Dec 02, 2023  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Secondary Education, M.Ed.

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Xavier University’s secondary/K-12 teacher education program provides a strong foundation in liberal arts education and emphasizes the importance of individual, educational growth, and professional  development. A student is prepared to become competent, professional secondary/K-12 educators through thorough classroom instruction and in-depth experience with practicing secondary/K-12 teachers.

A student may pursue a Master of Education degree alone, or a Master of Education degree with licensure or only licensure alone.

The M.Ed. program is intended for those who wish to obtain an advanced degree with general emphasis in course work connected to secondary education. Although a degree program can be arranged to support teacher licensure, this degree does not provide all the preparation  needed to achieve teacher licensure. Please contact the Department of Secondary and Special Education for guidance.

Requirements for the M.Ed. in Secondary Education

Remaining 21 hours

The remaining 21 hours will consist of 12 hours taken from graduate level professional education courses or subject content courses (e.g. art, biology, chemistry, classics, English. French, Spanish, history, math, music, political science, or theology). The remaining 9 semester hours may be taken from any graduate level course, as elective courses. The M.Ed. candidate is free to select courses that advance teaching in the secondary school. 

A maximum of 12 semester hours of Xavier University undergraduate courses (numbered 200 or higher) taken at the graduate level, with an earned grade of at least a B, may be applied to this program. Undergraduate credit earned at other institutions, while not allowed to count towards degree requirements, can be used for the purposes of licensure.


Comprehensive Exam Requirement

Finally, a student’s Master Of Education degree will be awarded only to candidates who have passed an extensive written examination covering the four general survey courses. Should the student fail the comprehensive exam, it may be repeated only once.


  • *Taken for undergraduate credit only.
  • Student must complete all coursework, field/clinical hours and pass all Praxis tests to apply for license.
  • Student must complete 12 hours MasterCore requirements; 18 hours from Special Education coursework and pass Comprehensive exam for completion of degree.

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