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Tara Hanna
Director of Graduate Admissions

With a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree, you can choose to enhance your students’ skills and learning communities in the classroom; or coordinate curriculum and manage your school or institution. Career possibilities for the M.Ed. graduate are numerous and include positions as an educational consultant, principal, educational policy developer and even corporate trainer or developer.

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M.Ed. Programs

  • Teaching and Curriculum
  • P-12 Reading
  • Educational Leadership



Teaching and Curriculum

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Teaching and Curriculum is designed for classroom teachers (grades K-12) providing specialized and coordinated learning opportunities for teachers who are faced daily with the realities of today’s world as reflected in their classrooms, their schools, and their communities.

  • The program provides quality, relevant, coordinated, and enriching professional development experiences to advance, enhance, and update the knowledge and skills of teachers.
  • Teachers who complete the program will be able to advance, enhance, and update the knowledge and skills of their students and the learning communities in which they work and serve.


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P-12 Reading

In the Lourdes M.Ed. P-12 Reading program, teachers are provided with quality, relevant, coordinated and enriching professional development experience to advance, enhance, and update their knowledge and skills.

Educators who complete the program will:

  • Understand the latest theories regarding learning, curriculum and instruction and be able to apply theoretical constructs, curriculum and teaching strategies
  • Explore the social, cultural and legal issues that impact education
  • Integrate and apply the specific knowledge base, dispositions and performance indicators that respect and celebrate the value of all students’ experiential backgrounds
  • Use a variety of instructional strategies that incorporate technology and be able to assess the potential of these resources in addressing personal competencies, lifelong goals and educational needs
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a personally selected area of emphasis by developing, presenting and defending a professional development portfolio
  • Become more versatile in the educational job market

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Educational Leadership

The Lourdes M.Ed. Educational Leadership program is designed for educators seeking leadership preparation and licensure as a principal in Ohio. M.Ed. candidates must pass the OAE Educational Leadership Test and receive mentorship and professional development support into their first year beyond graduation. The Principal Academy prepares educators to become transformational leaders at both public and faith-based schools.

Educators who complete the program will demonstrate an understanding of:

  • The knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to be an effective school leader
  • School culture and how leadership can foster a collaborative learning community
  • Assessment theory and ability to analyze data to support decision-making, program development and student learning
  • Educational law and legal and ethical issues related to schools
  • The knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to meet the instructional and developmental needs of all learners
  • Social, political and legal issues facing schools and strategies to address these issues

Admission Requirements

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 2.75 cumulative G.P.A.
  • Submit a completed Graduate Application for Admission.
  • Request an official copy of all college transcripts.
  • Provide a current resumé, a statement of purpose, and three (3) letters of recommendation.
  • Complete a satisfactory interview with the M.Ed. program director.

Students seeking admission to the M.Ed. with a Major in Reading

  • Applicants holding AYA, multi-age, or career technical licenses must have completed 9 semester hours of undergraduate level reading coursework before being admitted.
  • All other applicants must have completed 12 semester hours of undergraduate level reading coursework before being admitted.

Students seeking admission to the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

  • Complete an on-site campus visit consisting of individual and group interviews, and a writing sample.
  • Candidates for this program must also be sponsored by a school district administrator.


  • Lourdes University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly known as the Ohio Board of Regents).
  • The Lourdes University Teacher Education Initial Licensure Program in the College of Education and Human Services is accredited under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Quality Principles through the CAEP Accreditation System, for a period of 7 years, 2015 to 2022. Formed in 2013, CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation and administers TEAC accreditation.