Graduate Education Program

Education Master’s Degree Program Overview

Enroll any time in the accredited online master’s in education degree program at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, and take classes year round to earn your graduate degree from a Catholic university in as little as one year. The integrated online curriculum features contemporary content-based course work, interdepartmental and interdisciplinary collaboration, and team teaching for relevant, practical training. With an in-depth, holistic vision of leadership in education rooted in the rich Catholic tradition, you will develop a solid foundation of knowledge and skills in curriculum design, human development, models of teaching, and educational theory.

The art of teaching and science of education

Grounded in ethical and educational principles of the Catholic faith, Franciscan University’s accredited online master’s in education degree program will help you grow personally, intellectually, interpersonally, and spiritually. As a master teacher and informed educator, you will be prepared to help achieve organizational goals, function in an online or traditional learning environment, and operate more effectively and efficiently with morals and values of the Catholic Church.

Explore More of the Education Master’s Degree Program

Here are just a few other ways Franciscan’s online master’s degree program in education stands out from the rest:

  • Financial aid and scholarships: The tuition rate for Franciscan’s accredited online education master’s program is highly competitive compared with degree programs at other Catholic and public universities in Ohio and across the country. Still, you may be able to get help paying for graduate school from the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Program concentrations: Focus your master’s in education degree with a specialized concentration in online learning or reading endorsement. The online learning concentration will help you become adept at the methods, strategies, and techniques behind teaching online courses to effectively engage with students using the latest in learning technology. The reading endorsement concentration combines a strong theoretical background in reading with instructional methods and materials to apply those principles in a classroom with young children at Catholic and public schools.
  • Applied learning: From internships to graduate research opportunities, you’ll have a variety of opportunities for hands-on experience within the area you are passionate about. For example, you can be paired with a practicing administrator in a clinical experience while being guided by former school administrators who serve in the faculty.
  • Experienced faculty: Online classes in the accredited education master’s degree program are designed and taught by the same instructors who bring their experience, dedication, and Catholic faith to the classrooms on Franciscan’s campus in Ohio. They have all worked as teachers, building-level administrators, or central office administrators and are experts in educational philosophy, curriculum, instruction, technology, supervision, and research.
What Can You Do With an Education Degree?

Graduates of Franciscan University’s online master’s in education degree program assume a variety of leadership roles in both Catholic and public schools in Ohio and across the country.

Potential Employers

  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Catholic Schools
  • Faith Based Organizations
  • Youth Organizations
  • Child Care Centers
  • Pre-Schools

Potential Job Titles

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • School Principal
  • Director of Special Education
  • Director of Curriculum
  • School Founder
  • Program Supervisor
Leadership In Education

The Master of Science in Educational Administration and Master of Science in Education share the same organizing theme: developing educators who possess leadership abilities and qualities.

The Core Area is common to both master’s degree programs. It is imperative that students are well grounded in philosophical foundations and research skills to be informed educators.

The Concentration Area exposes students to contemporary content-based coursework. The designated courses provide an in-depth view of all facets of education, expanding the student’s academic knowledge base, encouraging independent thought and aiding the development of professional growth. The courses in the concentration are vital to the development of teacher leaders who are to become effective change agents and share in the achievement of organizational goals.

Ultimately, the curriculum, preparing teachers as leaders, is designed to prepare the individual to grow intellectually and spiritually, to share in the achievement of organizational goals, to function more effectively within the classroom environment, and to operate effectively and efficiently regardless of the designated role within the organization.

Degree Programs and Licensures

Franciscan University of Steubenville offers a variety of post-baccalaureate and post graduate licensures in addition to its two graduate degrees in education:


  • Master of Science in Education
  • Master of Science in Educational Administration


  • Post-baccalaureate Initial Teaching Licensure

Graduate Programs Details

Both programs share the same organizing theme – developing educators who possess leadership abilities and qualities. With these skills, educational administrators and master teachers can anticipate, cope with, respond to, or initiate change effectively in the school system.

The MS in Education prepares educators to be master teachers and leaders by emphasizing curriculum, instruction, leadership, and the classroom environment. Through team teaching and interdepartmental and interdisciplinary collaboration, participants in the program strengthen their intellectual, interpersonal, and spiritual growth. Educators are encouraged to develop an educational philosophy and curriculum responsive to students’ changing needs.

