Dec 05, 2023  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Elementary Education, M.Ed.

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The Master of Education in elementary education will provide the student with a strong foundation in professional knowledge, experience in combining theory with practice, and opportunities for curriculum development and application. The student may pursue an M.Ed. and a teaching license separately or concurrently.

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Requirements for the M.Ed. in Elementary Education

(30 total credit hours required)


  • The remaining 21 hours required are selected from programs such as elementary, Montessori, multi-cultural children’s literature, and reading. The M.Ed. candidate is free to select courses that advance teaching in the elementary school.

Programs Requirements for Licensure:

Students seeking initial licensure in early or middle childhood education concurrently with the M.Ed. will declare their Master’s concentration as Elementary. Students seeking teacher licensure in early or middle childhood must contact the department for a review of their transcripts. Students are expected to have a broad base of undergraduate coursework spread over the following areas: English, history, sciences, math, speech, and the fine arts. There is a specific sequence within both programs. Course requirements for early or middle childhood licensure extend beyond the 30 hours required for a Masters Degree.

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Master of Education in Elementary Education – Cohort Program Ohio Early Childhood License Pre-K - Grade 3

With the passage of Ohio Senate Bill 216, the early childhood P-3 teaching license will be replaced with a new P-5 license, with courses of study beginning in 2020. During our 2019-20 academic year we will continue to research best practices and make course adjustments to align with the new license requirements. Students completing the P-3 license in May 2020 will be eligible for the Early Childhood Generalist 4-5 Endorsement as currently offered. Students entering the early childhood graduate cohort in May of 2020 can expect a revised program of study for the P-5 license.

Students seeking acceptance into the graduate early childhood cohort must first be accepted into the M.Ed program. Application for acceptance in the Master of Education Program is made through the Graduate Services Office. Call 745-3360 or visit the Xavier website, Upon acceptance in the M.Ed. program a candidate may begin courses listed below.

To begin the admission process for the early childhood cohort program, the student must meet with an academic advisor for transcript review and discussion of the program. Call (513)745-3701 for an appointment. Please bring an official copy of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate work to this meeting.

Upon acceptance into the Master of Education program a candidate may begin the required courses listed below. Candidates are responsible for graduate information contained in the Xavier University Catalog, such as the comprehensive exam and other graduation requirements.

The candidate must meet with an academic advisor for a transcript review outlining general education requirements:

  • English Composition (3)
  • History (3)
  • Mathematics (6)
  • Literature (6)
  • Natural Science (3)
  • Physical Science (3)
  • Fine Art (3)

Professional Foundation Courses

The following courses are taken during the academic year prior to the beginning of the Early Childhood Cohort Program.

Please Note:

  • The licensure candidate may complete the M.Ed. Core courses:   EDFD 505 , Organization of Education Systems in the United States; EDFD 507 / EDFD 508 , Educational Research/Paper during the initial academic year, or elect to finish at a later date. “No more than six years may elapse between enrolling in a degree program and completion of work for the degree.” A comprehensive exam is the final requirement for the degree program. The M.Ed candidate may sit for the exam after 27 hours for the degree have been successfully completed.
  • Students who have completed (or will complete by May) general education requirements and professional foundation courses may apply to the Early Childhood Cohort. Application is made during the spring semester. Applications, available through the Department of Childhood Education and Literacy Office, 307 Hailstones Hall, are reviewed by a faculty team and evaluated on the basis of the following: EDEL 500  final grade, field work evaluation, grade point average, Miller Analogy or GRE scores, written and oral communication skills.

Early Childhood License Cohort Courses

Candidates must be accepted into the cohort program in order to enroll in the following courses.

*The schedule below is effective Summer Semester 2009.


Students must pass the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) Early Childhood Education/012 in the fall semester and OAE Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Early Childhood/001 and Foundations of Reading/090 during the student teaching semester. Additional information on testing may be found at the Department of Childhood Education and Literacy website or See also for test information regarding the endorsements in reading and grades 4 and 5.

Application for the early childhood license is made online through the Ohio Department of Education upon completion of all requirements. The State of Ohio, Four Year Resident Educator License, Early Childhood P-3 from the ODE carries an effective date of July. Students seeking licensure in other states must first complete the Ohio license requirements.  Information on licensure is covered in detail during the student teaching semester.

