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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 with a Concentration in P-12 Reading

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 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.

Paired with the 15 credit hour P-12 Reading Endorsement, teachers who complete the 18 credit hour core and research courses will be Master’s prepared educators ready to take their careers to the next level.


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P-12 Reading Endorsement

The P-12 Reading Endorsement at Lourdes University will enhance the knowledge and instructional skills in reading and writing of licensed teachers. The endorsement courses will prepare educators to teach reading to all students at any grade level. The 15-credit hour endorsement courses are offered at the graduate level and, if desired, students may transition seamlessly into a full Master’s degree.

  • The endorsement courses may also be used to renew a current teaching license.
  • Designed for licensed teachers who wish to add the Reading Endorsement to their current teaching license, the program is geared towards working adults with busy lives.

Start the endorsement this summer (week of June 18, 2018) and finish the necessary courses in three semesters. The endorsement may be added to a current teaching license after successfully completing the required coursework and passing the two required Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) sub-tests (test numbers 038 and 039).

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Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement: Grades 4-5

Offered this summer (May 15, 2018-July 21, 2018) the 9 credit hour (3 class) 4-5 Generalist Endorsement, can be completed by July 21, 2018.

  • This endorsement will enable Early Childhood (Pre-K through Grade 3) licensed teachers to meet the requirements necessary to additionally teach Grades 4 and 5.
  • The endorsement may only be added to an Early Childhood License.
  • Offered in a hybrid model (combination face-to-face and online) the courses are designed for working adults.
  • Teachers successfully completing the coursework will be eligible to sit for the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Elementary Education Exam (018/019) with a score of 220 or better on each section.
  • Students must also complete a field experience which may include but is not limited to: summer camps, after school programs, summer school, tutoring, substitute teaching in grades 4 and 5.


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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
  • 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.