The MS in Educational Administration prepares leaders by sharpening independent thought, knowledge in academic fields, and interpersonal, decision-making, and problem-solving skills.

Licensure Programs Details

Initial Teaching Licensure
It is possible to obtain an initial teaching license simultaneously with your Master’s degree coursework. Upon acceptance to the program, your advisor will evaluate your undergraduate transcripts to determine what courses are necessary to obtain your initial license. If a course is offered on both a graduate and undergraduate level, you must take the graduate level course. Many of these courses will also count toward your Master’s degree in Education.


  • Elementary Education (PK-5)
  • Intervention Specialist (K-12)

Additional license/endorsement – If you hold an existing teaching license, you will be able to add an additional teaching field and/or obtain a license/endorsement through the Graduate Education program. Your advisor will evaluate all graduate and undergraduate transcripts to determine the courses necessary for the additional license and/or endorsement.

Continuing Education – If you currently hold a teaching license, you may take the continuing education coursework necessary to renew your license through the Graduate Education program.

To talk it over, contact us in our Graduate Admissions Office at (740) 284-5249 or at

Program Philosophy

The basic philosophy of the Master of Science in Educational Administration is to impart to its students knowledge in academic fields, special skills in research and sharpened powers of independent thought. The program is designed to develop individuals who exercise leadership qualities to improve their effectiveness in education both personally and professionally, regardless of the area of emphasis, i.e. supervisor, elementary principal, secondary principal, assistant superintendent or superintendent.

The purposes and objectives of the Master of Science Program in Education are in keeping with Franciscan University of Steubenville’s mission as well as being responsive to the interests and needs of teachers. The faculty and administration who support the program leading to a Master of Science Degree in Educational Administration express compatibility of the program with the mission, goals and convictions of Franciscan University of Steubenville.

The graduate program, through its faculty, seeks to create and maintain the academic milieu for excellence in graduate work. Therefore, its influence and encouragement extend first to its own members and their scholarly activities. Educators completing the Franciscan University of Steubenville Master of Science in Educational Administration program are individuals who bring to their position knowledge in academic fields, special skills in research, sharpened powers of thought and leadership abilities and qualities that include lifelong learning skills, problem solving, appropriate decision-making, maturation, coping abilities, responsibility, interpersonal skills, and effective time management. Yet, while it gives them the resources, the guidance, and the inspiration of a scholarly staff in its classrooms, laboratories, and libraries, it expects the students themselves to bring marked initiative and energies to their work and to assume full responsibility for the progress of their studies.

In short, graduate work for the student at Franciscan University of Steubenville has for its purpose an integrated program of advanced study based on adequate undergraduate preparation in a specific field. It presupposes academic and personal maturity and makes more than an average demand upon the initiative, the industry, and the scholarship of the candidate for an advanced degree.

Men and women graduates of approved colleges or universities who hold the Bachelor’s Degree are eligible for admission. Applicants must have had adequate undergraduate preparation in their proposed fields of study and must show promise for pursuing higher studies satisfactorily.

Franciscan University of Steubenville accepts into its graduate program applicants who can present undergraduate records showing them capable of meeting the standards of graduate work. An applicant must hold a teacher’s certificate or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, unless specific exceptions are granted, i.e. individual departmental evaluations by the Director of Graduate Education, and must have attained an undergraduate quality point average of at least 2.5 of a possible 4.0.

To talk it over, contact us in our Graduate Admissions Office at (740) 284-5249 or at


MS in Education

The MS in Education requires 36 hours of coursework, which includes nine hours in philosophical studies, educational research, and a master’s project.

An additional concentration of 15 hours focus on curriculum, human development, computers, models of teaching, and school and society. The final 12 hours are electives, which may correspond to a student’s particular area of interest or may be diversified to broaden the student’s perspective of the educational system.

MS in Educational Administration

Completion of the MS in Educational Administration requires 36 hours of coursework and includes 15 hours in philosophical studies, research methodology, field experience, and a master’s project. Eighteen hours in school leadership courses round out the curriculum.

