Master of Education Program

The M.Ed program is being redesigned and is not accepting new students at this time.




Dr. Kwabena Dei Ofori-Attah, Graduate Program Coordinator

Center for Education and Natural Sciences
(937) 376-6225
Fax: (937) 376 -6314


Program Description

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) Program prepares candidates for a variety of leadership and teaching positions in education. The Master of Education Degree program has the following concentrations: (a) Student Affairs in Higher Education Administration, (b) School Leadership (c) Curriculum and Teacher Leadership. (d) Instructional Technology.

(A)      The concentration in Student Affairs in Higher Education Administration prepares candidates for student affairs profession. It requires a minimum of 33 hours.

(B)       The concentration in School Leadership prepares educators with a minimum of 3 years K-12 teaching experience to become school principals or administrators.   It requires a minimum of 33 hours.

(C)       The concentration  in Curriculum and Teacher Leadership is designed to meet the needs of a diverse group of educators, including students interested in leading and working as K-12 teachers, and teaching professionals who work in educational programs in the community and agencies. This concentration requires a minimum of 33 hours.

(D)      The concentration in Instructional Technology is designed to provide opportunity for candidates to develop knowledge and skills needed to incorporate technology effectively into preK-12 curricula, instruction, and assessment; to develop expertise in current and emerging instructional technologies; to gain deep understanding of the role of technology in the contemporary school.  Also, this concentration prepares candidates to lead change efforts in instructional technology at the classroom, school, and district levels. Requires a minimum of 33 credit hours.


Program Admission Requirements and Procedures

Admission to the M.Ed. program is granted by the Graduate Faculty Committee upon recommendation of the Graduate Faculty Admissions Sub-Committee of the College of Education. The complete application for admission, including supporting materials, should be received by the Administrative Coordinator for the Graduate Program, College of Education at least four weeks before the beginning of the semester in which the applicant plans to register. Central State University admits graduate students in the fall and spring semesters, and summer sessions. See university catalog for admission deadlines.

The Application Form for Graduate Program Admission to the Graduate Program is available in the College of Education and also online at the web site of Central State University. Students utilizing the online application are required to pay the admission fee by credit card or electronic check as part of the process. Paper applications are submitted with a non-refundable applica­tion fee of $70.00 to the Office of Student Accounts and University Receivables. Applicants must send official transcripts from each college or university attended, except Central State University, to Ms. Jill Woods, Administrative Coordinator to the Graduate Program, College of Education, Central State College of Education, 1400 Brush Row Rd, PO Box 1004, Wilberforce, OH 45384-1004. Personal or unofficial transcripts issued to the student or those delivered or sent by the applicant instead of the institution will not be considered for admission. Applications for admission cannot be reviewed until official transcripts of all previous college or university work are received.

All applicants should:

  • Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Millers Analogy Test (MAT).  (Note:  If an applicant has a 2.8 GPA or above, he/she will not need to take the GRE or the MAT.);
  • Provide a biographical sketch and Statement of Intent.
  • Provide three recommendation letters from previous professors, teachers and/or employers.
  • Take a test of written/spoken English, which the University reserves the right to request, of any entering graduate student whose primary language is not English
  • Pay a fee of $70.00 (check or money order).


Types of Admission

Regular admission will be granted to students who satisfy the admission require­ments for the master’s program.

Upon recommendation of the program director/coordinator and/or chair and subject to the approval of the Dean of Education, a student may be accepted with provi­sional admission if his or her undergraduate record shows slight deficiencies compared to the admission requirements of regular students. Students who are admitted with provisional status because of undergraduate course deficiencies will be required to make up the deficiencies by taking the appropriate undergraduate courses. Students admitted in provisional status may have no more than 9 semester hours of undergraduate course deficiencies. Students who are admitted with provisional status because of low test score(s) or low un­dergraduate grade point averages will be reviewed by the program director/coordinator and/or chair when nine semester hours of degree-credit coursework are completed. The program director/coordinator and/or chair will change the student’s status from provisional to regular if the deficiencies have been removed and/or the student’s record justifies such a change. The program coordinator/chair will report the change to the dean of College of Education.

