Master of Education in Initial Licensure


MED student working with a studentProgram Description

This program is designed for any individual who has an undergraduate degree in a field/area of study other than teacher education and who wants to pursue a course of graduate studies to become licensed early or middle childhood or secondary school teachers.

Program Requirements
The program consists of 33-34 credits of required course work and 10 credits of student teaching under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and University field instructor.

Three checkpoints must also be successfully completed in this program. Checkpoint 1 is completed through submission of all materials required for admission to the program. Requirements for Checkpoint 2 must be met after successful completion of all required coursework and prior to ED 630, the student teaching internship experience in the degree program, and must indicate a potential for success in student teaching. Checkpoint 3 is completed at the end of the ED 630 student teaching experience. This checkpoint involves successful completion of additional performance assessments during the student teaching experience, PRAXIS II licensure tests (for elementary education), and completion of all other licensing and degree requirements.

Maximum Flexibility
The  Master's degree may be completed in as little as 2 years. Up to 20 credits can be taken over two consecutive summers through intensive study during the 6 week summer sessions. A 10-credit non-salaried, supervised internship in education is usually completed in one semester. Students may enroll in 3-6 credits during fall and spring semesters, with the option of taking selected courses online.

Although students may choose to enroll in the program on either a full-time or part-time evening basis, one semester of field placement generally requires a full-time academic commitment.

For information on optional concentration in Humane Education, click here.


Required Core Courses

Professional Studies

29 credits

ED 504 Educational Psychology 3 cr
ED 506 School & Society 2 cr
ED 508 Technology as Pedagogy 3 cr
ED 617 Assessment & Management of the Learning Environment   3 cr
ED 618 Curriculum Design & Differentiation 2 cr
ED 630 Supervised Teaching 10 cr
ED 651 Seminar: Efficacy in Professional Practice 0 cr
ED 652 Seminar: Research 1 cr
ED 670 Home. School, and Community Relationships 3 cr
SPED 540 Learning Exceptionalities 3 cr


Early/Middle Childhood Concentration **

15 cr

ED 510 Foundations in Emergent & Early Literacy 3 cr
ED 524 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School   3 cr
ED 529 Literacy in the Elementary School 3 cr
ED 530 Methods of Teaching Science & Social Studies in the Elementary School   3 cr
ED 565 Literacy in Socio-Cultural Contexts 3 cr

Early Adolescence & Adolescence/Young Adult (Middle & High School) **

14 cr

ED 507 Media Education 3 cr
ED 560 Literacies in the Content Areas 3 cr
ED 575 Principles of Middle Level Education 2 cr
ED 589 Content Area Curriculum & Instructional Methods 6 cr
** One Methods course required for each licensure area

Criteria for Admission

In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the Graduate School, applicants should meet the following requirements:

    * A minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) in all previous coursework
    * Passing scores on the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) in reading, writing, and mathematics.
NOTE: Minimum passing scores are 176, 172, and 175 respectively, and are necessary for obtaining Indiana teaching licensure. Evidence of passing scores must be submitted at the time of application. If the applicant has not obtained passing scores on all three subtexts by the application deadline, the applicant may be allowed to enroll in one semester of coursework as a non-degree graduate student (with approval of the Dean of Graduate School). If passing scores are not obtained by the end of the first semester, the student will not be allowed to undertake further coursework until passing scores in all three areas are provided to the Graduate School Office. Secondary education candidates must present passing scores on the content area Praxis II exams at the time of application for admission to the M.Ed. (Initial Licensure) program.

As part of the application process, students must provide:

  • Valparaiso University Graduate Application and Initial Licensure Supplemental Application Form;
  • Official transcripts of all prior undergraduate and graduate coursework.  If you have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from Valparaiso University, you are not required to submit an official transcript from Valparaiso University;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • Essay relating graduate study to your professional goals clearly stating reasons for wanting to become a teacher. NOTE: This letter substitutes for the reflective essay required by the Office of Graduate School;
  • Application Fee: $30.

Applicants not meeting the standard admission criteria will be considered on an individual basis. Such applicants should provide evidence of their ability to meet VU's high academic standards as part of their personal essay.

Financial Considerations
Students may be surprised to discover the affordable tuition rate at Valparaiso University. Tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year is $560 per credit hour, highly competitive for a private institution of recognized national quality. 
Full-time graduate students pay a $183 general fee each fall and spring semester. Part-time graduate students pay a $100 general fee each fall and spring semester.  Financial aid is available through direct and indirect student loans for students taking 6 credits or more during fall and spring semesters. Students may transfer up to 6 credits of approved graduate coursework into the program.

For more information about the Master of Education in Initial Licensure program
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Interested students should request an information packet from the Office of Graduate School through our website or by e-mailing

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