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Continuing Studies

M.Ed.: Admission Requirements

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 and personal statement.
  • Send official transcripts of all college work. A minimum 2.75 GPA required.
  • Provide proof of a valid teaching certificate (for licensed teachers).
  • Include two letters of recommendation (Download the Personal Appraisal Form):
    • One from a supervisor.
    • One from a colleague at your current place of employment, a former professor, or additional supervisor.
  • 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 select two full-time faculty members to serve on the graduate committee.

International Students

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

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Students fulfill the English language requirement when they provide proof of acceptable performance on the TOEFL.
  • Submit an official transcript of all previous college course work 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 course work. 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.