The M.Ed. in Elementary Education is a 33 credit hour online program. The Programs of Study include 18 credit hours of required courses and 11-15 credit hours of courses from one of the concentrations. 

PHASE I. Developing Perspectives (9 hrs)
Candidates must complete requirements of Phase I before Phase II.

ELED 6200: Current Issues in Global and Urban Elementary Schools   (3)
Offered in Fall  | No prerequisites

Candidates demonstrate an understanding of global, civic, and urban issues that impact local teaching and learning ideals. The course is reading and writing intensive, as candidates are required to reflect on and analyze instruction for diverse learners using a variety of flexible and adaptable instructional methods appropriate for learning in a globalized educational context.


ELED 6201: Theories of Human Development and Learning in Cultural Contexts   (3) 
Offered in Spring  | No prerequisites

Requires candidates to critically analyze child, adolescent, and cognitive development to determine developmental needs in an effort to design relevant yet rigorous instruction. Candidates are also required to critically examine paradigms and theories of development, conceptual relationships between education and developmental paradigms, the concepts of learning and development, and the roles and responsibilities of school staff for meeting children's developmental and cultural needs.


ELED 6202: Classroom Management and Leadership for Diverse Learners  (3) 
Offered in Fall  | No prerequisites

Examination of theory, models, and best practices in classroom management, with focus on management of special populations of students. Emphasis on demonstrating best practices of classroom management models of instruction through professional development leadership.


Phase II: Collaborative Inquiry (6 hrs)
Candidates must complete requirements of Phase II before Phase III.

ELED 6203: Instructional Differentiation and Leadership for 21st Century Learners  (3)
Offered in Fall and Spring  | No prerequisites

Examination of models, approaches, and best practices for effective instructional differentiation for diverse learning needs of elementary school students.


RSCH 6101: Research Methods  (3)  
Offered in Fall, Spring and Summer  | No prerequisites

An orientation to designs and procedures utilized in educational research, emphasizing basic principles for conducting research, interpreting and evaluating published articles representative of educational problems and issues.


Phase III: Investigative Leadership
(3 hrs)
Complete all Phases I and II Requirements before Phase III.

ELED 6303: Teacher Inquiry and Data Analysis in the Elementary Classroom   (3)
Offered in Fall and Spring | No prerequisites

This is the capstone experience in the M.A.T. and M.Ed. programs and, thus, must be taken in the final semester of the program. The examination of data-driven instructional decision making and the use of research to improve student learning. Requires application of advanced content knowledge, instructional planning, and student assessment data in the creation of a capstone experience.


Concentrations (11-15 hrs) 
Concentrations can be taken any time throughout the program. (See tab on the left for more information)


Electives (3 hrs) 
An elective course may include any non-required course selected from a variety of graduate-level course offerings within the College of Education, designed to support concentration, additional research courses, and advanced knowledge in specific content. Advisor approval for elective courses must be granted via permit.