Master's Programs

The Curriculum & 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.

Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction

The Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) 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 eight concentrations listed below. Each of these areas has a coordinator, whose contact information is also below.

Dr. Scott Courtney -, 330-672-0657

Dr. Kristine Pytash -, 330-672-0641

Dr. Scott Courtney -, 330-672-0657

Dr. Danielle Gruhler -, 330-672-6517

Kevin Eckert -, 330-672-0627

Dr. Lisa Borgerding -, 330-672-0614

Dr. Lisa Testa -, 330-672-0647

Dr. Todd Hawley -, 330-672-0670

Admission to the C&I M.Ed. Program

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.

If you have questions about any of the entrance requirements, please visit the Graduate Admissions website, email, or call 330-672-2444.

Entrance Requirements

  1. Completion of a bachelor's degree; must have a 2.75 GPA.
  2. Completion of an online application.
  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 in-person classes at 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 the School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies there are master's level graduate programs available in other areas related to teaching and learning. To apply, please complete the online application. If you have any questions regarding the application form, please contact Graduate Admissions: or 330-672-2444.

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: M.Ed. and MAT
Dr. Julia Stoll
M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education website
MAT in Early Childhood Education website

Educational Technology: M.Ed. (100% online)
Dr. Enrico Gandolfi
M.Ed. in Educational Technology website

Reading Specialization: M.Ed.
Dr. Denise N. Morgan
M.Ed. in K-12 Reading/Literacy Specialization website

Career Technical Teacher Education: M.Ed.
Dr. Davison Mupinga
M.Ed. in Career & Technical Teacher Education website

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT): Secondary Education
Dr. Lisa Testa
MAT in Secondary Education website