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Master of Science in Elementary Education at WIU-Quad Cities

ELED Grad Program

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Elementary Education Graduate Program

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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 a leader in schools or programs.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degree program with a major in Elementary Education must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and be accepted by the School of Graduate Studies, with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75.

The graduate program in Elementary Education does not lead to teacher licensure and is designed for individuals who already have earned a teaching license. All candidates are required to teach children/students during the capstone course.

Students who do not meet the graduate school and department requirements for regular admission may be recommended for probationary admission.

Degree Requirements

The MSEd degree in Elementary Education requires a minimum of 30 semester hours (sh) of coursework. In addition to a capstone course, students will complete 9 sh in core requirements and 12 sh in an area of specialization. Six hours of electives complete the program.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program enhance their professional expertise and are eligible for leadership positions within their schools and districts. They may serve as lead or mentor teachers. Alumni also seek positions as curriculum consultants, learning strategists, and district coordinators. With a master’s degree, graduates may seek employment at the community college level.

Faculty Expertise

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. Our literacy faculty serves as authors and editors of the Illinois Reading Council Journal.

Assistantship Opportunities

Graduate assistantships are available for those pursuing an MSEd degree with a major in Elementary Education. This position offers the opportunity for graduate students to provide instructional, research, and clerical support for faculty. A graduate assistant completes at least 9 sh of coursework each semester and works with one or more faculty members for 20 hours each week. Graduate assistants do not pay tuition, and they receive a monthly stipend. Assistantships are awarded for a single year but may be renewed for one additional year. Positions are available on both the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.

Graduate Student

Featured Alums

"As an educator, I have always believed that learning never ends. After teaching for 20 years, I made the decision to further my education and pursue a master’s degree. Western offered a well-developed program, with a variety of schedule options. Whether I took a class online, on the Macomb campus, or at the QC campus, the quality of the curriculum was excellent. I met and worked with talented, knowledgeable professors who took an interest in my learning. What I learned in each class had a direct connection to what I was doing in my own classroom. Through my master’s program, I feel I am now a more confident and effective teacher."

 - Meredith Johnson

"I believe the grad program at WIU offered me exactly what I needed to become a more effective classroom teacher. 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. I was also able to easily work the classes and coursework into my busy schedule."

- Kathy Felt


The department offers programs accredited by the National Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (NCATE). The goals of the Elementary Education graduate program are aligned with the core propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Courses within the program are designed to reflect the tenets of the NCATE standards.

Contact Information

For admissions process and general program information, contact Admissions, Western Illinois University–Quad Cities, 3300 River Drive, Moline, IL 61265, (309) 762-1495, WIU-QC-Admissions@wiu.edu, wiu.edu/qc.

For specific program questions, contact Dr. Barry Witten, Graduate Coordinator, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455, (309) 298-1789, BL-Witten@wiu.edu,