After admission to the Master of Education program, an individualized program of study will be developed by the student and advisor. The program of choice will be communicated to the Office of the Registrar so that each student can monitor course needs and registration in Workday.

Individuals are required to enroll in courses at the 5000 level or above. No continuing education credits will be counted toward a master’s degree.

The graduate program will accept no more than 12 transfer credits earned at Carthage within the past five years prior to the filing of a program of study.

In addition, all M.Ed. programs (e.g., Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction) require students to maintain a 3.0 GPA for graduation eligibility.


An application form must be completed before completing 12 credits of graduate-level work at Carthage.


Within 30 days of acceptance into the program, students must meet with their assigned advisor. The candidate and the advisor will work to secure a graduate committee.


The Director of the Graduate Program works with each student to select an advisor. With the assistance of the advisor, students select two additional people to serve on the graduate committee. The committee includes the student’s academic advisor, an individual from the student’s area of concentration, and an individual from the Education Department.

The Graduate Committee performs four functions: approves the student’s proposal for a capstone experience; reviews and approves the thesis or project; and participates in the defense at the conclusion of the program.


Students are expected to take an active role in selecting their faculty advisors. We encourage students to learn about their faculty and to indicate their interest in working with specific applications. Faculty advisors maintain a close mentoring relationship with students and help them develop individualized plans based upon their unique requests. The student must request the services of the committee members in person to ensure availability.

Add-on licenses must attach to one’s initial or primary license. The primary license dictates which grade levels you are eligible to teach.

Cost: $250 per credit for add-on license

Out-of-State or non-DPI licenses

If students hold degrees from out-of-state or from non-DPI approved programs and are seeking add-on licensure, their transcripts will be evaluated to ensure they meet DPI PI 34 statutory preparation requirements in the areas of cooperative marketing and consumer cooperatives for licenses in agriculture, economics, and social studies, environmental education, including the conservation of natural resources, for licenses in early childhood regular education, elementary and middle school regular education, science, and social studies. If any requirements are missing, students will be directed to their local CESA offices to sign up for necessary remediation. Evidence of remediation will be submitted to the Director of the Master of Education Program to be included in the student’s file.

Carthage offers the following add-on license options