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Graduate Programs

Program Philosophy

The Master of Education program expands the educational foundation of Notre Dame College in emphasizing the preparation of master teachers. It provides a solid grounding in the philosophical foundations of classroom teaching through an in-depth exploration of pedagogical skills and their implications and through the opportunity to design and complete a final research project. Findings from the field of cognitive psychology provide a central focus of the program.

Notre Dame’s Graduate Teacher Education Program addresses crucial issues in the professional development of teachers for today’s classrooms. The program seeks to assist the individual in becoming a master teacher by emphasizing:

  • Professional development of the teacher
  • The worth of the individual student
  • Thorough instruction in content and pedagogy
  • The importance of addressing the moral, ethical, and social issues which influence education and the work of the teacher

In addressing these needs, the administration, faculty and staff are committed to:

  • Creating and maintaining an environment supportive of intellectual investigation, spiritual maturity, professional competence, social responsibility, aesthetic awareness and healthful living
  • Modeling professional practitioner behavior in day-to-day efforts
  • Providing quality classroom instruction
  • Engaging students in inquiry on major issues and challenges facing the profession
  • Supportive research efforts which have implications for effecting change in classroom practices
  • Conducting all interpersonal interactions in a spirit of caring and compassion

Graduate Faculty

Notre Dame College faculty members in the division of education are drawn from the ranks of experienced professionals. Full-time faculty members combine outstanding academic credentials with classroom experience, a dedication to teaching and the pursuit of academic research. Their ranks are supplemented by adjunct faculty, professionals who enrich the classes with insights drawn from current practice and professional expertise.

Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in an education-related field from an accredited college or university
  • Submission of official transcripts of most recent college work
  • Submission of copies of valid teaching credentials
  • Completion of application form for formal admission into the program
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale

Admissions forms are available from the Office of Admissions, located in the Administration Building. Please access the graduate admissions section of the site for further admissions information, call  216.373.5355, or e-mail