Sep 30, 2023
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Carol McNulty
The 33-credit-hour program leading to the Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) with specialization in Elementary Education provides advanced professional study for individuals who hold, or are qualified to hold, a North Carolina Class “A” teaching license in early childhood education and/or elementary education. This specialization enables candidates to 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 and become stronger teachers.
Upon completion of the graduate M.Ed., with specialization in Elementary Education, the candidate should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a depth and breadth of general knowledge in the field of Elementary Education.
2. Skillfully articulate knowledge of K‐6 learning communities.
3. Demonstrate effective communication skills that can be utilized when interacting with
students, colleagues, administrators, and families.
4. Design, implement, and assess effective instruction, with particular emphasis on integrated
curriculum, inquiry and active learning strategies.
5. Utilize assessment/evaluation to inform teaching and enhance learning.
6. Establish a classroom environment sensitive to the cultural and linguistic needs of all students.
7. Use technology to enhance the academic achievement of elementary students.
8. Demonstrate effective leadership within the school environment.
9. Demonstrate ability to use reflection, problem solving and critical thinking in the teaching and learning process.
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 that 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.
The 33-credit-hour program leading to the Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) with specialization in elementary education provides advanced professional study for individuals who hold, or are qualified to hold, a North Carolina Class “A” teaching license in early childhood education and/or elementary education.
• Professional Core – Enhance knowledge and expertise in areas of research, curriculum, and diversity.
• Advanced Study of Content – Focused study of theory and pedagogy in the areas of Science, Math, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Arts Integration.
• Electives – Intensive exploration of a particular area of interest (e.g., Critical Literacy, Informal Science, Technology and New Media Pedagogy) that leads to a deeper understanding of contemporary topics in elementary education.
Degree Requirements (33 total credit hours)
Professional Core (6 credit hours)
Advanced Methods Courses (15 credit hours)
Electives (12 credit hours)
Choose 12 credit hours from any EDN/EDL 500-599 course as approved by advisor.
Culminating project and defense.