Frequently Asked Questions

A student may receive Federal Direct Loans if enrolled in a required teacher certification/licensure program. To qualify, the program must be required for initial PK-12 teacher licensure or renewal in the State of Ohio.

For more information regarding financial aid please refer to the Office of Financial Aid.

Licensure through the Educational Leadership programs meet specific State of Ohio licensing requirements. Out-of-state graduates will need to check with their state’s Department of Education to see if this program will meet the needs to fulfill the requirements for similar certificates/endorsements.

Courses taken at another institution or at BGSU in another program will count if the courses are the same or equivalent to courses required for the degree and/or licensure and are approved by the Program Coordinator and Licensing Officer in the Educational Leadership program.

If the courses are for the Master's program, they must have been taken within the last five years. BGSU will take no more than 9 hours of post baccalaureate courses and are subject to approval by the program and Graduate College. 

If the courses are for licensure, a majority of the licensure courses must be taken at BGSU.

No, if you already have a Master’s degree, you can pursue licensure without pursuing a degree. You can do this as a guest student (Graduate Non-Degree).

That said, while some of the course work from your earned master's may count toward administrative licensure requirements, there will be enough educational administration course work remaining that pursuing another degree is something you should consider.  

If you already have a Master's degree in something other than Educational Administration, then you should consider applying for the Specialist's Degree in Educational Leadership (Ed.S.).

Two plans are offered for the Master of Education degree in Educational Administration.

Plan I is a 30-hour program culminating with a thesis. Plan I necessitates the completion of 18-21 hours in the major area (EDL), six semester hours of coursework in statistics and educational research, and at least three credit hours of thesis research (EDL 6990).

Plan II is a 33-semester hour program culminating with a comprehensive examination. Plan II necessitates the completion of 24 semester hours in the major area (EDL), six semester hours of coursework in statistics and educational research, and three additional hours in Foundations. A written comprehensive exam is required for this option.

The GRE requirement is waived if the applicant's undergraduate degree GPA is 3.0 or higher.

The Ed.S. Degree is a post-Master’s degree program, and courses taken as part of a Master’s degree do not qualify.

They could, but they would have to meet the degree and licensure requirements and be approved by the program coordinator and licensure officer. Keep in mind that you have 6 years to complete the Ed.S. degree, and the “clock” starts with the date of the first course on your Ed.S. Degree program.

The GRE requirement is waived if the Ed.S. candidate’s undergraduate GPA is 2.75 or higher and graduate GPA is 3.00 or higher.

Updated: 08/09/2023 09:21AM