A student in good academic standing who left Central State University but wants to return to complete his/her studies will have to apply for readmission provided the student has not missed more than one regular semester of enrollment. An application processing charge is not required for readmission under these conditions.

Students who have not enrolled at Central State University for two or more regular semesters must complete a Graduate Application for Admission and pay the application processing fee of $70.00. Transcripts of any coursework attempted since last attending Central State University must be submitted with the Graduate Application for Admission.

Transfer of Courses
Although all graduate credit hours may be transferred from another accredited institution, a maximum of six (12) hours will be counted toward the master’s degree. The Graduate Program Coordinator or appropriate faculty member or subcommittee of the graduate program will evaluate the course(s) being proposed for transfer and make a determination of suitability. No course with a grade below a “B” will be considered for transfer.

Course Load
Maximum coursework for graduate students is 12 hours each semester; 6 hours is considered part-time. Audit work does not qualify to meet the minimum load. However, audit work is calculated in determining a student's maximum course load. Exceptions to these minima and maxima are possible only with the written permission of the graduate program Director/Coordinator. If a graduate students' enrollments exceed the maximum or fail to meet the minimum of hours required by their type of financial support, their registrations will be withdrawn and financial support will be terminated.

All University employees who wish to use the employee tuition and fee waiver(faculty and staff) and are classified as graduate students must seek approval of the Graduate School to enroll in more than 6 semester hours of courses.

Registration Procedure 
Central State University is on the semester system. The academic year is divided into two semesters (fall and spring) and two summer sessions. Registration is open to all continuing students according to the Academic Calendar available on CSU’s web site. The dates are published in the Academic Calendar on Central State University’s web site.

Fees for students who register early are due prior to the start of the semester and are published on CSU’s web site. During the open registration period, students must pay fees or prove ability to pay. Late registration allows students to register one week before classes begin with an additional fee for late registration.
Registration is not complete until certified by the Cash Management Office. All incomplete registrations must be cancelled by the student. Students must be officially registered for classes during the semester in order to be eligible to receive grades at the end of the semester. Students will not be retroactively registered once the semester has ended. If a student has reason to request an exception to this policy, the request must be submitted in writing to the Academic Standards Committee.

Faculty Advisors
Upon notice of official acceptance into the Master’s Degree Program, the Chair of the Graduate Programs will assign each student a faculty advisor  who will guide the student’s graduate program of study.

The Grading System

The grading system for all graduate courses is as follows:

95-100 = A          94-86 = B          76-85= C         Below 70 = F

The exception to the above is GEDU 6700, Research Thesis/Scholarly Project in which the grading system shall be “IP” during the period that the thesis project is “In Progress.” The “In Progress” grade is not included in the computation of a student’s grade point average.  Upon completion of the thesis, the earned grade will be assigned to the thesis project.

From the time a student registers for the thesis/project credits, the student is allowed one year (3 semesters) to complete the thesis/project. If it is not completed, he or she may be allowed to register for the thesis/project during the next succeeding semester. The student must complete the thesis/project during this semester. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the graduate program

Students with significant full-time work experience in higher education administration or in other areas related to the area of concentration, upon their request and with advisor approval, may be exempted from the internship/. Such students may be requirement to take 2-3 credit hours of additional electives.

Grade Forgiveness
Graduate students may repeat a course if the previous grade received was a C,  or F. A student will receive grade forgiveness (grade replacement) for only two course repeats during his/her graduate studies at Central State University.

Grade forgiveness means that only the last grade earned is used to compute the grade point average. However, all grades will appear on the student's official transcript. The grade forgiveness option may not be exercised to remove a grade awarded in a case of  academic dishonesty

Substitution for Course Requirements
Special consideration for course substitution in the required program of study may be given to a student who has had special study and/or experience in a given subject area. The student may apply to the program coordinator/director and submit a letter demonstrating the need for course substitution based on prior background knowledge in the required course.

Only the Graduate Program Coordinator/Chair may approve substitute courses for program requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to demonstrate the need for any substitute for program requirements.

