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Master of Education in Elementary & Secondary Education

Cleveland State University's Elementary and Secondary Education (Advanced and Applied Teaching) specialization is intended to provide in-service teachers with a curriculum sequence strongly connected to the context of their classroom practice. The focus on advancing teaching skills relies on up-to-date principles of effective teaching, learning, and assessment in urban, diverse educational settings. The specialization combines hands-on applications of student-centered pedagogy with tenets of reflective teaching. Built around a common College Core, specialized coursework in conflict resolution, data-driven classroom instruction, and classroom management is integrated with required classes in educational research, social issues impacting education in the 21st century, educational psychology, as well as academic content-specific methods.

The culminating exit requirement is an action research project that requires candidates to apply the advanced teaching skills addressed throughout the program to their own professional practice. This Elementary and Secondary Education (Advanced and Applied Teaching) program does not lead to any teacher licensure or endorsement.

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Phone: 216.687.4577

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
  • EDB 604 - Social Issues & Education
  • EDB 628 - Psychology of Learning & Instruction
  • Choose one of the following courses, depending on the content area of the graduate student enrolled in the programs:
  • 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 516 - Instructional Development In Social Studies Education
  • EDC 517 - Instructional Development In Science Education
  • EDB 523 - Conflict Resolution in Teacher Education
  • EDB 574 - Data-Driven Classroom Instruction
  • EDB 675 - Productive School & Classroom Discipline
  • EDL 505 - Content Area Literacy

At least one course from the following set (3-8 credits, depending on the number of classes chosen and their respective credit load):

  • EGT 512 - Nature and Develpment Needs of Learners with Gifts and Talents
  • EGT 517 - Creativity, Inquiry & Productive Thinking
  • EGT 519 - Using Computers with Students with Gifts and Talents
  • EDL 506 - Second Language Learning & Pedagogy
  • ESE 504 - Teaching Students of Varying Abilities
  • ETE 690 - Designing Online Instruction
  • ALD 631 - Group Dynamics for Educational Leadership
  • COM 548 - Managing Organizational Teams
  • MGT 501 - Management & Organizational Behavior
  • PSY 522 - Organizational Psychology
  • UST 540 - Environment and Human Affairs
  • UST 635 - Public Sector Information Management
  • ETE 570 - Technology in Learning Environments
  • EDB 595 - Seminar on Integrating Theory & Practice
Did You Know?

The median annual wage for middle school teachers was $58,600 in May 2018.

Bureau of Labor Statistics


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Career Outcomes

  • This program helps teachers improve their teaching qualifications and stay up-to-date on the newest classroom instruction and management techniques. 
  • 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.