Master of Education: Alternative Education

About the Program

The goal of the Alternative Education program is to prepare graduate students with the knowledge and skill base required to work with at-risk youth in non-traditional school settings. Teachers, social workers, counselors, and administrators in alternative settings, correctional settings, urban schools and regular education settings will find the Masters program to be an asset in their work and of value to the students they serve.  The program is designed to be completed in two years by taking two courses per semester including summers. The program may be completed earlier by taking additional courses beyond the two per semester, however, participants not completing within seven years may be required to repeat coursework.

Admission Process

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Online Application (Application)
    A $25.00 Non-Refundable Application Fee will be required.
  • Official Transcripts from Undergraduate Degree Granting Institution
    (LHU graduates do not need to request transcripts. Graduate Admissions will request transcripts upon receipt of completed applications for LHU graduates.)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Copy of Teaching Certificate (If Applicable)
    Teacher Certification is NOT a requirement for admission.
  • Writing Sample
    Review a pertinent scholarly journal article or report published in a recent professional journal. Include the problem or issue, the author's viewpoint and supporting ideas. Also include your professional opinion in the final paragraphs of the essay. Your essay should not exceed 300 words. (You must submit a copy of the full text of the article along with your essay.)


The Master of Education program in Alternative Education is fully accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 

The program is aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and can assist education professionals prepare for the National Board Certification if so desired. Aside from the certification process the program provides skill and knowledge sets indicative of an accomplished teacher.