Master of Education

Welcome to Graduate Admissions!

Our faculty and staff are here to serve you as you consider pursing advanced study in our graduate program. Our Master of Education programs are designed for working professionals who are in need of a high quality, academically rigorous graduate program that has flexible scheduling options. All programs are available in both an accelerated, online format or in the early evening hours on campus in a face-to-face format. Students are free to take either format as it meets their needs.

Why Notre Dame College for your Master’s Degree?

  • Founded as a teacher’s college in 1922, Notre Dame College continues its tradition of excellence in the field of education
  • Fully accredited by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)
  • Enjoy the flexibility and convenience of taking classes either online or on campus
  • Our small class sizes give you the personal attention you deserve in a graduate program
  • Our exceptional faculty brings years of best practice and real world experience as teachers, principals and administrators from a variety of educational settings across the country
  • Pursue graduate study in one of our highly marketable focus areas such as mild/moderate intervention, reading or technology

How Do I Apply to the Master of Education Program?

  • Complete a graduate application online
  • Submit official transcripts of all college level coursework to the Office of Adult and Graduate Admissions
  • Submit a current, original, professional writing sample that is 1-2 pages in length (examples include a professional report, research paper, lesson plan, etc.) that demonstrates your writing ability via mail, fax, or e-mail
  • Complete an interview (phone interviews are acceptable) with the Office of Adult and Graduate Admissions
  • If applicable, submit a copy of previously earned teaching credentials (optional, not required for admission) via mail or fax

What are the Graduate Admissions Requirements?

Notre Dame College admits graduate students who have potential for outstanding scholarship and are committed to being professional educators. All applicants should complete the steps listed above to be considered for admission. Students may apply to begin the graduate program in the fall, spring, or summer semester.

In addition, minimum requirements include:

  • A bachelor’s degree in any area from a regionally accredited institution
  • To be considered for full admission, a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA (3.0 GPA or above is preferred) is required from all undergraduate level coursework

All application materials should be sent to the mailing address below. In addition, if you have questions about the application process or our graduate programs, please contact:

Office of Adult and Graduate Admissions
216.373.5173
877.NDC.OHIO x5173
gradadmissions@ndc.edu
Mailing Address: 4545 College Road, Cleveland, OH 44121
Fax: 216.803.9925

 

Master of Education Degree Programs

All graduate programs are available online or on campus in a face-to-face format and are fully accredited by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education).

Concentration areas:

  • Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist Program (MMIS)
  • Reading Endorsement
  • Educational Leadership
 
(M1) Master of Education with an Initial License, Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist K-12 (MMIS)

For the candidate who has a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university AND has a teaching license, this program offers a Master of Education degree with an initial licensure in the area of Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist K-12 (MMIS).

Content Courses (33 hours):

ED 501 Integrating Technology across the Curriculum: Research and Assessment

ED 510 Foundations in Mild/Moderate Disabilities

ED 530 Phonics

ED 525 Literacy Theories and Research Application

ED 553 Assessment in Special Education

ED 554 Instructional Strategies for Mild/Moderate Disabilities

ED 556 Principles of Literacy Instruction

ED 557 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems

ED 630 Collaborative Teaming and Problem Solving

ED 652 Student/Class Management

ED 660 Practicum in Special Education

Common Core Courses (12 hours):

ED 503 Social and Cultural Issues in Education

ED 504 Psychological Implications for the Professional Educator

ED 506 Introduction to Educational Research

ED 605 Curriculum Development for the Practitioner

Research Courses (6 hours):

ED 670 Action Research OR

ED 671 I-Search

 
(M2) Master of Education with an Initial License, Mild/Moderate Intervention

Specialist K-12 (MMIS)

For the candidate who has a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university but does not have a teaching license, this program offers an initial licensure in the area of Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist K-12 (MMIS), followed by the completion of the Master of Education degree.

