Graduate Studies

Elementary Education

“The program offered me practical strategies to implement directly in my classroom as well as timely and effective discussions and research on the topics of interest to today’s practicing educator.” – Kathy Felt

Areas of Specialization

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Literacy Education
  • Elementary Curriculum

Program Overview

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers coursework leading to a Master of Science in Education with a major in Elementary Education. The degree program enables candidates to acquire in-depth knowledge in an area of specialization, enhance their understanding of student diversity, apply theory and research to the classroom setting, and develop the ability to serve as leaders in schools or programs. Candidates complete projects with students in many of the courses and conduct an action research project in the capstone experience to demonstrate their ability to implement a new instructional approach that leads to greater student learning.

Possible Careers

This master’s degree is designed for individuals with a teaching certificate who wish to enhance their teaching effectiveness. Graduates serve as leaders in their building and district. This degree does not lead to initial certification in elementary education.

Why Choose Elementary Education at WIU?

The M.S. Ed. degree in Elementary Education combines the rigor of an outstanding academic program with individualized assistance from departmental faculty. Courses in the program focus on developing candidates’ skills in meeting the needs of each learner in the classroom and enhancing their ability to positively impact student learning. Areas of specialization in the program include Early Childhood Education, Literacy Education, and Elementary Curriculum. Courses are offered in a variety of formats, including online, one evening a week, and a six Saturday format. Those pursuing the Literacy Education or Elementary Curriculum specialization can complete the entire program online. Online courses are also available in the other areas of specialization. Western Illinois University is an NCATE institution and regionally accredited.

Our Faculty

The faculty members in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction have a strong interest in helping teachers enhance their effectiveness and their ability to promote student learning. All faculty have practical experience in public schools. Professors in the department have a doctorate in their field. Faculty are actively involved in a variety of professional organizations; provide continuing education workshops for teachers; and publish books and articles in state, national, and international journals. Literacy faculty members serve as authors and editors of the Illinois Reading Council Journal.

Extracurricular Activities

Candidates are encouraged to become involved in local, state, and national professional organizations.

Other Information

For additional information about the Curriculum and Instruction programs, please visit www.wiu.edu/coehs/curriculum_and_instruction/

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  • Degrees Available:
    • M.S.Ed.
  • Locations:
    • Quad Cities
    • Macomb
  • Required GPA:
    • Cumulative: 2.75 or
    • Last 2 years: 3.0
  • Admission Requirements:
    • Transcripts
    • Teaching License
  • Interesting Facts: Fall 2013
    • Currently enrolled: 73
    • International: 0
    • Minority: 4
    • Male: 8
    • Female: 65
    • Students with Assistantships: 1
  • Department Contact Information

Horrabin Hall 69
309/598-1961
BL-Witten@wiu.edu

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