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Master’s Program

The Curriculum and Instruction faculty offer a wide range of master's degree programs related to teaching and learning. Specifics regarding each of the master's degree programs can be found on this page along with the C&I faculty members who can provide additional information on any program of interest.

Graduate assistantships are available for students in the master's programs. Please note that a student must be fully admitted to the graduate program and have applied by March 31st to qualify for full consideration for a graduate assistantship within the Curriculum and Instruction Program. If interested, a student must file the Graduate Assistant and Teaching Fellow Application Form.

Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

The Curriculum and Instruction (C&) Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree is a professional development degree that strives to enhance each student's career aspirations, which are frequently tied to a future employment objective. Professional teaching experience is not necessary to apply.  A student works closely with an advisor to address his or her professional development goals.  The C&I M.Ed. is organized into six specializations and one concentration listed below.  Each of these areas has a coordinator, and their contact information is also below.

Curriculum & Teaching
Dr. James Henderson


Dr. Scott Courtney


Dr. Lisa Borgerding


English/Language Arts
Dr. William Kist


Middle Childhood
Dr. Bette Brooks


Social Studies
Dr. Alicia Crowe


Physical Education
Dr. Stephen Mitchell


M.Ed. Admission Requirements

Admission decisions are made throughout the year on a rolling basis. Please be advised that while applications to the C&I M.Ed. are accepted all year, to ensure an application is reviewed for fall admission an applicant should have all required admissions paperwork completed and submitted before March 31st.

All application requirements listed below are submitted to and coordinated through the Division of Graduate Studies. If you have questions about any of the requirements, please contact the Division of Graduate Studies,, or 330-672-2661.

Entrance Requirements:
  1. Complete a bachelor's degree and have a 3.0 GPA.
  2. Complete an Application form.
  3. Submission of undergraduate transcripts.
  4. Submission of a goals statement.
  5. Submission of two letters of recommendation.
  6. Documentation of English language proficiency required for international applicants.

Once an application file is completed, it is forwarded to the C&I M.Ed. Program for review by faculty members and an admission decision.

Course of Study

Upon entry into the program a student is assigned an initial degree advisor. Once familiar with the C&I faculty, the student chooses a more permanent advisor or co-advisors. An individualized program of study (i.e., a prospectus) is completed with the advisor or co-advisors. The prospectus lists the required courses for the specialization or concentration. 

A student may choose to take courses from any Kent State University department at the main campus or any regional campus. Up to 12 graduate credits can be transferred from accredited colleges or universities. All transferable hours are subject to approval by the student's advisor or co-advisor.

Additional Master's Graduate Degrees

Within curriculum and instruction there are master's level graduate programs available in other areas related to teaching and learning. To complete an application form, please apply online ( Application Form).  If you have any questions regarding the application form, please contact the Division of Graduate Studies ( or call (330) 672-2661.

Below is a list of the programs along with degree websites and coordinators' contact information. The coordinators can provide prospective students with more details regarding each degree. 

Early Childhood Education
Dr. Janice Kroeger

Reading Specialization
Dr. Denise N. Morgan
Reading Specialization Website

Secondary Education
Dr. Todd Hawley
MAT Website

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