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.
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:
- 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
- All courses will meet online
- Cohort model
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.
|DRE 500||Designing Classrooms for Culturally, Linguistically & Exception||3 Credits|
|DRE 501||Interdisciplinary Content Teaching in Inclusive Setting||3 Credits|
|DRE 601||Rotation 1 & Seminar: The Social Context of Education||3 Credits|
|EDC 501||Child Development||3 Credits|
|EDL 500||Phonics Assessment and Instruction||3 Credits|
|DRE 502||Engaging Families and Communities in Creating Partnerships||3 Credits|
|DRE 503||Inclusive Teaching Methods Part 1||3 Credits|
|DRE 504||Assessment Methods for the Inclusive Classroom||3 Credits|
|DRE 602||Rotation 2 & Seminar: Instruction and Assessment||3 Credits|
|EDL 501||Beginning & Intermediate Reading Instruction & Assessment||3 Credits|
|EDL 511||Emergent Literacy||3 Credits|
|EDL 512||Literature-based Reading Methods for Children||3 Credits|
|DRE 505||Assessment Methods for Identification and Intervention||3 Credits|
|DRE 506||Inclusive Teaching Methods Part 2||3 Credits|
|DRE 603||Internship I: Practice and Professionalism||3 Credits|
|DRE 604||Seminar for Internship I||3 Credits|
|DRE 605||Internship II: Teachers as Leaders||4 Credits|
|DRE 606||Seminar for Internship II||3 Credits|
|EDL 508||Applied Linguistics for Teachers||3 Credits|
|EDB 601||Research in Education and Human Services||3 Credits|
|EDB 604||Equity in Community and Classroom Settings||3 Credits|
|ETE 507 OR ETE 501||Instructional Technology OR Technology Strand||2 Credits|
|Comp Exam (register for EST 691 if no other course(s) being taken)||0 Credits|
|EST 698||Project||1-4 Credits|
|EST 699||Thesis||1-4 Credits|
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.
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.