The Master of Education at Converse is a program where experienced teachers combine work in their academic specialty with advanced courses in professional education. In some cases, teachers (with the guidance of an academic adviser) design their course of study in order to add an area of certification to their existing credentials. While each M.Ed. program area has specified core requirements, there is considerable flexibility in this degree so that teachers may pursue special areas of interest.
The on-campus M.Ed. program is a 36 semester hour program of graduate study in appropriate professional and academic areas for teachers who are already certified. Courses are taught in the evenings and include tracks in:
We also offer online MEd programs in:
Programs are approved by the South Carolina State Department of Education and enjoy certification reciprocity with many other states. Learn more and review the academic requirements for each of the different programs:
For consideration of admission, the applicant should have the following credentials:
- Graduation from an accredited college
- For full, non-provisional admission, the applicant must have an overall cumulative 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale of college work. Students must have a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale of college work for MEd in Administration and Leadership.
- A major undergraduate program appropriate for given teaching areas
- Certification in some area of teaching (may be waived in certain cases)
- Praxis II, normally taken in the Specialty Area for certification in South Carolina
Degree candidates are allowed to transfer nine hours of appropriate graduate credit (if completed within five years prior to beginning the Converse program) to their course of study. Many local school districts offer Converse graduate credit for staff development courses, and a limited number of these may also be used as part of the degree requirements.
- A completed online application form, including $40 application fee.
- Two letters of recommendation (with at least one from an academic source). MEd in Administration and Supervision applicants must have three letters of recommendation.
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended
- *A personal statement
- Copy of teaching certificate
- Copy of Praxis II (or NTE) scores
*Converse College’s founder, Dexter Edgar Converse, held the ideal that Converse students “may be enabled to see clearly, decide wisely, and to act justly.” Please write a personal statement, approximately 250-300 words in length, on how your personal goals as an educator tie with the Converse concept of The “Ideal” Educator. In keeping with the Honor Tradition at Converse, your essay must be entirely your own work. Please be specific on how Converse can help you become the “Ideal” Educator, taking special care to organize your essay clearly and proofread your work. The personal statement should be submitted as a part of the application or emailed to the Office of Graduate Admission.
Deadlines for Completed Application and Materials
- July 15 (For Fall Admission)
- December 15 (For Spring Admission)
*Converse Graduate Admission admits applicants on a rolling basis upon review of completed materials
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Michel Stone ’99
Author, The Iguana Tree
Master of Education, Secondary Ed., English
“I developed close relationships with my instructors at Converse. They struck me as brilliant, passionate teachers who cared about me not only as a student but as a person. I wanted to emulate them. They stoked my intellectual curiosity and honed my desire to be a life-long learner. Today, years later, I remain close with several of those professors, and their influence touches every story I write.”