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) (Student Learning Outcomes

For more information, contact:
Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Christine Liao

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.

Specialization Objectives

Upon completion of the graduate M.Ed., Elementary Education Specialization, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a depth and breadth of general knowledge in the field of Elementary Education.
  2. Demonstrate a well‐articulated knowledge of K‐6 communities.
  3. Demonstrate effective communication skills that can be utilized when interacting with
    colleagues, administrators, and families.
  4. Design, implement, and assess effective instruction, with particular emphasis on integrated
    curriculum and active learning strategies.
  5. Establish a classroom environment sensitive to the cultural and linguistic needs of all students.
  6. Use technology to enhance the academic achievement of elementary learners.
  7. Demonstrate effective leadership within the school environment.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the specialization in elementary education program are required to hold, or are qualified to hold, a North Carolina Class "A" teaching license in early childhood education and/or elementary education. Applicants seeking admission to the M.Ed. with specialization in Elementary Education graduate program are required to submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • An application for graduate admission
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university completed before graduate study begins.
  • Official copies of transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate)
  • GPA of "B" (3.0) or better recommended in undergraduate work
  • Three professional recommendations
  • 2-3 page typed letter of interest which includes a description of the applicant's professional goals, educational interests in pursuing graduate study, and philosophy of teaching.

Application and supplemental documents must be submitted by the published deadline

Admissions decisions are based upon several factors and where other indicators of success warrant, individuals who fall below the established criteria in one of the areas may be considered for admission.