The early childhood license gives the candidate the opportunity to add endorsements for teaching grades 4 and 5 (additional 9 credit hours) or Reading (additional 9 hours), which may be added during the summer following student teaching, or during successive summers.  Please consult an advisor before beginning the endorsement courses.

Ohio Licensure Generalist Endorsement Grades 4-5 Graduate Courses

This series of courses is offered for the candidate who holds the Ohio Early Childhood License/Grades P-3 and which will enable them to obtain the generalist endorsement for grades 4-5. The candidate for the endorsement must complete all 9 semester hours of coursework listed below and pass the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE): OAE Elementary Education (Subtest I)/018 and OAE Elementary Education (Subtest II)/019

Prerequisite: Holds an Ohio Early Childhood License/Grades P-3. For graduate students who wish to pursue a Masters in Elementary Education, the Generalist Endorsement courses can be applied towards the M.Ed. For more information on the Masters program, go to

Generalist Endorsement Grades 4-5 Courses

  • EDEL 640 Middle Childhood Transitions: Development and Management (1)
  • EDEL 641 Mathematics Content, Pedagogy, and Assessment Grades 4-5 (2)
  • EDEL 642 Science Content, Pedagogy, and Assessment Grades 4-5 (2)
  • EDEL 643 Language Arts Content, Pedagogy, and Assessment Grades 4-5 (2)
  • EDEL 644 Social Studies Content, Pedagogy, and Assessment Grades 4-5 (2)

Master of Education in Elementary Education Ohio Middle Childhood License Grades 4-9

Middle childhood licensure at the graduate level is designed for the student who did not receive a teaching license as an undergraduate; has strong undergraduate course work in two of the following: mathematics, science, social studies or English; is available to take pedagogy, methods, and field placement courses with both day and evening scheduling in order to meet the extensive requirements of the middle childhood license. The middle childhood license is for teaching grades 4 through 9 in two subject areas. Students will also study reading methods and children’s literature along with their two chosen areas of concentration. The student with current (within the last 10 years) course work in the concentrations may have some concentration requirements waived.

  • There is no cohort program (see early childhood licensure) for middle childhood candidates. Progression through the program is unique to the individual due to the various concentration combinations, i.e. one student may choose math and science while another opts for science and social studies. The content courses may not be offered as frequently as the foundation courses, often just one semester out of the academic year. The sequence of course completion is important to the success of the candidate.


To begin the admission process for the Middle Childhood License/Master of Education program, the candidate must meet with an academic advisor for a transcript review outlining general education requirements:

  • English Composition (3)
  • History (3)
  • Mathematics (6)
  • Literature (6)
  • Science (6)
  • Fine Art (3)

A minimum grade of C is required in all courses, except English composition, for which a B is required. An overall undergraduate grade point average must be a 2.70 or better.

Next the student must apply for the M.Ed. in Elementary Education.


The Middle Childhood Licensure candidate must choose two fields of concentration from the following : (see specific courses under B.S. in Middle School Education)

  • Mathematics - 21 hours
  • Science - 21 hours
  • Social Studies - 24 hours
  • Reading/ Language Arts - 24 hours

Students should take the five professional foundation courses before enrolling in the following courses specific to middle childhood licensure. See undergraduate Middle School Education section for list of concentration courses.


Concentration courses may be completed concurrent with methods/pedagogy courses listed below. Due to the complexity of the licensure requirements, middle school candidates must meet with an advisor each semester. Students should take the five professional foundation courses listed on the preceding page: 

 EDEL 500 , EDFD 500  , EDFD 510 , and EDEL 260/560, before enrolling in the following courses specific to the Middle Childhood License.

Middle Childhood Courses

Scheduling of Middle Childhood courses are varied; courses may meet during the day, at 4:15 or 7:00PM, and often require field observation or experience. Be aware that EDMC courses are not offered every semester.


  • Praxis II Exams: You must pass two subject area concentration exams prior to student teaching. The “Principles of Learning and Teaching: 5-9” is taken during the student teaching semester. See Praxis link at
  • Grades 4-6 Middle Childhood Endorsements are an option for persons holding a Middle School license. See Requirements for generalist endorsement under B.S. for Middle School Education.
  • The following core courses fulfill Master of Education requirements but are not required to complete the middle childhood license requirements. They can be taken at any time within the six year limit. Students take the Comprehensive Exam related to the three core courses during the last semester of graduate course work.

EDFD 500  

EDFD 505 

EDFD 507  & EDFD 508 


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