Course Audits
A student who wants to audit a course needs approval from the coordinator/director of the program. Audited courses may be repeated for credit that in turn can be counted towards the degree.  Students do not earn credit for courses they audit.

Drop/Add Courses 
Students may drop or add courses during the first nine days of the semester. Students are not permitted to add courses after the first nine days of the semester. Exceptions require the written permission of the instructor. Students may drop courses during the first nine days of the semester without record. All drops after the ninth day of class will result in a grade of “W.” Students are not permitted to drop classes after the last day of the 12th week of the semester.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Satisfactory academic progress (SAP) is used to define successful completion of coursework to maintain eligibility for student financial aid. A 3.00 GPA must be maintained to be eligible for financial assistance. Federal regulations require the University to establish, publish and apply standards to monitor the progress of students toward completion of a program.  Students who fail to meet these standards will be placed on financial aid warning or suspension.

Students’ academic performance must meet the SAP qualitative and quantitative standards described below:

The qualitative standard refers to a student’s grade point average (GPA) which is an indication of the student's good academic standing. To remain in a good academic standing, the graduate student must maintain a cumulative 3.00 GPA and also a 3.00 GPA on the most recent 12 semester hours of work.

The quantitative standard has two parts:

•First, the student must complete the program within a maximum timeframe, which is 6 years.

•Second, a student must successfully complete a required percentage of the credits he/she attempts. This component is referred to as the credit completion ratio. The completion rate indicates the credits the student earned compared to the credits he/she attempted. A student’s completion rate is determined by dividing the credits earned by credits attempted. These numbers are indicated at the bottom of the student’s transcript.


25 credits earned
30 credits attempted
Completion Rate = 83.30%

Note: Transfer credits generally are not included in the GPA or completion rate calculations.


A graduate student whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.00, will be placed on academic probation. A student on academic probation will not be allowed to enroll for more than 6 hours during any semester the probation applies and the student’s progress will be monitored course by course. The probationary student is required to achieve a 3.00 cumulative GPA by the time the student has completed the next nine hours of course work. If the requisite GPA is attained, the academic probation status will be removed.

Grade Repeat Option
A graduate course in which a student has earned a “C” or “F” may be repeated. A course taken for the repeat option must be taken from Central State University. In such a case, only the higher grade will be used to compute the student’s GPA. A failing grade will provide no credit toward the degree but will be included in figuring scholarship level, unless replaced with a higher grade by repeating the course(s).

If the requisite GPA is not attained, the student will be suspended from graduate studies at  Central State University  for the following semester, after which the student may apply for readmission.


Time Limit for Degree Completion

The program for the master’s degree must be completed within a period of 6 years beginning with the first semester of enrollment in which the student is accepted to a degree program. For any extension of this time limitation, the student must petition the Graduate Program Coordinator by submitting a request to the adviser who, in turn, submits a written recommendation to the Graduate Program Coordinator. The Graduate Program Coordinator will notify the adviser in writing of the final decision.

All students in the M.Ed. program apply for and be admitted to candidacy after the completion of 12 graduate level credit hours but before the completion of 15 graduate-level credit hours.  A degree candidacy application must be approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator.

For admission to candidacy the student must satisfy the following:

1. Complete all required deficiencies if admitted on condition.

2. Complete at least twelve hours of graduate work successfully.

3. Maintain a 3.00 GPA on all courses taken toward the requirements for the degree with no incomplete grades.

4. File an Application for Candidacy form with the graduate program office.

5. File a degree plan in the graduate program office which meets all requirements and is approved by the administrator of the graduate program and the dean of the college. The degree plan must be filed at the same time that an Application for Candidacy is filed.

Successful of a thesis is a requirement in the program.  Please see the graduate handbook for detailed information about thesis format and requirements.


Application for Graduation

Applications for Graduation are accepted beginning September 15th of the year preceding the student’s anticipated graduation date. A $70.00 application fee is required. The application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. All commencement regalia are available for purchase at Senior Salute or the University Book Store.

