M.Ed. in Elementary Education

The M.Ed. in Elementary Education is designed for practicing teachers seeking professional preparation leading to an advanced degree. Our goal is to develop candidates’ potential to become academic leaders through emphasis on action research, problem based learning, and self-inquiry.

Candidates complete an 18 credit professional core as well as a 12 credit emphasis strand of their choosing. Coursework reflects current best practices while supporting candidates’ active, reflective engagement in their own classrooms and schools.

Mission Statement

The mission of the M.Ed. in Elementary Education program is to provide opportunities for educators to extend and deepen their understanding of best practices for teaching and learning in today’s schools. We support graduate students’ professional growth both through coursework and site-based projects as they engage in problem-based learning and inquiry around topics of relevance to their field. By selecting an area of professional interest to study in depth, graduate students increase their potential to become academic leaders in their school, district or beyond.

Learming Outcomes

  • Students will develop and/or refine professional skills associated with effective teaching and learning in a variety of contexts
  • Students will examine and incorporate principles of change models in practical applications
  • Students will enhance their capacity to critique relevant research in the field, as well as conduct their own professional impact project(s)
  • Students will become increasingly knowledgeable in a specialized area of study
  • Students will have the opportunity to develop and benefit from collegial relationships with peers and other professionals

Application Requirements

Graduate admissions application materials are available from the Dean’s Office, Feinstein School of Education and Human Development (107 Horace Mann).  Requirements are:

  1. Teacher certification
  2. Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate)
  3. Official test scores (GRE/MAT)
  4. Undergraduate GPA 3.0/4.0 scale (or other evidence of academic potential)
  5. Three reference forms and three letters of recommendation
  6. Professional goals essay
  7. Performance based evaluation
  8. Minimum one year teaching experience (preferred)
  9. Application packet and non-refundable $50.00 application fee

Program Coordinator

Carolyn Obel-Omia
Assistant Professor
Horace Mann
(401) 456-8016

Course No. Course Title Credits

Foundations Component

ELED 512Theoretical Perspectives on How Students Learn3
ELED 513Designing and Assessing Teaching and Learning3
ELED 514Educational Change3
ELED 664Seminar in Education3
FNED 547Introduction to Classroom Research3
INST 516Integrating Technology Into Instruction3

Choose strand A, B, C, or D below:

A. Literacy

Course No. Course Title Credits
READ 501Reading in the Content Areas3
ELED 508Language Arts in the Elementary School3
READ 534Developmental Reading3
ELED 558Teaching and Learning Writing3

Total Credit Hours


B. Mathematics Education

Course No. Course Title Credits
ELED 504Mathematics in the Elementary School3
ELED 506Elementary Mathematics: Geometry, Measurement, Data, Statistics3
ELED 619Elementary Mathematics Assessment and Remediation Clinic6

Total Credit Hours


C. Learning Diversity

Course No. Course Title Credits
TESL 507Teaching Reading and Writing to English-as-a-Second-Language Students (*)3
SPED 551Urban Multicultural Special Education3
TESL 539Language Acquisition and Learning3
* This course can be take in place of ELED 507

Total Credit Hours


D. Individualized

Course No. Course Title Credits
To be determined by candidate, advisor, and M.Ed. committee.

Total Credit Hours


Page last updated: April 1, 2015