Master of Education in Elementary Education

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Reveal career opportunities and improve as a leader with the Master of Education in Elementary Education from Faulkner University Online. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), our advanced degree program allows you to pursue a valuable academic credential with the flexibility you need. This faith-based program can expand on your skillset as well as your values, giving you all that you need to provide for today’s young people.

What Can You Do with a Master’s in Elementary Education?

A Master of Education in Elementary Education is the perfect way for current teachers to enhance their skills and marketability or redirect their specialty towards elementary aged students. In addition to classroom work, a higher degree in education opens up doors across the field, from writing curricula and textbooks to becoming a principal. For those who have no teaching experience, but currently work in an elementary school or another related field, this degree is the perfect way to gain a relevant background and prepare for state licensure.

Program Objectives

Our Master in Education program allows you to learn the skills and values that will enhance your career. Our curriculum combines professional courses with teaching field courses for a well-rounded curriculum. As a result, you become a more efficient, effective educator, with enhanced abilities to lead elementary classrooms and design school curricula.

Program Design

All classes in this program are available online, so maintaining your current schedule while pursuing this degree is easy. Courses are eight weeks long. For an expedited program, multiple courses can be completed every eight weeks for five terms. There are regularly scheduled classes in the fall, spring, and summer, so the program is continuous throughout the year and can be started at any point. The comprehensive program exit assessment is also offered in an online format, making finishing the program simple, as well.

Program Requirements

Candidates must meet all admission requirements for entry into the graduate program. To complete the program, there will be 33 credit hours required above the bachelor’s degree. No coursework used toward the completion of any other degree or certification area may count toward the Elementary Education advanced degree. Each candidate must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and not receive a grade below a “C” in any course, as documented on an official transcript. Candidates must also pass a comprehensive exit assessment prior to graduation. If a survey of special education course was not taken in pursuit of a previous degree, one will be required in addition to the courses listed below.

Professional Courses: 15 credit hours

FED 6301 Philosophy, Ethics, and Character Building

The course looks at the American education system from historical, sociological, and philosophical points of view. It emphasizes the study of problems in schools and society requiring educational adjustments.

FED 6320 Curriculum, Design, Assessment, and Evaluations

This course focuses on traditional and nontraditional methods of evaluation, emphasizing building assessments through curriculum planning, setting instructional objectives, test construction, and analysis of scores.

FED 6350 Technology of Learning

This course focuses on the current and emerging uses of technology in the classroom. It is based on the different teaching and learning styles of the learners. Students will become proficient in using software selections for remediation and teaching lessons using multimedia-authoring tools.

FED 6380 Educational Research

This course provides an overview of the effects of research on human development, learning, and pedagogical knowledge and skills. The topics covered include current trends and issues in education, data collection, assessment of data, and the application of research in the classroom.

PY 6340 Educational Psychology and Exceptionalities

This course provides an overview of current learning theory and its relation to classroom practice. It also covers the nature and needs of exceptional children, with techniques for adapting classroom instruction to the needs of the individual child.

Teaching Field Courses: 18 credit hours

EED 6326 Reading Skills and Comprehension

This course is focused on evaluating student needs in the field of reading, formal and informal reading assessment instruments, and required reading skills for content areas. It is based on current trends and techniques.

EED 6332 Teaching Elementary Language Arts

This course is designed to increase the knowledge of experienced teachers in language arts at the elementary level.

EED 6336 Elementary Pedagogy for Social Studies

This course involves a critical study of current trends in elementary social studies, focusing on instructional modes and relating coursework back to the learners’ own social environment.

EED 6341 Teaching of Elementary Mathematics

This course is based on the current research regarding the methods and materials of teaching elementary school math. It focuses on the theory related to the development of mathematical skills and concepts.

EED 6368 Teaching of Elementary Science

This course covers the methods and materials for teaching elementary level science.

EED 6390 Directed Study

This course is designed to expose students to topics in the field of education that are not covered in other courses. It includes current issues in education, teaching resources, and finding employment in education.

Other advisor-approved courses are also available.

Total: 33 credit hours

Admission Requirements

Prospective students enrolling in the Master of Education in Elementary Education program must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Completed Application.
  • A bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from a regionally accredited institution. You must provide transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • A copy of a valid and renewable Alabama teaching certificate in Elementary Education
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.75
  • Acceptable score on a graduate admission exam of 370 or above on the MAT or 280 or above on the GRE, which cannot be more than five years old. Exam results must be forwarded directly to Faulkner from the testing service.
  • Three letters of recommendation with specific comments regarding the applicant’s academic work, professional experience and ability to successfully complete graduate study. The letters are usually from the applicant’s faculty members or supervisory personnel.
  • A letter of intent specifying the applicant’s interest in the program plus the applicant’s academic and professional background in preparation for graduate study (250 words).

Concerning Elementary Education:

Must have earned at least 12 semester hours of acceptable credit, as verified on official transcripts, in each of the following areas: English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies or earned the current passing score on the prescribed Praxis II subject assessment of the Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program.

Program Licensure

It is the responsibility of the potential student, student, or graduate to verify specific credentials related to a job requiring certification in Alabama or elsewhere before enrolling in this program.

To Apply

  1. Submit a completed online application.
  2. Complete and print the Official Transcript Request  form and submit it to all previously attended schools with the appropriate fee.
  3. Send all additional items via mail to:

Faulkner University
Attn: Graduate Enrollment
5345 Atlanta Hwy
Montgomery, AL 36109

Tuition and Fees

2018-2019 Financial Information

Tuition $530 per semester hour
Eagle I Initiative Fee $100 per semester ($50 if 3 hours or less)
Registration Fee $120 per semester ($60 if 3 hours or less)
Online Course Fee $55 per semester hour
Emergency Response Fee $10 per semester, if at least one course is on campus
Applicable Course Fees see full tuition and fee schedule

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