The Master of Education, a professional degree, is designed to meet the needs of professional educators. This degree is awarded to the candidate who has demonstrated a capacity for improving the quality of teaching within the particular sphere of his or her influence by satisfactorily completing a program of graduate work designed to give these characteristics:
- Broad knowledge of the principles and techniques of education in modern society.
- Specific knowledge of one major area of the field of education.
- Essential understanding and skills necessary for intelligent consumption of educational research.
To ensure comprehensiveness in their programs for the Master of Education degree, candidates should include in their programs 9 hours of general survey courses (or alternate courses as indicated by specific program) designed to provide integrated coverage of the broad field of education. These courses (credit hours) are:
To ensure their mastery of a particular area of education, candidates must include a concentration of at least 12 semester credit hours in one of the following areas:
Administration, Art, Biology, Business Education, Chemistry, Classics, Elementary Education, English, French, German, History, Political Science, Mathematics, Montessori Education, Multi-cultural Literature for Children, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Reading, Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Secondary Education, Spanish, Special Education, Theology.
Students should consult with an advisor before beginning their concentration.
The Master of Education program invites applications from students with a bachelor’s degree and a solid academic record. Admission decisions are based on factors such as past academic performance, standardized test score, and other information submitted.
Go to http://www.xavier.edu/education/ to reference program information and admission requirements.
A minimum of thirty hours is normally required for the degree of Master of Education.
These shall be distributed as follows:
- General surveys in education, 9 credit hours.
- Concentration, 12 credit hours. (Certain concentrations may require more than 12 semester hours, particularly where state certification requirements are involved. Consult with your academic advisor)
- Pertinent electives, 9 credit hours.
A student’s Master of Education program may not include more than 6 semester hours of workshops, unless by special arrangement with the program directors. The Master of Education degree will be awarded only to candidates who have passed an extensive written examination covering their particular field of concentration (e.g., administration) or covering the three general survey courses in education if they have concentrated in a subject matter field or in elementary or secondary education. The comprehensive exam is not required for the MEd in Sport Administration or MEd in Coaching Education and Athlete Development. Should the student fail the comprehensive examination, it may be repeated only once.
Note: The comprehensive exam is not required for the MEd in Sport Administration or MEd in Coaching Education and Athlete Development. For more information regarding specific requirements for these programs, please see Sports Studies.
Note: For information regarding the Master of Arts in English Education or History Education, please see Secondary Education. For information regarding the Master of Science in Special Education, please see Special Education.
Note: The University is not obliged to recommend licensure of any type on the basis of the completion of a Master of Education degree or specific course work in education. Students must also meet leadership, communication, and character requirements and pass the required tests of the State Department of Education for each specific license.
Xavier University also offers an innovative, integrated MSN/MEd program consisting of at least 54 semester credit hours. The student will receive two separate degrees, the Master of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Education. This program was developed in response to a community need for nurse educators. The MSN/MEd prepares the graduate to administer and teach in educational settings (i.e., CE providerships, in-service educators and nurse educators). See the School of Nursing section of this document for additional details.