Graduate Program (MEd)
Elementary Education (MED)
You're already doing quality work in your classroom. An MEd in Elementary Education can help you do even better by providing a strengthened foundation in professional knowledge, experience combining the latest theories and practice, and opportunities for curriculum development and application. At Xavier, we offer small classes with a personalized experience to help teachers take the next step and provide the network to help you connect with the Cincinnati education community.
Applications are accepted throughout the year from students with a bachelor's degree and a solid academic background. You may begin the program in the summer, fall or spring term.
To apply, submit the following application materials to the Office of Graduate Admission.
- The online graduate application
- One official transcript sent directly from the college/university of all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework to
Admission Processing Center
3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-5131
Electronic transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Official test scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The MAT is offered here at Xavier. For information about registering for the MAT, please call 513-745-3531. If you have previously taken the GRE and want to have your scores sent to Xavier, please contact GRE at 1-888-GRE-SCORE.
Applications are processed immediately upon receiving all of the necessary materials, and you will be notified of your status as soon as possible. The admission committee considers all of the information contained in the admission application, including prior grades, test scores and evidence of potential for success in graduate study.
Test Waiver Option
Applicants to Graduate Programs in the School of Education Must Have:
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited university AND
- Admission test score may be waived under one of the following conditions:
- 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA in undergraduate matriculation; or
- 3.2 or higher cumulative GPA graduate (15 credit hours or more completed at the graduate level); or
- Licensed teacher; or
- Graduate degree
*International students may have additional application requirements. See International Graduate Admissions for more information.
**This applies to all Graduate Degree Programs in the School of Education, excluding Human Resource Development and Leadership Studies.
For questions regarding the application process, e-mail the Office of Graduate Admission at email@example.com.
The Master's in Elementary Education is the appropriate graduate degree for students seeking licensure in early or middle childhood education, or for the licensed teacher seeking to enhance his or her teaching with coursework in a variety of subject areas. The Master's in Elementary Education does not in itself convey licensure, but is usually accomplished in combination with the licensure program since the majority of courses are taken at the graduate level. Therefore, it is important that the student applying for the M.Ed. in Elementary Education speak with a program director, or with the graduate office for further information.
MEd Core Education Courses (9 semester hours):
|Course Name||Credit Hours|
|Total Core Hours:||9|
|EDFD 500: History and Philosophy of American Education||3|
|EDFD 505: Organization of Educational Systems in the United States||3|
|EDFD 507: Educational Research||2|
|EDFD 508: Educational Research Paper||1|
Classroom Culture: - This is a required course for graduates seeking initial licensure in elementary education. The course examines the historical basis of American education, curriculum, and instruction. There is an emphasis on suitability for teaching. Field experience is a component of the course.
Early Childhood Care/Practices: - This course holistically examines aspects of working as an early childhood professional with families and children birth through age 8. Issues on the education and care of these young children with and without disabilities from various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds will be studied. Issues include, but are not limited to, full day childcare, early intervention, early childhood special education, early childhood education, and best practices in facilitating young children's learning and development. The course content examines current theories, theorists, programs, and practices in early childhood care/education and child development.
Play and Arts in Early Childhood: - Theory and practice concerning developmental aspects of play and creativity and their relationship to music, movement, creative drama and the visual arts. Art production techniques. Active emphasis on age appropriate art activities as well as student's own artistic development. Teacher's role in preparation of environment for children from diverse backgrounds and special needs.
Tuition & Fees
|Tuition, per credit hour||Cost|
|MEd and Non-degree Licensure/Endorsement Students||$570|
|Catholic School Rate||$345|
|Student Fee, per semester|
|Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking full-time||$8|
|Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking part-time||$4|
The amounts listed are for the 2019-20 school year, and include classes from Summer 2019 though Spring 2020. These amounts are updated to the most recent amounts available. For the full listing, please visit xavier.edu/costs.
99% of Xavier's teaching licensure students pass their state exams.
of Xavier's teaching licensure students pass their state exams.
30 credit hours are required for the master's degree consisting of 9 hours in core courses plus 21 hours of electives.
Choose elective courses from elementary, Montessori, multicultural children's literature, reading and English language learners.
Early Childhood or Middle Childhood Education Licensure involves additional coursework and can be pursued separately or at the same time as the MEd.
Elementary Education Program Design
- The MEd in Elementary Education is appropriate for teachers of elementary and middle childhood classrooms from preschool through grade 9.
- The developmental approach of the program is grounded in current and long-standing research findings.
- Working relationships with professional practice schools provide continuing input from practicing elementary teachers and administrators.
9 hours of core courses include:
- History and Philosophy of Education (3)
- Organization of Educational Systems in the U.S. (3)
- Educational Research (2)
- Educational Research Paper(1)
Core education courses are offered at five Cincinnati area locations, making it even easier for students to take courses. The locations include:
- Covington Catholic High School in Northern Kentucky.
- Middletown Fenwick High School north of Xavier.
- Wilmington High School, northeast of Xavier.
- Oak Hills High School west of Xavier.
- Amelia Middle School east of Xavier.
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