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Master of Education in Urban Secondary Teaching 

Cleveland State University's Master of Education in Urban Secondary Teaching program prepares individuals with bachelor's degrees to teach in urban secondary schools. This intensive, fourteen-month, full-time program engages a cohort of students in school-based classes and classroom experiences, studying theory and developing essential practices within school settings. Through reflection, collaboration, fieldwork, and inquiry, students develop responsive teaching and classroom management strategies that enhance learning. Students construct a critical perspective of schooling by examining and addressing the effects of race, class, and gender on pedagogy and learning.

Students in this program pursue Ohio licensure in one of the following content areas:

  • Integrated Language Arts (7-12)
  • Integrated Mathematics (7-12)
  • Integrated Science (7-12)
  • Integrated Social Studies (7-12)
  • Physical Sciences:  Physics (7-12)
  • Spanish (PreK-12)

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Education Student Services Center
Phone: 216.687.4625

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 502 - Psychological Foundations of Education
  • EDB 505 - Teaching and Management in the Secondary School


  • ETE 570 - Technology in Learning Environments or
  • MTH 518 - Technology In Teaching (math licensure candidates only)


  • EDL 505 - Content Area Literacy
  • ESE 504 - Teaching Students of Varying Abilities

(Select one based on licensure)

  • EUT 513 - Inquiry-based Instruction in English Language Arts
  • EUT 515 - Project-Based Instruction in Mathematics
  • EUT 516 - Project-based Instruction in Social Studies
  • EUT 517 - Project-Based Instruction in Science
  • EUT 512 - Integrated Performance Assessment: Methods of Foreign Language Education preK-12

(Select one based on licensure)

  • EST 582 - Practicum in Secondary Education English
  • EST 583 - Practicum In Secondary Education Mathematics
  • EST 584 - Practicum in Secondary Education Social Studies
  • EST 585 - Practicum in Secondary Education Science
  • EST 574 - Practicum in Foreign Language

(Select one based on licensure)

  • EST 589 - Student Teaching in Secondary Education English
  • EST 590 - Student Teaching in Secondary Education Mathematics
  • EST 591 - Student Teaching in Secondary Education Social Studies
  • EST 592 - Student Teaching in Secondary Education Science
  • EST 594 - Student Teaching in Foreign Language
  • EDB 595 - Seminar on Integrating Theory & Practice
Did You Know?

CSU MUST interns graduate with an over 91% job placement rate!


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Career Outcomes

  • Graduates are prepared to teach students in urban secondary schools. 
  • The Master of Urban Secondary Teaching program is partnering with urban schools to place interns in resident teaching positions. Selected applicants will have the opportunity to earn a $25,000-$28,000 stipend during their year as a resident teacher. 
  • These are some of the local institutions hiring CSU grads: Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Akron Municipal School District, Cleveland Heights School District, and Urban Community School.