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Master of Education in Middle Childhood Education

Cleveland State University's Master of Education in Middle Childhood Education specialization provides advanced study in the field of middle childhood education with particular emphasis given to the design and delivery of effective mathematics or science instruction in grades four through nine. This Middle Childhood Education program does not provide for teacher licensure or any type of endorsement. Individuals seeking a middle childhood license or to add science and/or mathematics to a middle school licensure should contact the Education Student Service Center, at (216) 687-4625, early in their program for further information.

Built around a common College Core, specialized course work in mathematics or science is integrated with required offerings in educational research, social foundations, human development, and instructional development as outlined below. The curriculum focuses on the development of practices associated with high-quality mathematics or science education for children ages eight through fourteen, with diverse cultural backgrounds and abilities. Candidates will be actively engaged in implementing inquiry teaching principles and engaging in self-reflection on learning and teaching during the field-based and research courses. The culminating exit requirement is an action research project that requires candidates to weave aspects of the content-based courses they participated in throughout the program into their own teaching.

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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
  • EDB 604 - Social Issues & Education
  • EDB 620 - Psychology of the Adolescent Learner

Select one of the following courses based on specialization: 

  • EDC 515 - Instructional Development In Mathematics Education
  • EDC 517 - Instructional Development In Science Education

Mathematics Education

  • MTH 526 - Numbers, Patterns and Operations for Middle School Teachers
  • MTH 527 - Algebra and Functions for Middle School Teachers
  • MTH 528 - Measurement and Geometry for Middle School Teachers
  • MTH 529 - Data Analysis and Probability for Middle School Teachers
  • MTH 530 - Conversational Calculus for Middle School Teachers

Science Education

  • BIO 580 - Biology Content for Middle School Teachers
  • CHM 580 - Introductory Chemistry for Middle School Teachers
  • EST 595 - Seminar on Integrating Theory & Practice
Did You Know?

As of the 2017-2018 school year, Ohio school districts faced teacher shortages in both science and mathematics. 

 U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Shortage Areas Nationwide Listings


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Career Outcomes

  • This program is designed for experienced/licensed teachers to gain further qualifications and skills for teaching mathematics or science in grades 4-9. 
  • Participation in the program enhances skills in classroom teaching, educational research, instructional and curricular development, and human development. 
  • These are some of the local institutions that are hiring CSU grads: Cleveland Heights School District, Constellation Schools, Cleveland School District, Westpark Community Schools, and Mentor Public Schools.