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Dual Resident Education (The DREAM)

Lead the future of education

Classroom Ready Teachers Who Can Serve All Students

DREAM is a Master’s program degree that results in two initial licensures (P-5, Early Childhood Intervention Specialist), a TESOL endorsement, and a Master’s degree.

DREAM prepares teachers with knowledge, skills and experience to teach elementary (P-5), special education and second language learning students. DREAM graduates will be classroom-ready teachers who have met all program and state standards for P-5, Early Childhood Intervention Specialist, and TESOL professional credentialing, and will stand out as exemplary teachers.

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Teacher between desks of students
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Time to Complete

6 semesters

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22 courses totaling 66 credit hours

Get Prepared to Lead

Dual Resident Education Program blends theory and practice, integrates academic and clinical instruction at the onset of the dual licensure program, combines pedagogical and content education, and employs a faculty consisting of both practitioners and professors each accorded equal status. Dual Resident Education Program unifies Early Childhood Education (ECE), Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (ECIS), and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) curricula.

Program highlights include:

  • Online
  • Leads to three credentials (p-5, early childhood interventionist and ESL endorsement) and a Master’s degree
  • Cohort model taught by scholar–practitioners who are experts in their fields
  • Increased field hours from your first semester
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Learning Methodology

  • All courses will meet online
  • Cohort model

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for the Dual Resident Education Program (The DREAM Program).

  • Apply for admission to Cleveland State University.
  • One official copy of transcripts from bachelor's degree
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
    • If GPA is lower than 3.0, students can complete twelve or more Cleveland State graduate credit hours with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or above, including EDB 601 with a B- grade or better, OR 
    • Score at the 50th percentile on the MAT or on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GRE


Please note some courses will require synchronous (Zoom) sessions. Check the course schedule in Campusnet for details. 

Rotation One

DRE 500Designing Classrooms for Culturally, Linguistically & Exception3 Credits
DRE 501Interdisciplinary Content Teaching in Inclusive Setting3 Credits
DRE 601Rotation 1 & Seminar: The Social Context of Education3 Credits
EDC 501Child Development3 Credits
EDL 500Phonics Assessment and Instruction3 Credits

Rotation Two

DRE 502Engaging Families and Communities in Creating Partnerships3 Credits
DRE 503Inclusive Teaching Methods Part 13 Credits
DRE 504Assessment Methods for the Inclusive Classroom3 Credits
DRE 602Rotation 2 & Seminar: Instruction and Assessment3 Credits


EDL 501Beginning & Intermediate Reading Instruction & Assessment3 Credits
EDL 511Emergent Literacy3 Credits
EDL 512Literature-based Reading Methods for Children3 Credits

Internships One

DRE 505Assessment Methods for Identification and Intervention3 Credits
DRE 506Inclusive Teaching Methods Part 23 Credits
DRE 603Internship I: Practice and Professionalism3 Credits
DRE 604Seminar for Internship I3 Credits

Internships Two

DRE 605Internship II: Teachers as Leaders4 Credits
DRE 606Seminar for Internship II3 Credits
EDL 508Applied Linguistics for Teachers3 Credits

College Core

EDB 601Research in Education and Human Services3 Credits
EDB 604Equity in Community and Classroom Settings3 Credits
ETE 507 OR ETE 501Instructional Technology OR Technology Strand2 Credits

Exit Requirements

 Comp Exam (register for EST 691 if no other course(s) being taken)0 Credits
EST 698Project1-4 Credits
EST 699Thesis1-4 Credits
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Teacher working with student

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and financial aid for CSU programs are kept competitive so you can receive the education you deserve. Tuition for online programs and courses follows the same fee structure as traditional, on-campus programs and courses. Current CSU Graduate tuition costs can be found on the Bursar’s website.

Approximately 70% of CSU’s students receive some form of financial assistance. The University participates in or administers all the major federal and state grant and loan programs. In addition, CSU provides University grants and scholarships.

To begin the financial aid process, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must file a FAFSA every year after January 1st to receive your financial aid. Cleveland State University’s financial aid school code is 003032.

If you have any questions, visit the Financial Aid section of CSU’s website, or contact the Financial Aid office.



DREAM employs a faculty consisting of both practitioners and professors each accorded equal status. Our dedicated and caring faculty provide you with the most up-to-date experiences and knowledge to make sure you’re prepared to take on the challenges you’ll face.

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CSU trees blooming

Student Success Coaching

At CSU, you will be paired with a Student Success Coach to support you on your journey from acceptance into a program to graduation. Coaches help with:

  • Time management
  • Study strategies
  • Focus techniques
  • Work-life balance
  • Academic support resources
  • Navigating University policies and procedures
  • Resolving issues and locating the right resources

Student Success Coaches will reach out to you for a welcome call early in your program. Coaches can help you create an academic success plan with strategies and goals that will help you be successful. Student Success Coaches are available to you throughout your program. Student Success Coaches do not replace academic advisors or other counselors, but rather work as a team with them to provide you with all the right resources.

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Career Outcomes

Graduates can serve as P-5 classroom teachers, ESL teachers or intervention specialists, or any combination of the 3 roles. Note that the ESL endorsement is K-12.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is DREAM?

DREAM is a Master’s program degree that results in:

  • Two initial licensures (Primary Pk-5 and Early Childhood Intervention Specialist)
  • A TESOL endorsement
  • A Master’s Degree

How long is the program?

DREAM takes two years and has a total of 66 credits.

Who are the instructors?

Courses are taught by professionals currently working in local schools, as well as CSU faculty.

Is financial support available?

Yes. Apply for TEACH Grants – up to $4,000 per year: https://www.csuohio.edu/financial-aid/teacher-education-assistance-for-college-and-higher-education-grant-teach. Also, check with your school district about additional possible financial support.

Can I work while taking DREAM courses?

Yes. Courses are online, providing flexible scheduling. Candidates currently working in public school settings may request partial credit for field experience requirement (rotation & internship). This will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

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