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This FAQ page answers some of the questions frequently posed by educators as they consider the Master of Education (M.Ed.) program at Cedarville University. The following categories and questions are provided to assist you on your academic journey.

Is this online program available in all 50 states?

Due to state and federal higher education regulations, Cedarville University has chosen not to accept applications from students residing in Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, or Minnesota to enroll in online degree programs. This applies only to distance learning students residing in these four states. Students from all 50 states as well as international students are welcome to apply for any on-campus program. Please contact an admissions counselor for further information.

What are the admission requirements for the M.Ed. program?

Cedarville University invites applications from educators who have a testimony of faith in Jesus Christ. Applicants who meet this criteria and present satisfactory evidence of their ability to perform at the graduate level are admitted to the graduate education program. For additional admission criteria, view the M.Ed. admission requirements.

How often are students admitted into the program?

Students are admitted into the program for fall, spring, and summer terms and may begin courses according to the completion options.

How do I apply for admission to the M.Ed. program?

Visit the M.Ed. online application to begin or continue your application.

Do I need to submit my Cedarville University (or Cedarville College) transcripts?

No, graduate admissions will request your Cedarville transcripts from the office of the registrar.

Is there an application deadline?

No. However, an admission decision deadline exists to help ensure you have a successful start for your online courses. View Deadlines for more information. For admission criteria, view the M.Ed. admission requirements.

Is the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) required for admission into the M.Ed. program?

No. The GRE is optional for applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher.  However, taking the GRE may strengthen your application. For more information, view the Test Scores chart on the M.Ed. admissions requirements page. 

What if my undergraduate GPA is less than 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)?

We seek applicants with strong academic and professional backgrounds. Applicants with less than a 2.75 GPA are still able to submit an application.  However, GRE scores are required as part of the admission process for applicants with less than a 2.75 GPA at the undergradute level. For more information, view the test scores chart on the M.Ed. admission requirements page.

Is an interview required?

No.

Are there any prerequisites required for admission into the M.Ed. program?

Yes. The requirement is a baccalaureate (bachelor's) degree.  Teachers who hold or have held a current teaching license are preferred. However, applicants who do not have a teaching license but satisfy the M.Ed. admission requirements, may be conditionally admitted into the M.Ed. program.

A conditionally admitted student can enroll in courses and is permitted to take up to 11 credit hours before the admission conditions must be completed. Upon satisfaction of the admission conditions, the student will be moved to regular admission. Each application will be reviewed on an individual basis before an admission decision is provided. Please contact us with additional questions.

In addition, admitted students must have completed a minor in Bible or have taken coursework adequate to meet the outcomes of BEGS-5110 Bible Survey for Professionals and BEGS-5120 Foundations of Biblical Theology. Students who have not met this requirement, as determined by the office of the registrar, must enroll in BEGS-5110 and/or BEGS-5120 before or concurrent with other classes during the first year and before enrolling in EDU-6100 History and Philosophy of Education.

If you need to satisfy this prerequisite, view the general study/non-degree courses or register for courses.

Can I transfer graduate credits from another institution into the M.Ed. program?

Yes. Students may transfer up to 11 hours of credit from an accredited program into Cedarville's M.Ed. program. To request transfer credit, send an official transcript directly from the transfer institution to the office of the registrar at Cedarville University.

Once the official transcript is received, the director of the M.Ed. program will evaluate your transfer request. The office of the registrar notifies M.Ed. students by e-mail when approved transfer credits have been added to their transcripts.

Is financial aid available for M.Ed. students?

Yes. Graduate students fund their education in various ways. Students can find assistance through scholarships, grants, and loans. Information about these options may be found on the costs and financial aid page.

In addition, many employers provide a tuition assistance program as a benefit to their employees who are pursuing graduate coursework or degrees. Students are encouraged to contact the appropriate personnel at their place of employment for details about their employer's tuition assistance program.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Students applying for federal financial aid should complete the FAFSA. For additional information, view the loans page. Students applying for scholarships and grants will find various options available.

How many credits do I need to take per semester to be considered a full-time student?

Students enrolled for eight or more credits per semester are considered full-time. Students enrolled for less than eight credits per semester are considered part-time.

How many credits do I need to take per semester to be eligible for federal financial aid?

Students must be enrolled at least half-time status (four or more credits per semester) to be eligible for federal financial aid.

What is the tuition rate for the M.Ed. program?

Cedarville University is committed to offering the M.Ed. program at a cost that is affordable and competitive with programs of similar quality and reputation. More information on the cost of graduate tuition is included on the costs and financial aid page.

How do I pay for my classes?

View payment and account balances for more information.

Is Cedarville's M.Ed. program accredited?

Yes. View the Cedarville University accreditation pages for more information.

Is the M.Ed. program a fully online program?

Yes. View the completion options for more information.  There are no residency requirements to complete your M.Ed. degree.

