Master of Arts Degree Programs

The degree programs are offered as two majors: the Teaching major is for those seeking initial teaching licensure and the Education major is for those who already have a teaching license and want to add to their knowledge and skills.  A second Master of Arts degree can be awarded for a second major or concentration.

Major in Teaching*

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Middle Childhood Education
  • Adolescent to Young Adult Education
  • Special Education
  • Multi-age Education (Art or Music)

Major in Education*

  • Reading Science
  • Special Education

*A Master of Arts (MA) degree in Teaching or Education is awarded when all the requirements for the degree have been fulfilled. Students pursuing a Dyslexia Certificate at the same time as the Master of Arts degree may have an additional semester of coursework to complete the certificate. In this instance, the MA degree is awarded prior to the awarding of the Dyslexia Certificate. The certificate will be awarded when all requirements have been fulfilled.


Endorsements may be added to a current Ohio teaching license or earned concurrently with an initial license. An endorsement is issued after a student has successfully completed an approved endorsement program, passed the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) examination required by the Ohio Department of Education, and has the recommendation of the School of Education which is an approved institution.

Gifted Intervention Specialist Endorsement (K-12) – This endorsement is designed to prepare teachers to work with specific gifted and talented populations and to serve in district leadership around gifted and talented students.

Pre-Kindergarten Special Needs Endorsement (Ages 3-5) - This endorsement is designed for K-12 intervention specialists and K-3 early childhood teachers.  It allows these educators to work with pre-K special needs students and meet a critical shortage in Ohio and the nation.

Reading Endorsement - This endorsement is designed to help educators teach reading according to best practice. It provides an in-depth knowledge base related to theories, practice and technology in the field of reading education.

Teacher Leader Endorsement – This endorsement enables teachers to extend their professional opportunities in the field of education.  It focuses on teacher leadership as a way to serve the school community in its efforts to improve outcomes for K-12 students.


Dyslexia Certificate – This certificate provides an in-depth knowledge base related to the field of reading and language development, assessment, instruction, and individual differences. This program provides the knowledge and practices that are needed to teach reading to dyslexic students, other struggling readers and/or the general student population.

Full Time Accelerated Master’s Degree Program

The full time programs prepare adults to enter the teaching profession through an intense and accelerated learning format. The Mount's full time programs can help you reach your goal of becoming a teacher in approximately 15 months. The Mount offers two such accelerated programs for those interested in changing careers to become a teacher.

Early Childhood Education – A 15 month master’s degree and apprenticeship program in partnership with Cincinnati Public Schools that prepares students with the education and skills needed to become a teacher in preschool through fifth grade. Successful graduates earn the Master of Arts degree with a concentration in Early Childhood and Ohio licensure in Early Childhood Education.

Special Education - A 15 month master’s degree and apprenticeship program that prepares students with the education and skills needed to become an intervention specialist. Successful graduates earn the Master of Arts degree with a concentration in  special education. The program has two tracks: a track for those seeking initial licensure as a K-12 intervention specialist and, a 2nd license track for licensed Ohio educators. Students may be employed while they earn their degree.