School of Graduate Studies

Welcome to the School of Graduate Studies

The School of Graduate Studies builds on Chowan University’s strength in undergraduate education. For over 170 years, Chowan University students have excelled in a broad variety of academic disciplines and career fields. The School of Graduate Studies maintains this emphasis on academic excellence, service, and commitment to Christian higher education.

Small classes, individual attention, and a faculty dedicated to teaching define the Chowan University academic experience. Graduate students will discover a challenging, academic environment of learning, mentoring, and professional growth.

Chowan University facilities are available to all graduate students, including the Whitaker Library, the computer labs, and the Jenkins Wellness Center. Graduate students also are encouraged to be active participants in student life by attending musical performances, plays, art shows, and athletic events.

Applications for admission are evaluated on a rolling basis throughout the year. Early submission of the application for admission and all supporting materials will increase the likelihood of being selected for admission.

Master of Education

Earn a Master of Education (MEd) degree and advanced licensure in a program designed to meet the needs of working teachers.

The majority of the coursework will be held in the evening on Chowan University’s main campus in Murfreesboro, located just off Highways 158, 258, 11, & 13.

Each MEd graduate student is assigned to a faculty advisor, who works closely with students as the student advances through the program. Advisors and other faculty will guide students as they conduct their action-based research projects and develop their graduate portfolios.

The MEd admissions policy is designed to select outstanding students who have demonstrated both academic competence and teaching ability. Each application is considered in light of all completed academic work, undergraduate grade point average, letters of recommendation, and a statement of educational and professional goals.


The Teacher Education Program at Chowan University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 

Apply for Admission

To apply to the School of Graduate Studies, applicants must:

  • Submit your Application for Admission into the School of Graduate Studies. 
  • Pay the $50 non-refundable application fee. If you are paying with a check, the check must be made to Chowan University. You may also pay your application fee online by clicking here.
  • Request your official High School Transcripts.
  • Request your official college transcripts from all undergraduate and any graduate institutions be sent to Chowan University. 
  • Submit three letters of recommendation pertaining to your teaching experience.
  • Submit a typed, two-page maximum, personal statement describing your rationale for pursuing a career as an educator, along with your description of the personal qualities, achievements, and activities that will contribute to your success as an educator.
  • Send a copy of your current teacher license or provide proof that you qualify to hold a teaching license.

In addition to the above requirements, International students must also submit:

  • A satisfactory TOEFL score, unless English is the student’s native language or the language of instruction.
  • Transcripts, certificates, and/or diplomas from any institution outside the United States. These must first be submitted to World Education Services (WES) for evaluation before being mailed to the School of Graduate Studies. Application for WES evaluations may be found at
  • A Statement of Financial Responsibility, along with a letter from student’s or sponsor’s bank showing the amount necessary to cover one year of graduate study.
  • All application materials should be in place at least 90 days in advance of the beginning of the semester.

The Admissions Committee for the School of Graduate Studies will notify you of an admissions decision by mail after your admissions file is complete.

MEd Degree Requirements

The MEd program is specifically designed as a cohort program to be completed within 5 semesters. The degree requires 30 hours, with students completing 6 hours of coursework each semester.

EDUC 501 Action Research 
EDUC 505 Diversity in Education

EDUC 510 Advanced Curriculum and Instruction 
EDUC 515 Instructional Technologies 

EDUC 520 Integrating Language Arts and Social Studies 
EDUC 521 Integrating Mathematics and Science 

EDUC 502 Analysis and Assessment of Student Learning 
EDUC 530 Twenty-first Century Literacies 

EDUC 540 Leadership and Collaboration
DUC 541 Graduate Product of Learning 


Faculty and Staff

Ella Benson, EdD
Dean of the School of Education and Professor of Education
John Dilustro, PhD
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies
Crystal Powell
Assistant Director of Graduate Admission
Teresa Santis, PhD
Assistant Professor of Education