Elementary Education

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Master of Arts in Education - Elementary Education

MAEd in Elementary EducationThe Master of Arts in Education - Elementary Education degree program allows completion of an advanced degree for individuals who presently hold an initial K-6 elementary teaching license. MAEd-ELEM students participate in advanced study of both content and pedagogical issues.

As emerging leaders in their schools and districts, students work closely with education faculty to design innovative research projects that contribute to the elementary education field. A nine-hour content area strand is selected from areas including courses in advanced methods, gifted education, library science, digital literacy/technology integration, and/or teaching English as a second language. This 36-semester hour program may be completed on a part-time or full-time basis. All courses are available online.

ELMID Graduate Handbook

Program Details

The College of Education accepts applications at all times so students can begin at almost any time during the year. The application due dates are as follows:

Desired Starting Semester

Application Deadline


June 1st


October 15th

Summer Session 1

March 15th

Summer Session 2

May 1st

Applicants must submit the following materials by the dates listed above to be considered for acceptance:

  • Complete online application
  • Statement of purpose meant to provide convincing evidence of one's suitability for graduate study and potential for success in one's chosen area
  • Copy of one's current initial teaching license (if in Sr II, include indication of when license will be received and submit it to the Graduate School immediately upon receipt)
  • 3 professional references (all submitted electronically via the Graduate School)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) OR Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores
  • Send official school transcript(s) from all institutions attended in the last five years to Graduate School
  • Contact Dr. Carol Greene for more information.
For a full listing of all of the names and descriptions of the courses within this program, please visit the Master of Art in Education section of the Graduate Catalog.

Note: Any student who does not take classes during a regular semester (fall/spring) must reapply to the Graduate school in order to reactivate his/her status as a graduate student and access to his/her ECU email account.

Other graduate programs are available in many disciplines.

Concentration Course List
Elementary education - 24 s.h.
  • ELEM 6000 - Action Research Planning in Elementary Education
  • ELEM 6001 - Action Research Implementation in Elementary Education
  • ELEM 6200 - Leading Curriculum Revision and Implementation
  • ELEM 6400 - Advanced Assessment and Teaching in the Elementary Grades
  • ELEM 6500 - Management and Problem-Solving in the Elementary School
    Choose 9 s.h. in an elementary content strand as follows:
      Academically Gifted:
      • SPED 6104 - Introduction to Gifted Education
      • SPED 6401 - Methods and Materials in Gifted Education
      • SPED 6402 - Differentiated Curriculum for the Gifted ( SPED 6403 IS A REQUIREMENT FOR ADD-ON LICENSURE IN GIFTED EDUCATION)
      Content Pedagogy:
      • ELEM 6406 - The Teaching of Social Studies in the Elementary Grades

      • ELEM 6412 - Emerging Literacy OR
      • ELEM 6488 - Advanced Language Arts in the Elementary School

      • MATE 6320 - Advanced Elementary Mathematics Methods OR
      • SCIE 6019 - Science in Elementary Education OR
      • READ 5316 - Applied Phonics OR
      • READ 6421 - Clinical Procedures in the Identification and Evaluation of Reading Disabilities
      Teacher Leadership in the Elementary School:
      • ELEM 6408 - Collaborating, Teaming, and Leading in the Elementary School LEED 6805
      • LEED 6830 - Teacher Leadership
      Early Childhood:
      • ELEM 6412 - Emerging Literacy
      • ELEM 6408 - Collaborating, Teaming, and Leading in the Elementary School
      • ELEM 6410 - Concepts and Principles of Early Childhood Education
      Teaching English as a Second Language:
      • TESL 6100 - Planning, Implementing and Managing ESL Instruction
      • TESL 6200 - Culture and Language in ESL Instruction
      • TESL 6300 - Assessment in ESL Instruction
      • TESL 6500 - Professionalism and Evidence-Based Accountability
        (Additional coursework or Praxis is needed for North Carolina add-on licensure in ESL)
              • ELEM 7000 - Thesis
                (May be repeated. May count 6 s.h. toward the degree. Can be substituted for 3 s.h. in one of the content strands.)