Applications are valid only for the academic year in which they are submitted. The following steps and minimum requirements must be satisfied in order for a student to be considered as an applicant for graduation:

1. Contact your academic advisor for a graduation evaluation.

2. Submit a completed Application for Graduation, Degree Check Completion Sheet and the $70.00 application fee by the last day of final examinations for the Fall Semester. Graduation Applications will be accepted through March 1st, with payment of the late fee.

3. To participate in the May Commencement Ceremony all students:

a. Must submit their application (See CSU catalog for graduating application  deadline.)

b. Complete thesis work or must be editing the final approved version of the thesis

4. All course requirements must be completed by the end of the Spring Semester.

5. A minimum cumulative grade point average (3.0) is required for graduation.

6. No course with a grade below "C" may be applied toward fulfilling degree requirements.



GEDU 5206: Introduction to Statistics (I; 4) – This course provides students with an introduction to basic statistical techniques used by researchers in the social and behavior sciences.  Major topics include frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and variation, regression and correlation and hypothesis testing.  A computer lab is required with this course.

GEDU 5210: Foundations and Functions of College Student Affairs (I,II, III:3).  The primary goal of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the field of college student affairs and its role in American higher education. A related goal is to develop a broad foundation of knowledge to which subsequent study, practitioner skills, and research strategies in student affairs may be added.

GEDU 5310: Introduction to Student Personnel Administration (I,II,III:3). A systematic analysis of research and theoretical literature on a variety of major problems in the organization and administration of student personnel services in higher education. Included in this course will be discussions of such topics as the student personnel philosophy in education, counseling services, discipline, housing, student activities, financial aid, and health services.

GEDU 5330: Multicultural Issues in Counseling and Student Affairs (I,II,III:3) Socio-psychological, philosophical, clinical, and research topics related to the provision of counseling and personnel services, student affairs, academic support, and career development for minority students on college and university campuses. Implications of race and/or national origin on opportunities for personal, social, academic, and career development in educational settings will be examined.

GEDU 5420: Technology for Educational Leaders (I; 3) — Leadership candidates will learn to apply their leadership skills in support of technology use in their organizations. This includes visioning, integration, professional development, communication, management & operations, assessment and evaluation and identify, communicate model, & enforce social, legal and ethical practices to promote responsible use of technology.

GEDU 5610: Cultural Relevance in the context of Urban Schools (II; 3) — The changing U.S. demographics makes it imperative that organizational leaders be culturally competent, developing the ability to work with and teach those with different cultural needs.  This is especially true in the urban areas.  Cultural competence includes a set of convergent behaviors, attitudes and policies that come together in an organization and among individuals that enable them to work effectively together in cross cultural situations.

GEDU 5700: Law and Governance in Higher Education (II; 3) – Investigates the structure and background of law and equity in higher education.  Emphasis on how statutory, administrative and case law affect faculty, students, administrators, and trustees.  Topics include the legal aspects of:

  • Personnel administration;
  • Personal and academic freedoms;
  • Statutes and case law related to due process;
  • Liability and employee rights;
  • Student rights and governance.

Additionally, the course provides an introduction to the legal principles of contracts and grants in higher education as they relate to designing proposal and managing the projects.

GEDU 5710: Introduction to Student Services Administration (I; 3) – This course examines the purposes, development, and present scope of work with students in U.S. college and universities, with attention to problems in working with students and related issues, and trends in higher education.  Special attention is paid to the history, philosophy and goals of student affairs units in college and universities.  Emphasis is placed on practitioner roles and responsibilities.  The leadership, administrative, managerial, financial, and legal aspects of student affairs and higher education are covered with attention to how these affect student development and learning.

GEDU 5720: Introduction to Personnel Administration (I; 3) – This course involves analysis of the major functions involved in administering a staff personnel program in higher education.  It includes a survey of:

  • The need for and types of personnel;
  • Recruitment, advancement, and security of personnel;
  • Salaries, wages, and benefits; and
  • Problems peculiar to college personnel.

Stresses in interrelationship of functions and focuses on the administrative level and the organizational development/human resource development relationship.

