Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

How many hours are required in the MAEd program?

Students take 18 required core semester hours and 12 elective semester hours for an Instructional Leadership Concentration
OR 18 required core semester hours and 23 elective semester hours for an Intervention Specialist Concentration

How long does it take to complete the program?

On average it takes 18-24 months, although it depends on the number of transfer hours the student has and the course load taken each semester.

How many hours will transfer in?

A student can transfer up to six semester hours as long as the transfer work meets established criteria.

Does this program lead to teacher licensure?

The Instructional Leadership concentration does not lead to licensure. The Intervention Specialist concentration leads to an Intervention Specialist: Mild to Moderate Educational needs (K-12) license, which could be independent or accompanied with the master s program. These programs are approved by the Ohio Department of Education.

Is it possible to take classes just for license renewal or professional development without being in the complete program?

Yes, a student may take up to nine semester hours as a special status student. If, at that time, the student wishes to enter the program, he or she may do so and the prior courses may count toward the degree.

How often do classes meet?

During the fall and spring semesters, most courses meet one night per week at Bluffton for 7-8 weeks. Students typically enroll in one course per 7-8 week session. If students enroll in both sessions each semester, students can complete up to 12 semester hours during the fall and spring semesters. There are two summer sessions and a total of six semester hours per session may be taken.

What are application requirements?

Applicants need to fill out an application form and return it with a $25 application fee (waived for Bluffton undergraduates), two letters of recommendation, responses to three essay questions, a copy of teaching license(s) and/or evidence of teaching experience, and official transcripts of prior undergraduate and graduate work.

How do I obtain an application for admission?

If you have not attended an information meeting with a representative of the Office of Adult & Graduate Education you may schedule one by calling 419-358-3897 or by e-mail:

 What is the tuition fee?

The tuition for the 2010-11 academic year is $415 per semester hour.

How does Bluffton University s tuition fee compare to other area institutions?

We are confident you will find Bluffton s rates comparable to other similar graduate programs in NW Ohio.

Is there financial aid available?

Yes, students in the Bluffton University Graduate Programs in Education are eligible to apply for the Federal Student Loan Program (Federal Stafford Loan).

Are there additional requirements for Ohio Department of Education credentials?


  • For the Intervention Specialist License, passing scores for 0353-Education of Exceptional Students (Content Knowledge) and the Principles of Learning and Teaching (Choose one from: 0521-Early Childhood, 0522-K-6, 0523-5-9, or 0524-7-12)
  •  A BCI&I criminal history background check for both BCI and FBI resulting in No Criminal History and a $60 check payable to:  Treasurer, State of Ohio, is required to add to an existing credential.
  • A completed application packet
  • Verification of liability insurance