Elementary Education

Master of Education

The Master of Education Degree in Elementary Education is designed for in-service teachers with initial elementary certification. The program will increase the teachers' knowledge and competencies in developing curriculum and instructional methods. Emphasis is placed on the improvement of the teachers leadership abilities. Teachers with an undergraduate major in elementary education seeking an M.Ed. in Elementary Education must meet specific program course requirements and fulfill one of the following options:

  1. Complete 30 semester hours of graduate work selected from the distribution of courses listed in the Graduate Bulletin and submit an acceptable thesis to the graduate faculty. Six semester hours of credit are awarded for the thesis and are included in the total of 30 semester hours.

    OR

  2. Complete 30 semester hours of graduate work selected from the distribution of courses listed in the Graduate Bulletin.

    ELU 569 - Current Topics in Education

    and

    ELU 571- Applications of Special Topics in Education are required as the two final courses and are included in the 30 semester hours. This option will culminate in a comprehensive project. 

A maximum of two (2) 400 level courses may be included toward the fulfillment of the requirements for the degree. 

A maximum of nine (9) transfer credits may be included toward the fulfillment of the requirements for the degree. Students must follow guidelines as written in the Graduate Bulletin. 

  • Admissions Requirements and Deadlines
    • Application
    • Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities
    • Teaching Certification
    • Three letters of recommendation

    Deadlines

    Fall semester: August 1st

    Spring semester: December 1st

    Summer sessions: May 1st

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Teacher Certification Programs

    All initial teacher certification programs use the ten InTASC standards (required by CAEP accreditation) as their Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). The ten InTASC standards are organized in 4 domains (The Learner and Learning, Content Knowledge, Instructional Practice, and Professional Responsibility).

    1. Learner Development - The teacher candidate will understand how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.
    2. Learning Differences - The teacher candidate will be able to use understandings of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.
    3. Learning Environments - The teacher candidate will be able to work with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
    4. Content Knowledge - The teacher candidate will be able to understand the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.
    5. Application of Content - The teacher candidate will be able to understand how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.
    6. Assessment - The teacher candidate will be able to understand and use multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher candidate's and learner's decision making.
    7. Planning for Instruction - The teacher candidate will be able to plan instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.
    8. Instructional Strategies - The teacher candidate will be able to understand and use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
    9. Professional Learning and Ethical Practice - The teacher candidate will be able to engage in ongoing professional learning and use evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.
    10. Leadership and Collaboration - The teacher candidate will be able to seek appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

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