Graduate Program (MEd)

MED in Multicultural Literature

They say globalization is making our world grow smaller. Teachers who study Multicultural Literature for Children know it's really making our lives much richer by exposing our children to a wealth of literature from a broad and increasingly diverse variety of different cultures.

Admission

Admission

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
    Xavier University
    Admission Processing Center
    3800 Victory Parkway
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-5131
    OR
    Electronic transcripts to xugrad@xavier.edu
  • 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 test may be waived under one of the following conditions:
  • GPA:
    • 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 xugrad@xavier.edu.

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Curriculum

Prerequisites

Most prerequisites are met by obtaining a valid teaching certificate or license. Graduate candidates must have (or be in the process of completing) a valid teaching certificate or license.

Course Name Credit Hours
EDEL 314
Teaching Reading in the Elementary School
 
3
OR
EDRE 569
Phonics and Foundations of Literacy
3

Core Requirements

The following 9 hours of core courses are required for the M.Ed.

Course Name Credit Hours
EDFD 500 History and Philosophy of American Education 3
EDFD 505
Organization of Education Systems in the United States
3
EDFD 507
Educational Research
2
EDFD 508
Educational Research Paper
1

Concentration Requirements

The following 21 hours of courses are required for the multicultural literature concentration:

Course Name Credit Hours
EDCH 501
Advanced Children's Literature *
 
3
EDCH 505
Storytelling as a Cultural Craft
3
EDCH 515
Adolescent Literature
3
EDCH 520
Multicultural Literature *
3
EDCH 528
Current Topics in Children's Literature 
3
EDEL 652
Culturally Responsive Teaching
3
Choice of a literature course offered by the English department 3

* required course for program ** EDCH 524 Children's Literature for Early Childhood and EDCH 526 Children's Literature for Middle Grades may be substituted in the program with written permission from the director of the program director.

Students completing their studies for the M.Ed. in multicultural literature for children must pass a comprehensive examination and must be able to write knowledgeably on the following areas: children's literature (in general), multicultural literature for children, storytelling as both a genre and a craft, the impact of multicultural literature on the elementary curriculum, adolescent literature as it impacts a global society, and analysis of appropriate literature for children.

All requirements are subject to change.

Ohio Reading Endorsement K-12

Professionals holding a valid Ohio teaching certificate or licensure of any type who wish to complete requirements for certification as a reading teacher K-12, which is an endorsement to the teaching certificate or licensure, must complete the following coursework or have completed it in previous undergraduate or graduate study:

Course Name Credit Hours
EDRE 269/569
Foundations of Literacy
 
3
EDRE 471/671
Content Area Literacy
3
EDRE 472/672
Theories of Reading
3
EDRE 478/678
Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties
3
EDRE 479/679
Practicum in Reading
3

Electives

The remaining six credit hours may be chosen from the following:

Course Name Credit Hours
EDCH 501
Advanced Children's Literature
 
3
EDCH 505
Storytelling as a Cultural Craft
 
3
EDCH 515
Adolescent Literature
3
EDCH 520
Multicultural Literature
3

Sample Courses

EDFD 500 - History and Philosophy of American Education

EDFD 505 - Organization of Education Systems in the United States

EDFD 507 - Educational Research

EDFD 508 - Educational Research Paper

Tuition & Fees

Tuition, per credit hour Cost
MEd and Non-degree Licensure/Endorsement Students $560
Catholic School Rate $345
Offsite $470
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 2018-19 school year, and include classes from Summer 2018 though Spring 2019. These amounts are updated to the most recent amounts available. For the full listing, please visit xavier.edu/costs.

99% of our teaching licensure students pass their state exams.

99%

of our teaching licensure students pass their state exams.

THIS PROGRAM

curriculum
CURRICULUM

30 credit hours are required for the master's degree consisting of 9 hours in core courses plus 21 hours of concentration course electives.

expertise
EXPERTISE

Students completing their studies for the degree take a comprehensive exam covering all areas of children's multicultural literature and storytelling and its impact on the elementary classroom and global society.

endorsement
ENDORSEMENT

Licensed teachers who want to add the Ohio Reading Endorsement may pursue it separately or at the same time as the MEd.

Multicultural Literature Program Design

  • Multicultural Literature for Children enables teachers to carefully choose and incorporate multicultural literature into a holistic, global classroom. It is one of the most powerful components of a multicultural education curriculum, which strives to make our society more equitable.
  • The coursework focuses on the diversity of literature written for children.
  • Courses include Advanced Children's Literature, Storytelling as a Cultural Craft, Writing & Publishing for Children, and Analysis of Children's Literature in a Global Society.

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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OUR STUDENTS GET RESULTS. EARLY AND MIDDLE CHILDHOOD EDUCATION STUDENTS AT BOTH GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE LEVELS ARE SUCCESSFUL IN FINDING TEACHING POSITIONS.

$53,090-$53,400

MEDIAN PAY FOR ELEMENTARY OR MIDDLE-SCHOOL TEACHER WITH BACHELOR'S DEGREE (BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS 2012).

100

HOURS OF FIELD WORK REQUIRED FOR THE OHIO READING ENDORSEMENT.