Graduate Programs in Education

Develop your staff, develop yourself. Carroll University offers multiple options for teaching professionals seeking post-graduate course work in varying disciplines, including master degrees, certificates and licenses, and professional development classes. Whether you're planning to commit to a full master's program, or simply want to gain an edge, Carroll University has course offerings for you!

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Degrees and Programs

Learn about our degrees and programs.

Master of Education

The Carroll University Master of Education program offers several unique formats for earning your degree, including traditional Master of Education programs, as well as flexible certificate programs that can be applied to a M.Ed. degree. Master degree programs are available in Curriculum and Instruction and Adult, Community and Professional Education.

Master of Science in Educational Leadership

The Carroll University Master of Science in Educational Leadership program prepares exemplary educators, who can model as well as motivate success, to be effective administrators in PK-12 schools. The program contains project-based and performance-based learning opportunities, and includes the requirements for licensure for Director of Instruction and Principal. The Graduate Program in Education requires the completion of research related to the course of study. Candidates who hold a master degree may choose to seek certification only.

Director of Special Education and Pupil Services Licensure

Education needs leaders who understand and advocate for policies and programs that create positive learning environments for all students. We’ll help you become that leader. Our Director of Special Education and Pupil Services Licensure program provides instructional leaders with the knowledge and skills to transform educational systems to meet the educational needs of all learners.

Master of Arts in Teaching

The Carroll University Master of Arts in Teaching provides an accelerated path to dual licensure in general and special education (grades 1-8) as well as a master's degree in just 17 months. Courses in the accelerated program meet on the weekend once a month, making it easy for working professionals to fit the program in while maintaining a career or personal commitments.

Certificates and Additional Licensure

Concentration programs in Literacy, Elementary Mathematics, Teacher Leader, Advanced Studies in Personalized Learning, adult learning and civic and community engagement earn certificates and licenses. Programs can be applied towards achieving a master of education degree. These are perfect for the individual high-level post-graduate credentials without the upfront commitment to gain a master degree through a traditional program.

Professional Development

Carroll University's Professional Development programs in education offer courses focused on high need or interest. Extend your pedagogical knowledge in relation to learners and learning, teaching, curriculum and assessment, equity, technology and more.

Virtual Information Sessions

Join us online for Q&A sessions with faculty and admission counselors! Whether you an educator looking for additional credentials or you are interested in becoming a teacher, these sessions are for you. We will review our programs content, outcomes and format among other topics.

These meetings will be held using Microsoft Teams, which can be accessed via Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome web browsers, or the Microsoft Teams app.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Carroll University Master of Education program must have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4 GPA scale to be considered for acceptance to the program. Applicants to the educational leadership program must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4 GPA scale. In order to be eligible for licensure after program completion, candidates must have 3 years of teaching experience in K-12 settings. Those applying to the #316 Reading Teacher program must have 2 years of successful teaching experience to apply for licensure after program completion. Admission decisions are made when a file is complete. Applicants may take no more than nine credits as a non-degree student, without formal acceptance into the graduate program.

Domestic applicants

Domestic applicants to the Graduate Program in Education should complete the following:

  1. Application (no fee)
  2. Official transcript, verifying completion of any undergraduate degree and/or certification program as well as grade point average, from an accredited college or university.
  3. Official transcript from any graduate courses completed within the past seven years and/or those verifying degree completion. No more than nine credits may be considered for transfer into the Graduate Program in Education. Course descriptions and syllabi are required to evaluate coursework. Graduate credits for some emphasis areas may not be considered for transfer into the program.
  4. Professional résumé

Students will be notified of their acceptance decision after all required documents are received. Transfer credits will be reviewed upon receipt of official graduate transcripts, course descriptions and syllabi. This may occur after an official acceptance decision has been made.

International applicants

International applicants to the Graduate Program in Education should complete the following:

  1. Application (no fee)
  2. Official transcript evaluation, verifying completion of US equivalent undergraduate degree and grade point average. We recommend you use a service like Educational Credit Evaluators, Inc. or World Education Services.
  3. Official transcripts from any additional undergraduate or graduate work completed in the US.
  4. Official proof of English Language Skills (550 minimum paper-based TOEFL, 79 minimum Internet-based TOEFL, 6.0 minimum IELTS; all scores must be completed within the past 2 years.) Applicants who are citizens of or who have received a bachelor's degree from one of the following countries are exempt from the English proficiency requirement: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States and Wales.
  5. Professional résumé
  6. Financial statement and immigration documents (provided to our Office of International Education, after an acceptance review is completed.
  7. Copy of your passport page.

International students will be notified of their acceptance decision as soon as steps 1-5 are complete.

Students applying for financial aid should file the FAFSA at as soon after January 1 as possible. Students must be degree-seeking and register for a minimum of five credits to be eligible to apply for financial aid. Financial aid eligibility will be determined after the student aid report has been received by Carroll University.

Students will be asked to submit a confirmation deposit to confirm their attendance in the Graduate Program in Education at Carroll University, once they have been officially admitted.

Qualified students are admitted to graduate studies regardless of race, color, creed, sex age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin or disability that does not interfere with the performance of professional practice.

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Meet the Faculty

RoseAnn Donovan

RoseAnn Donovan

Assistant Professor of Education
Kimberly Hofkamp

Kimberly Hofkamp

Assistant Professor, Certifying Officer and Director of Clinical Experience
Andrew Hurie

Andrew Hurie

Lecturer of Bilingual/Bicultural Education
Dr. Kathrine Kramer

Dr. Kathrine Kramer

Assistant Professor of Education/Director of Graduate Education Studies
Dr. Kerry Kretchmar

Dr. Kerry Kretchmar

Associate Professor of Education
Dr. Colleen Pennell

Dr. Colleen Pennell

Assistant Professor of Literacy / Elementary Reading
Dr. Rachel Stickles

Dr. Rachel Stickles

Senior Lecturer in Education
Dr. Amy Toson

Dr. Amy Toson

Assistant Professor of Special Education
Dr. Kimberly White

Dr. Kimberly White

Associate Professor of Education and Chair of the Department of Education

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