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    Education, Master Apprenticeship Program Master Apprenticeship Program + Initial Teacher Licensure

    Take an accelerated route to teaching at the master's level.

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    Ready to take the next step? Apply online and receive a decision within two weeks.


    Are you ready to make a professional pivot to educate the next generation? The Master Apprenticeship Program (MAP) is an intensive one-year program that immerses you in the classroom during the school year and allows you to take your foundational methods courses in the summer. At the conclusion of the year, you graduate with a Master of Arts degree and are eligible for state licensure.

    Our instructors and mentor teachers are certified, experienced, and highly qualified master teachers who provide you with a unique educational experience (the master teacher working with the apprentice). Our goal is to help you to achieve your dream of making a difference in the lives of children.

    Structure and Format

    MAP begins with a 10-week summer session on the Ursuline campus during which you’ll take foundational courses in education, diversity, human development, and curriculum.

    What sets the MAP program apart from other programs is the entire school year spent on site in local schools.

    The apprenticeship portion of the program consists of placement in one or more classrooms where you’ll work with your mentor teacher and students throughout the academic year. During both fall and spring semesters, you’ll be on site in your assigned school for 3 ½ days a week, and taking classes on the Ursuline campus Wednesday afternoons and all day Thursday. Toward the end of spring semester, you’ll complete a four-week individual student-teaching assignment.

    A typical residency/internship day begins by arriving at the placement school at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. In general, you should plan to be at school 30 minutes before the beginning of the day and to remain at least 30 minutes after school is over. Longer hours may be necessary to accomplish planning, student conferences, parent conferences, staff meetings or other professional responsibilities.

    New Part-time Option

    Prefer to keep working while you participate in the MAP program? Ursuline now offers a part-time option where students take classes over a two year span, followed by a semester of student teaching. To learn more contact

    MAP Accreditation

    The Education programs at Ursuline College are accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The programs are also approved by the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

    The Master Apprenticeship Program (MAP), an initial teacher licensure program, begins in the summer and is completed in one year. CAEP accreditation indicates that MAP successfully prepares new teachers to know their subject area, effectively serve diverse groups of students, have meaningful pre-service experiences, and use data to drive targeted program improvement.

    Licensure Areas

    • Primary Education (PK through Grade 5)
    • Middle Childhood Education (Grades 4 through 9)
      Choose two from the following:
      • Integrated Language Arts
      • Integrated Social Studies
      • Integrated Mathematics
      • Life Science
    • Adolescence to Young Adult Education (Grades 7 through 12)
      Choose one from the following:
      • Integrated Language Arts
      • Integrated Social Studies
      • Integrated Mathematics
      • Life Science
    • Special Education -- Intervention Specialist - Mild/Moderate Educational Needs (Grades K through 12)
    • Multi-Age Visual Arts (Grades K through 12)

    Cleveland Urban Teaching Residency

    The Cleveland Urban Teacher Residency Placement (CUTR) is an innovative partnership between Ursuline College and Breakthrough Schools, a network of high performing, urban, public charter schools. This apprenticeship–based program of study is for individuals with a deep commitment to urban teaching. The Master Apprenticeship Program (MAP) allows you to take your foundational methods courses in the summer and immerses you in the classroom during the school year. At the conclusion of the year, students will graduate with a Master of Arts in Education and are eligible for state licensure. Learn more about the Urban Teaching Residency.

    Bridge Program: Master Apprenticeship Program + Initial Teacher Licensure

    MAP is a master's program for those who have earned a bachelor's degree already. If you're starting at the undergraduate level, our 4+1 Education program bridges into MAP seamlessly.

    Careers: Master Apprenticeship Program + Initial Teacher Licensure

    The teaching profession remains a rewarding, worthwhile and respected career. In today’s changing world, opportunities exist for teachers who are well prepared, flexible and adaptable. There is a demand for teachers in the far Midwest, West, and South, as well as opportunities closer to home. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that kindergarten and elementary employment will grow by 7% between 2016 and 2026, and middle school and high school employment is expected to grow by 8% between 2016 and 2026. Our graduates secure jobs in public, parochial, private and charter institutions.

    Our MAP students have been placed in a variety of schools in the greater Cleveland area, including:

    • Agnon School
    • Bedford City Schools
    • Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools
    • Cleveland Heights Schools
    • Cleveland Metropolitan Schools
    • Gilmour Academy
    • Hathaway Brown School
    • Hudson City Schools
    • Kenston Local Schools
    • Lakewood City Schools
    • Laurel School
    • Maple Heights City Schools
    • Mayfield City Schools
    • Mentor Public Schools
    • Richmond Heights Local Schools
    • Shaker Heights Schools
    • Solon City Schools
    • South Euclid/Lyndhurst City Schools
    • University School
    • Warner Girls Leadership Academy
    • West Geauga Local Schools

    Admission Requirements: Master Apprenticeship Program + Initial Teacher Licensure

    Students applying for admission must meet the general requirements for graduate admission and the specific requirements of the MAP program noted below:

    • Demonstrate a 3.0 GPA in the chosen content specific area.
    • Complete all content area prerequisites to their course of study and pass the content-specific Ohio Assessments for Educators Exam before they are eligible for an Ohio teaching license.

    College transcripts are evaluated to ensure that pre-program licensure requirements are met. If candidates have not completed prerequisites when their transcripts are audited for admission, all prerequisite coursework must be completed with a B or better.

    Click here for the Audit Sheets for each licensure area.

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