Curriculum and Instruction


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The Master of Science in Education in Elementary Education combines the rigor of an outstanding academic program, the personal attention of departmental faculty, and the convenience of online coursework. Graduates of the program enhance their professional expertise and are poised to assume leadership roles within their schools and districts.


A Program to Meet Your Needs

Two specializations within the elementary education graduate program can be completed online: elementary curriculum and literacy education.  While a common core of coursework is required in both programs, each specialization addresses different areas of the elementary and middle school curriculum.

            The elementary curriculum specialization develops  knowledge, skills, and instructional competencies in each of the major subject areas of the elementary curriculum (literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies).

            The literacy education area of specialization develops knowledge, skills and instructional competencies in reading, literature, and language arts.

This online program does not utilize a cohort model; you are not locked into a specific sequence of coursework to remain in the program.

There are no prerequisites in the program, except for the coursework that must be completed prior to enrolling in the capstone course.

You will complete a capstone project that addresses student learning in your classroom.

No campus attendance or residency is required.

Courses are taught by full-time faculty who are available to provide individual assistance.

*Please note that this program does not lead to certification in elementary education or an endorsement in reading, language arts, or any other content area.


Transform Your Teaching and Student Learning

This program is designed to increase your ability to:

            Understand and accommodate the wide range of student diversity in today’s classrooms

            Implement research based teaching strategies

            Use varied approaches to differentiate instruction

            Use knowledge of the content you teach to strengthen instruction

            Implement varied and useful assessments

            Use a range of assessment data to guide instruction and enhance student learning

            Document your effects on student learning


Admission Requirements

  •  Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education regional institutional accrediting agency
  • U.S. teaching certificate
  • Cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 (based on all hours attempted at all institutions attended) for undergraduate work or a 3.0 or higher for the last two years of undergraduate coursework
  • Graduate application