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The Master of Arts program in Elementary Education includes thirty-three semester hours in five blended cohort classes, including 3 semester hours of capstone development. Each candidate shall present a final capstone of an action research project during the final class. Knowing, understanding and practicing core teaching standards requires that candidates must know and understand current expectations of teaching standards and exhibit them in class activities. This program builds upon the most current body of knowledge of best practice and practical expertise (theory and practice) relevant to teaching in K-6. In order to obtain graduate-level licensure, students must hold initial licensure in Elementary Education.



Graduates of the Master of Arts in Elementary Education program are encouraged to be self-reflective, lifelong learners who design, implement, and evaluate elementary school curriculum and instruction; interpret and apply current research findings; and conduct relevant classroom research.



The Master of Arts in Elementary Education is designed to meet the following program goals:


  1. Provide a study of the theoretical base, research, and exemplary practices of current trends and issues in elementary education.
  2. Provide preparation necessary to meet the intellectual, social, physical, and personal development needs of the K-6 learner.
  3. Provide opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills needed to meet diverse needs of students in inclusive classroom settings.
  4. Provide opportunities to utilize current technologies and to integrate technology in the classroom.
  5. Provide advanced expertise in teaching communication skills across the curriculum.
  6. Provide opportunities to develop teachers as leaders who are agents of change in the schools, in the local community, and in the global community.
  7. Provide opportunities to develop and refine leadership styles and skills through a process of active engagement in learning, self-reflection, planning, collaboration, reflective teaching, and development of interpersonal and motivational skills.
  8. Provide a learning environment which fosters respect and ethical principles in teacher/student and colleague relationships.



EDUC 631 Curriculum Foundations for Development of 21st Century

Teacher Leaders (6 hrs)

EDUC 697 (1 hr capstone)

EDUC 632 Measurement, Assessment, and Action Research for

Teacher Leaders (6 hrs.)

EDUC 633 Special Topics for Elementary Teacher Leaders (6 hrs.)

EDUC 697 (1 hr. capstone)

EDUC 634 Strategies for Teaching All Students in the 21st Century (6 hrs.)

EDUC 635 Diagnostic Assessment Procedures for Teaching Literacy (6 hrs.)

EDUC 697 (1 hr. capstone)


EDUC 699 (1 hr. capstone continuation)


Degree Program

  1. Each course in the Elementary Education program includes assignments that lead to the final capstone project. One semester hour will be added to the first, third, and fifth cohort courses leading to the final capstone presentation in the last class. Action research will be utilized by the candidate in developing the capstone project.
  2. The capstone requirements will be outlined in the one hour classes and students will begin the process during the first class. The rubric utilized to evaluate the capstone includes teacher knowledge and leadership, respectful educational environment, content and curriculum expertise, student learning, and reflection.
  3. The final capstone will be presented during the final course in the cohort to education faculty and graduate students. The candidate’s faculty committee will determine his/her worthiness to be awarded the Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.
  4. If capstone is not successfully defended by the end of the program requirements, candidate will continue to take EDUC 699 (1 hour credit) until all requirements are met.


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