Those seeking admission to the Master of Education must meet the following qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Possession of a valid teaching certificate issued by one of the 50 states, or employment in a profession that is educational in purpose (e.g. nursing, social work, etc.).
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.75.

Carthage College does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of race, sex, disability, veteran status, national origin, religion, or personal affiliation.

Admission Procedures

Before candidates may be considered for admission, they must:

  • Submit an application.
  • Send official transcripts of all college work. A minimum 2.75 GPA is required.
  • Provide proof of a valid teaching certificate (for licensed teachers).
  • Interview with the Director of the Graduate Program (optional, but recommended).

When the application is complete, the Director of the Graduate Program will send a letter verifying acceptance. Once accepted, students will be assigned to an advisor who will help students develop an individualized program of study.

International Students

In addition to the admission requirements established for all graduate students, international students must:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the English language by completing the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), SAT, ACT, or IELTS. Students who meet academic requirements but who do not have the English language proficiency may be eligible for conditional admission to Carthage College.
  • Submit an official transcript of all previous college coursework translated into English.
  • Provide evidence, in English, that they earned the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Submit a U.S. Affidavit of Support form, which provides evidence that an independent source of funding is available for the student.

Transferring Credits

Prior to admission to candidacy, students may request to apply a maximum of 12 graduate credits earned at Carthage toward the program of study for the Master of Education program. The College may accept 12 credits from another institution if:

  • The student earned the credits within the last five years.
  • The student completed course work prior to the end of the term or summer session in which Carthage accepts the student’s candidacy.
  • The student maintained a “B” average in all transferred coursework. The College will not accept “pass” or “credit” work.
  • Course work is related to the student’s area of concentration.
  • Students may transfer no more than 12 credits into their programs of study before receiving approval from the graduate committee and the Director of the Graduate Program.