How long does it take to complete the M.Ed. program?

Students pursuing full-time coursework can complete the program in as little as two years. Students pursuing part-time coursework can complete the program in as little as three years. For more information, view the completion options.

Do I need a bachelor's degree in education to be admitted to the M.Ed. program?

No.  A baccalaureate (bachelor's) degree in education is preferred.  However, applicants with a bachelor's degree in another discipline, and who satisfy the M.Ed. admission requirements, may be conditionally admitted into the M.Ed. program.

What kind of learning experiences will I encounter in the M.Ed. program?

View the mission and objectives page for more information.

Will the M.Ed. program license me as a teacher?

No. Most students enrolled in the M.Ed. program either hold a teaching license before beginning the program or they are not seeking a teaching license. The M.Ed. program is not a licensure program.

Who will my advisor be during the program?

Upon admission into the M.Ed. program, each student is assigned a program advisor. The program advisor provides guidance for the student throughout the course of study.

I am finishing my education degree. Can I apply for the M.Ed. program?

Yes. You may apply during your senior year of your education program. Visit the M.Ed. online application to begin or continue your application.

I am a new education graduate. Do I need teaching experience before I apply to the M.Ed. program?

No. Teaching experience is highly recommended; however, work experience is not required. Many graduate students teach at least part time during the program so they can apply their class knowledge to real-world experiences.

In addition, students who work part time may be able to access tuition assistance benefits provided by their employer. Visit the M.Ed. online application to begin or continue your application.

Can I work full time while earning my M.Ed. degree?

Yes. M.Ed. courses are conveniently scheduled for online completion during the year to allow educators to arrange their schedule for full- or part-time coursework.

View the completion options for cohort-based or individualized plans.

I have my education degree, but I have not been working as an educator. Can I apply for the M.Ed. program?

Yes. Although some course assignments are best fulfilled within a school classroom, occasionally M.Ed. students have successfully completed their assignments after making arrangements for access to a regular classroom.

How long do I have to complete the degree?

You must complete all program requirements within seven years after beginning your coursework.

What happens if I do not complete my degree in the allotted time?

Students unable to complete the degree requirements within the allotted time may petition for an extension from the director of the M.Ed. program.

Is a thesis or project required?

Yes. An M.Ed. student may choose from either a thesis or applied research project. Students will work with their advisor and the M.Ed. faculty to guide them through the process.

What is the tuition rate for the M.Ed. program?

Cedarville University is committed to offering the M.Ed. program at a cost that is affordable and competitive with programs of similar quality and reputation. More information on the cost of graduate tuition is included on the costs and financial aid page.

How do I pay for my classes?

View payment and account balances for more information.

Do I need to be admitted to take graduate classes at Cedarville?

Yes. To enroll in a class, either as a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking student, you must be admitted to the University through graduate admissions before you can register for classes. For admission criteria, view the M.Ed. admission requirements.

How do I register for classes?

All graduate course registrations are completed through the office of the registrar using a web-based interface called WebAdvisor.  Reference graduate registration instructions or access WebAdvisor for more information.

What classes should I take?

Please consult with your program advisor for advice on degree planning. Upon admission into a graduate program, each student is assigned a program advisor. Your program advisor provides guidance throughout the course of study.

You may view the graduate course schedules page, reference graduate registration instructions, or access WebAdvisor to find a current listing of courses for your program.

When can I register for classes?

Graduate course schedules are provided by the office of the registrar and prepared prior to each graduate term. Registration begins in March for the summer and fall semesters and in October for the spring semester.

You may view the graduate course schedules page, reference graduate registration instructions, or access WebAdvisor to find a current listing of courses for your program.

How do I search for classes in current and future terms?

View the graduate course schedules page, reference graduate registration instructions, or access WebAdvisor for more information.

How do I view my current class schedule?

Reference graduate registration instructions or access WebAdvisor for your current class schedule.

How do I add or drop a class?

Reference graduate registration instructions or access WebAdvisor for more information.

How do I register for a closed class?

A closed class requires permission from the course instructor. Contact the office of the registrar for more information.

Is there anything I need to do before the first day of classes?

Each student is strongly encouraged to review their class schedule for accuracy in WebAdvisor. Discuss any discrepancies immediately with the office of the registrar.

Where do I purchase my textbooks?

Textbooks may be purchased through the University Bookstore. Before ordering textbooks, view and print your class schedule from WebAdvisor.  Your class schedule will provide you with the class codes and numbers so you can find the appropriate texts.

How do I pay for my classes?

View payment and account balances for more information.

Where is the office of the registrar?

The office of the registrar is located on the campus of Cedarville University in the Stevens Student Center on the lower level. View the contact us page for more information.

Have more questions?

Please contact us in graduate admissions.

Have more questions?

Please contact us in graduate admissions.