After completing the MS in Educational Administration, individuals may seek state licensure as a principal or administrative specialist by completing an additional 15 hours of coursework. Individuals may also obtain a superintendents license by completing 30 total hours beyond the initial 36 hours of MS Educational Administration requirements. State licensure requirements also include passage of state tests and experience working in an educational setting.

To talk it over, contact us in our Graduate Admissions Office at (740) 284-5249 or at

Oath of Fidelity
Pope with teachers
BOTTOM ROW: Dr. Megan Reister, assistant professor of education; Dr. Susan Poyo, associate professor of education; Prof. Rebecca Rook, instructor of education; Dr. Mary Kathryn McVey, Education Department chair; Dr. Tiffany Boury, associate professor of education; TOP: Dr. George Ash, associate professor of graduate education; Fr. Sean O. Sheridan, president, Franciscan University of Steubenville; Bishop Jeffrey Monforton, Diocese of Steubenville.

It was an historic moment when six members of Franciscan University’s Education Department stood before Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton of Steubenville at the 2018 Orientation Weekend Mass and one by one, placed their hands on the Book of the Gospels to declare, “In my words and in my actions, I shall always preserve communion with the Catholic Church.”

Since 1989, when the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith first required those directly connected with teaching Catholic doctrine to profess their adherence to the magisterium, the Oath of Fidelity and Profession of Faith have been publicly taken by Franciscan University theology faculty and pastoral personnel. Ever since, all new theology and pastoral ministers took the oath, and more recently, philosophy and sacred music professors have taken the oath as well.

Now, add to that list Franciscan’s undergraduate and graduate Education Department faculty.

Dr. Mary Kathryn McVey, chair of the Education Department, said that while the Education Department is one of Franciscan’s professional programs, and therefore, not directly connected with teaching Catholic doctrine on faith and morals as stipulated by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, its identity “is still in Christ and the Catholic Church.”

“With this oath, we affirm we have this Catholic and Christian worldview that flows through every aspect of our lives, including our teaching,” said Dr. Susan Poyo, associate professor of education. “It reminds us to look through a Catholic lens in every aspect of our teaching.”

For education professor Dr. Megan Reister, “The oath becomes a way to show we’re not keeping religion separate from creating our syllabi, our assignments, and how we model ourselves to students. It means our Catholic identity is integrated into everything we do as educators.”

McVey said the department spent a year in study and discernment leading up to the public profession, beginning with a summer retreat attended by all education faculty members. A task force was created to provide direction, speakers presented information on a range of pertinent topics, and the educators researched Church documents related to education and studied new ways to deepen Catholic identity more explicitly into the curriculum.

Finally, the Education Department voted unanimously to participate in the Oath of Fidelity, including non-Catholic faculty members who cannot take the oath.

“It was an inspirational moment watching my colleagues take the Oath of Fidelity,” said Dr. Mark Furda, director of Graduate Education Programs. “As a non-Catholic at Franciscan, the University has warmly welcomed me. In turn, I have embraced the university mission and have grown spiritually in my own faith. I have found that my values of focusing on truth and the whole person are congruent with those of Franciscan, and I strive to integrate these into my classes.”

Professor Rebecca Rook, who teaches math education, summed up the thoughts of several of her colleagues on the oath’s connection to the education program’s mission: “It’s important we educate the next generation of teachers so they can teach in light of the Gospel and are able to encourage the next generation to preserve the deposit of faith.”

Program Admissions

How to Apply for Admissions

Gaining admission to the MS in Education program is simple, and we are ready to help you navigate the process. Here are the things we need:

  • Application
  • Official Bachelor Transcript and Official Transcripts with Relevant Transfer Credit
  • Three Letters of Recommendation, using this form

Email them to

Or mail them to:

Graduate Admissions
1235 University Blvd.
Steubenville, Ohio 43952

Associated Costs

The costs associated with MS in Education program include:

  • $500 per credit hour x 36 hours = $18,000

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need help please contact Graduate Admissions at or (740) 284-5239

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Global Perspectives

As an accredited online degree program, Franciscan University’s master’s in education offers a Catholic faith-filled, enriching learning environment, with students from Ohio and across the country bringing their diverse passions, experiences, and perspectives to the online classroom.

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