Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum & Instruction with a specialization in Elementary Education
The School of Education offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Curriculum & Instruction which 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 that targets foundations, philosophies, research, content disciplines, pedagogical methods, and materials. Once enrolled, students have five years to complete all requirements for the degree.
The Master of Education (MEd) degree in Curriculum & Instruction with a Specialization in Elementary Education is a 36 hour program beyond the baccalaureate degree which includes the following required courses: EDCI 7824 – Elementary School Curriculum (3 hours), EDCI 4800 – Teaching in the Multicultural Classroom (3 hours), ELRC 4507 – Computer Technology in Education (3 hours), and 3 hours of research.
Beyond required coursework, a total of 12 hours of coursework must be taken in an area of specialization (early childhood, literacy, math, reading, science, social studies, or special education), as well as 6-12 hours of electives.
The number of electives, 6-12 hours, depends on whether a student decides to: 1) respond to comprehensive exam questions, 2) complete a final culminating research project, or 3) compose a thesis on a topic related to their area of specialization.
Students should meet with their advisor upon acceptance into the degree program to plan a course of study.
Area of Specialization
Students enrolled in the MEd degree in Curriculum & Instruction with a specialization in elementary education includes a total of 12 hours of coursework in an area of specialization. Areas of specialization include:
- early childhood
- social studies
- special education