Content Courses (39 hours):

ED 501 Integrating Technology across the Curriculum: Research and Assessment

ED 504 Psychological Implications for the Professional Educator

ED 510 Foundations in Mild/Moderate Disabilities

ED 530 Phonics

ED 525 Literacy Theories and Research Application

ED 553 Assessment in Special Education

ED 554 Instructional Strategies for Mild/Moderate Disabilities

ED 556 Principles of Literacy Instruction

ED 557 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems

ED 630 Collaborative Teaming and Problem Solving

ED 652 Student/Class Management

ED 614 Student Teaching/MMIS

Common Core Courses (9 hours):

ED 503 Social and Cultural Issues in Education

ED 506 Introduction to Educational Research

ED 605 Curriculum Development for the Practitioner

Research Courses (6 hours):

ED 670 Action Research, OR

ED 671 I-Search

 

Reading Endorsement

For the candidate who has a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university and has a teaching license, this program offers

  • (R1) Reading Endorsement,
  • (R2) Master of Education degree with a Reading Endorsement,
  • (R3) MMIS (M1) or (M2) with the Reading Endorsement or Minor
  • (R4) Dyslexia Certificate

The State of Ohio requires a minimum of 15 graduate credits for a Reading Endorsement. Prerequisites include:

  • A completed baccalaureate degree
  • A current teaching license and
  • Prerequisite coursework. This may be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Applicants holding the Adolescent/Young Adult (AYA), multiage or career technical license must have completed a pre-requisite nine credit hours of undergraduate level reading coursework. 

All other applicants must have completed the pre-requisite 12 semester credit hours of graduate or undergraduate level reading coursework.  Pre-requisite coursework is stipulated in Ohio Revised Code 3319.24 and must include at least one separate three credit hour course in the teaching of phonics and  must include coursework on:

  • knowledge and beliefs about reading
  • knowledge base
  • individual differences 
  • reading difficulties
  • creation of a literate environment
  • word identification
  • vocabulary and spelling
  • comprehension
  • study strategies
  • writing
  • assessment
  • communicating information about reading
  • curriculum development
  • professional development
  • research 
  • supervision of paraprofessionals

 

(R1) Reading Endorsement Only (15 hours)

Transfer literacy course at the graduate or undergraduate level (3 hours)

ED 521 Multisensory Approaches to Language Development

ED 556 Principles of Literacy Instruction

ED 557 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems

ED 655 Reading Practicum

Only one transfer course can be accepted for the Reading Endorsement if a candidate is also seeking a Dyslexia Certificate. There can be no substitutions for ED 530, ED 556, ED 557 or ED 655.

Candidates can apply to the Ohio Department of Education for a Reading Endorsement when they have successfully completed the above courses and passed the Ohio Assessments for Educators subtests Reading I and Reading II

Candidates may also receive a Dyslexia Certificate when the coursework for the Reading Endorsement is completed and one additional course in advanced phonics (ED 621). See Dyslexia Certificate.

Courses for candidates who do not have 12 hours of undergraduate literacy courses.

The following courses must be taken before beginning the sequence of content courses for the Reading Endorsement.  Candidates may chose from the courses below to complete 12 literacy hours.

ED 530 Phonics (Must be taken first)

ED 525 Literacy Theories and Research Application

ED 535 Theoretical Model Approach and Research Applications

ED 621 Advanced Phonics and Literacy Application (Prerequisite: Ed 530).

 

(R2) Master of Education with a Reading Endorsement

For the candidate who has a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university and has a teaching license, this program offers a Master of Education degree with an Endorsement in Reading.

Reading Content (18 hours)

ED 521 Multisensory Approaches to Language Development (Must be taken first)

ED 525 Literacy Theories and Research Application

ED 535 Theoretical Models Approach to Literacy

ED 556 Principles of Literacy Instruction (prerequisite: Ed 521)

ED 557 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems (prerequisite: Ed 521)

ED 655 Reading Practicum (Prerequisites: Ed 521, Ed 556, Ed 557)

Common Core (15 hours)

ED 501 Integrating Technology across the Curriculum

ED 503 Social and Cultural Issues in Education

ED 504 Psychological Implications for the Professional Educator

ED 506 Introduction to Educational Research

ED 605 Curriculum Development for the Practitioner

Research Component (6 hours: chose one)

ED 670 Action Research OR

ED 671 I-Search

 

(R3) Master of Education with MMIS with a Reading Minor or Reading Endorsement

Candidates complete the Core Courses, Content Courses, and Research Option as described in (M1) Master of Education with an Initial License, Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist K-12 (MMIS) or (M2) Master of Education with an Initial License, Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist K-12 (MMIS).

