • GRE:  quantitative 152, verbal 151, writing 3.5
      • Miller Analogies Test: 50th percentile rank for total group
    • 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.
    • 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.)
    • 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.
    • 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.

-International students are required to have met at least one of the following English language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based): 78 (including at least 20 in reading, 21 in listening, 17 in writing, and 20 in speaking)
  • TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based): 550
  • IELTS: 6.0 and at least 5.0 in each section
  • PTE (Pearson’s Test of English): 50
  • iTEP: 5.0

Admission Deadlines

All applications must be submitted and complete on the following application deadline dates:

  • Domestic Students
    • Rolling
  • International Students
    • Fall Semester - May 15th
    • Spring Semester - October 15th
    • Summer Semester - March 15th

Program Requirements



  • EDB 601 - Educational Research

  • ETE 501 - Technology Strand

  • Select one of the following courses:

    • EDB 604 - Social Issues & Education
    • EDB 606 - Philosophy of Education
    • EDB 608 - School & Society In The American Past
    • EDB 609 - Comparative & International Education
  • Select one of the following courses:

    • EDC 501 - Child Development
    • EDB 628 - Psychology of Learning & Instruction


  • EDB 612 - Curriculum Theory & Instruction
  • EDC 500 - Diversity in Educational Settings
  • Select one of the following courses based on your concentration area:

    • EUT 512 - Integrated Performance Assessment: Methods of Foreign Language Education preK-12
    • EDC 513 - Instructional Development In English/Language Arts Education
    • EDC 514 - Instructional Development In Art Education
    • EDC 515 - Instructional Development In Mathematics Education
    • EDC 517 - Instructional Development In Science Education
  • 12 credits minimum, selected with advisor

Select one of three options:

  • Comprehensive examination
  •  Project
  •  Thesis
Did You Know?

Overall employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026.

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Career Outcomes

  • This program aims to help teachers improve their qualifications and improve their overall teaching techniques and strategies. They may also develop further skills for greater leadership roles in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of instructional programs. 
  • These are some of the local institutions hiring CSU grads: Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Cleveland Heights School District, Mentor Public School District, Madison Community Schools, The Goddard School, and Westside Community School of the Arts.