Master's of Education in Elementary Education
The M. Ed., Elementary Education specialization is designed as a 33‐hour intensive program for students who already hold a bachelor's degree and teacher certification. Successful completion of the Specialization will prepare candidates to take the Praxis II and/or expand their current knowledge of the field of Elementary Education at the graduate level. The target audience is certified elementary teachers who seek to enhance their theoretical and pedagogical knowledge of elementary education.(View the Program Information PDF)
The 33 semester hour program is comprised of the following three components:
- Professional Core – Explore topics in Research, Curriculum, Global Awareness and Diversity and
examine the implications for elementary level education.
- Advanced Study of Content – Extensive study of the theory and pedagogy in the areas of
Science, Math, Social Studies and Language Arts.
- Focus Area – Intensive exploration of one particular area of interest (Math, ESL and Elementary Education) that will lead to add‐on licensure in the areas of Math and ESL and to a deeper understanding of Elementary Education.
Upon completion of the graduate M.Ed., Elementary Education Specialization, the student should be able to:
- Demonstrate a depth and breadth of general knowledge in the field of Elementary Education.
- Demonstrate a well‐articulated knowledge of K‐6 communities.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills that can be utilized when interacting with
colleagues, administrators, and families.
- Design, implement, and assess effective instruction, with particular emphasis on integrated
curriculum and active learning strategies.
- Establish a classroom environment sensitive to the cultural and linguistic needs of all students.
- Use technology to enhance the academic achievement of elementary learners.
- Demonstrate effective leadership within the school environment.
- Bachelor's degree completed before graduate study begins
- Official copies of transcripts of college work (graduate and undergraduate). An undergraduate
grade average of "B" (GPA = 3.0) or better is recommended.
- Three recommendations by individuals in relevant professional fields.
- A letter of interest describing commitment to the teaching profession, prior experiences
working with elementary learners, prior experiences in schools, and philosophy of teaching and