GEDU 6130: Seminar in Higher Education Administration (I, II, III: 2-3). A graduate level seminar that introduces students to current issues in higher education.  Demographic, social, legal, financial, and planning issues and forces that affect how colleges and universities are governed will be explored.

GEDU 6450: Educational Finance (I, II, III:3). Introduction to principles and practices in financial management in higher education. The course examines the complexities of higher education finance and how political, economic, and social forces impact budgetary decisions. Also, the course provides an overview of financial administration in public and private colleges and universities, with special emphasis on funding strategies, governmental and private-sector programs and initiatives, resource allocation concerns, and institutional fund-raising activities.

GEDU 6538: Policy and Issues of Access and Equity (I; 3) — The purpose of this course is to examine contemporary policies in education and subsequences of these policies and equitable education for all students. A second focus will be on choices of students, teachers and school administrators, the consequences of these choices and their implementation to public policy. In this focus on equity, we will analyze the link between gender equity and general school reform.

GEDU 6575: Theory and Assessment of College Student Development (I, II, III: 3). The purpose of this course is to examine a range of theories, models, and concepts on student development that offer insight into the processes of student learning, growth, and development during the postsecondary years. Special focus is directed toward understanding the implications of these theories, models and concepts for the policies and practices of higher education in general and student affairs/services in particular.

GEDU 6640: Leadership in Educational Organizations (II; 3) — The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation for educational leaders to connect a theory of practice with organizational behavior and school culture. In this endeavor, the course provides a history of organizational theories, organizational culture and change, leadership dimensions, and a classification of school reform models, including “no child left behind.”

GEDU 6650: Introduction to Educational Research (I; 3) — This course will introduce student to the various paradigms of educational research, qualitative and quantitative. Students will select refine and propose topics for research, locate published research, and interpret summarize published research.

GEDU 6670: Research Ethics and Protocols (II; 3) – This course examines the major legal and ethical issues confronting contemporary higher education professionals. It provides an overview of the institutional research and analysis techniques utilized in contemporary higher education.  The course is configured for those with an interest in conducting institutional research and/or working in offices of institutional research on the campus and/or state level organization that generate or consume research.

GEDU 6675: Student Development and Support Services in Higher Education (II; 3) – This course examines the impact of post-secondary educational institutions on students; explores the barriers to student development and the role of student affairs in reducing these barriers and increasing the beneficial impact. Implications for the design of educational practice on the college campus are explored.  Special emphasis is placed on the study of select campus environments and their influences on students.

GEDU 6680: Staff Development and Evaluation in Education (I, II, III: 3) Major functions concerning the supervision of staff in a school setting including the selection, orientation and development of staff members. Theories and techniques for promoting a positive school climate will be explored and applied. Alternative approaches to assessing and enhancing a staff's instructional competence will be examined.

GEDU 6685: Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education (I, II, III: 3) This course introduces students to the subject of evaluating programs in higher education settings. Within the higher education community, interest in program evaluation and assessment has increased as community colleges as well as other colleges and universities have come under increasing pressure to demonstrate the effectiveness of their programs and make themselves more accountable to a variety of constituencies both inside and outside the academy.

GEDU 6690: Qualitative Methods in Educational Research (I, II, III: 3) This course will introduce students to the characteristics and various approaches to designing and conducting qualitative research projects in education. Students will gain hands-on experience in various qualitative methods and analysis techniques while carrying out a research project related to their area of interest. Course prerequisite: complete 28-31 hours of graduate work.

GEDU 6700: Research Thesis/Scholarly Project (I, II; 3) — The purpose of this course is to Guide Master Degree candidates through the steps of developing a master’s thesis.  Students will select a topic, identify their research question and develop literature review, methodology, analyze data and provide recommendation for further research. The candidate must defend the findings and conclusions before the thesis committee.

GEDU 6848: Graduate Internship (I, II; 3) — Students will complete an internship in their area of concentration for a minimum of one semester. Students will work with the University supervisor and the internship supervisor to develop a project that will serve to improve the institutional delivery of services or student learning in a classroom. The details of the project will be developed among the team.