In addition, candidates take the required courses for the Reading Endorsement.

Reading Minor (15 credits) with a Reading Endorsement

ED 521 Multisensory Approaches to Language Development

ED 535 Theoretical Model Approach to Literacy

ED 621 Advanced Phonics and Literacy Applications

ED 622 Field Experience for Ed 621 (optional)

ED 655 Reading Practicum

Candidates can apply for a Reading Endorsement through the Ohio Department of Education when the above courses are successfully completed and when they have passed the Ohio Assessments for Educators Reading Subtests I and II.

Candidates may also receive a Dyslexia Certificate when the Reading Endorsement and dyslexia courses are completed.

 

(R4) Dyslexia Certificate

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Standards provide a framework for course content in university and other teacher preparation programs, offering the most thorough, research-supported documentation of what every teacher ought to know and be able to demonstrate, whether they are teaching students with dyslexia, other struggling readers or the general student population.  Notre Dame College’s Reading Endorsement program is accredited by the International Dyslexia Association for having met the standards outlined in the IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.

Candidates seeking a Reading Endorsement only or with another Masters of Education program have the option of obtaining a Dyslexia Certificate from the International Dyslexic Association and Notre Dame College.  Please note that this certificate does NOT indicate that you have acquired your Reading Endorsement through the State of Ohio by taking and passing the Ohio Assessments for Educators Reading Subtests I and II.  Further, it is NOT an official certificate from the International Dyslexia Association itself.  It is meant to show your qualifications to teach students with dyslexia through the accredited Notre Dame College Advanced Program in Reading.

Once candidates have provided evidence of having successfully completed the 12-hours prerequisite reading core at the undergraduate or graduate level (one course a phonics course), the Reading Endorsement or other sequence of reading courses, and the Ohio Assessments for Educators Reading Subtests I and II, candidates may opt to take an International Dyslexia Test (IDA).  In order for you to be certified directly by IDA, you must take the Certified Examination for Effective Reading Instruction at a designated testing center and pay the $150.00 seat fee ($25.00 is added if you charge the fee to a credit card).  All of the information you need for this test is found in the handbook at this website: http://documents.goamp.com/Publications/candidateHandbooks/CERI-Handbook... The tests are given in H&R Block offices.  In Ohio, we have centers in Brookpark, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo.  There are also a number of centers in surrounding states that you can locate at this web address:  http://online.goamp.com/CandidateHome/displayTCList.aspx?pExamID=21608. 

Should you decide to become IDA Certified by taking and passing the exam, you will then be obligated to retake the test every seven years, pay annual fees (which vary according to the level of certification), and participate in further professional development every year.  Information concerning these requirements may be found at:  https://dyslexiaida.org/tier-3-qualifications/. 

For more information, visit the IDA website a https://dyslexiaida.org/.

 

Master of Education with Concentrations in Educational Leadership

Qualifications for the Principal’s License in Ohio:

  • Completion of a principal’s licensure program
  • Passing score on the Praxis II: School Leadership exam
  • A Master’s degree
  • Minimum of two years of teaching under licensure area

Course Requirements:

Required for a Principal’s License

ED 640 School Management and Educational Leadership

ED 641 Personnel Administration and Supervision

ED 642 School Finance and Business Functions

ED 643 School Law

ED 644 Educational Politics, Policies and Community Relations

ED 645 Principal’s Role in Assessment and Accountability

ED 646 Internship for School Principals I

ED 647 Internship for School Principals II

Education Core

ED 501 Integrating Technology across the Curriculum: Research and Assessment

ED 506 Introduction to Education Research

ED 605 Curriculum Development for the Practitioner

 

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