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Master of Education in Foreign Language Education: Chinese

Cleveland State University's Master of Education in Foreign Language Education: Chinese is designed to provide an opportunity for fluent speakers of Chinese to learn pedagogical skills appropriate for PreK-12 classroom instruction and earn Ohio state teaching licensure.

Students who enroll in this program must be fluent in Chinese and may have prior teaching experience, often in settings outside the U.S. During their time in the program they will become familiar with school culture and practice in a contemporary American setting, teach in a real school setting under the supervision of experienced educators, and ultimately be qualified to serve as a bridge between the Chinese and American cultures. The license must be earned with an associated M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction.

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Department of Curriculum & Foundations
Phone: 216.687.4577




Admission Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
  • Fluency in Mandarin Chinese
  • 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 17 in each section)
  • 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 502 - Psychological Foundations of Education
  • EDB 505 - Teaching and Management in the Secondary School
  • EDL 505 - Content Area Literacy
  • ESE 504 - Teaching Students of Varying Abilities
  • EUT 512 - Integrated Performance Assessment: Methods of Foreign Language Education preK-12
  • ETE 570 - Technology in Learning Environments
  • EST 598 - Chinese Language Teaching Licensure
  • EDB 595 - Seminar on Integrating Theory & Practice

NOTES: The license must be earned with an associated M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. Depending on educational background, some students may also need to complete supplementary coursework in Chinese culture, Chinese literature, and/or linguistics. 


In order to finish the program, thereby receiving a Master's degree and teaching license, the student will need to:

  • Pass three examinations:
    • Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) exam with a score no less than 220
    • ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) in Chinese at or above the Intermediate High level
    • ACTFL WPT (Writing Proficiency Test) in Chinese at or above the Intermediate High level
Did You Know?

The US-China Strong Foundation aims to increase the number of American students studying the language to 1 million by 2020, a fivefold increase from 2016.

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Career Outcomes

  • The program is intended to make it possible for individuals to seek employment in PreK-12 settings teaching Mandarin Chinese language and culture to U.S. students.
  • Interest in studying Mandarin Chinese has built rapidly in the past few years and many more public schools and training programs have started Mandarin Chinese language programs.
  • These are some of the local institutions that are hiring CSU grads: Mentor High School, Chinese Academy of Cleveland, Monticello Middle School, Roxboro Middle School, Global Ambassadors Language Academy, and Cleveland Heights High School.