Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum & Instruction with a specialization in Elementary Education


The Master of Education (MEd) degree in Curriculum & Instruction provides certified teachers with advanced coursework to pursue a specialization in elementary education. The program extends teachers’ knowledge beyond initial teacher preparation and/or alternative teacher preparation by focusing on advanced coursework in foundations, philosophies, research, content disciplines, pedagogical methods, and materials. Once enrolled, students have five years to complete all degree requirements.

Program Structure

The MEd in Elementary Education is designed for the professional development of teachers seeking a master’s degree. The program accommodates both full-time and part-time graduate students. Most courses are offered annually. Students complete a minimum of 12 hours in the areas of curriculum studies, research, technology, and humanistic and behavioral studies. Students complete an additional 12 hours in Elementary Education, and 6 - 12 hours of electives. The number of electives required is dependent on whether the individual student selects the thesis, research project, or comprehensive examination option. The 36 credit-hour requirement may be met in one of three ways:

  • 30 hours of coursework and a thesis carrying 6 credit hours;
  • 33 hours of coursework and a research project carrying 3 credit hours; or
  • 36 hours of coursework and a written comprehensive examination.

At least one half of the minimum required credit must be at or above the 7000 level and at least 21 credit hours must be taken within the School of Education. 

Required Coursework

EDCI 7824 Elementary School Curriculum (3)

ELRC 4006 Introduction to Applied Statistics in Educational Settings (3)
ELRC 4249 Understanding and Applying Research in Education (3)
ELRC 7902  Analysis of Research on Teaching (3)
or approved equivalent

ELRC 4507 Computer Technology in Education (3 )

EDCI 4800 Teaching in the Multicultural Classroom (3)

Students will meet with the major advisor to identify courses in a  area of
specialization (early childhood, literacy, math, reading, science, social studies, or special education).

Electives may include courses outside the School of Education. Electives are approved by the major advisor.

(6-12 hours required)






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