Oct 22, 2019  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Arts in Elementary Education (ELED)

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Advisor: Ethan Lowenstein, Ph.D.
313 Porter

Description of Program

The Master of Arts in Elementary Education program is a 32 credit hour graduate program designed to provide educational leaders an in-depth professional development as it is directly linked to their developing content expertise in the teaching of at the elementary level to further investigate student motivation, problem-solving, critical thinking, effective instructional strategies, literacy, technology, standards-based curriculum, performance assessment strategies, diversity and special needs, differentiated classrooms, action research, culturally responsive classrooms, urban and diversity strategies. The portfolio-based program includes foundation courses, a specialized course in related educational issues, a specialization consisting of a minimum of three classes that reflect a thematic or other unified pattern, and a final seminar course designed to assist the student to develop their portfolio. No GRE is required for admittance.

NOTE: This program does not grant a teaching certificate.

Admission Requirements for All Teacher Education Masters Programs

  1. Meet the Graduate School admission requirements;

  2. Hold a 2.75 undergraduate GPA; Or a 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate work; Or a 3.3 GPA in 12 hours or more of work at the graduate level; Or a minimum of 50th percentile on the Graduate Record Examination writing;

  3. Furnish an analysis of professional goals written by the candidate. This analysis should include a description of how the chosen degree program will help meet the selected goals and how the candidate’s life experiences, accomplishments and interests will contribute to his or her success in the program;

  4. Request and have submitted two current (within the last two years) letters of recommendation that address the candidate’s professional commitment, experience and potential. The transcripts, analysis of goals and letters of recommendation should give evidence of potential for graduate-level scholarship;

  5. The following programs require a valid teaching certificate: Curriculum and Instruction. However, the MA in Urban and Diversity Education does NOT require a teaching certificate. Early Childhood, Reading

  6. For international students who do not intend to teach in the United States or students who have an established career in ECE pre-K, this requirement can be waived.

Note: All of the above materials will be taken into account in the admission process. Decisions will be made using an holistic assessment taking into account the goals, professional writing, prior experiences, and past academic performance including GPA.

Elective Courses: 7 hours

Seven hours selected in consultation with the graduate advisor.

Culminating Experience: 1 hr

Masters Focus Paper in addition to:

Program Total: 32 hours

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