Elementary Education

 

Master of Education or Master of Science | Elementary Education

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

NC State’s master’s program in elementary education has an emphasis on either elementary mathematics education or elementary science education. The program is designed for those who hold a current teaching license and is offered through a cohort model, in which students start the program at the same time and progress together through the courses. This cohort model supports the development of a strong professional community among participants.

The program develops teacher-leaders who possess strong specialized content knowledge including a deep understanding of how elementary students learn and can apply such knowledge and understanding to their leadership and instructional practices. Offered off campus at school sites in the Raleigh region,  the program is considered Distance Education (DE), but it is not online. Most courses are taught through face-to-face instruction with professors that are experts in their fields and who bring experience teaching elementary school students using theoretical and research-based methods for student learning and engagement. 

There are two options for completion. The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program in Elementary Education requires 30 credit hours and the Master of Science (M.S.) option requires 33 credit hours.  M.S. students are required to complete three additional hours of master’s thesis preparation beyond the M.Ed. requirements and need to secure an advisor in advance to supervise their thesis work and research.

Mathematics specialist cohorts initiate each summer in even years; in addition to their master’s degree, students graduating from this program earn a mathematics specialist add-on designation to their K-6 North Carolina teaching license. The science-focused cohorts initiate each summer in odd years, prepare teachers to become leaders in elementary science, and will earn a science specialist add-on designation to their K-6 North Carolina teaching license. Graduates from the program report that the master’s experience invigorated their teaching experience and increased their effectiveness as practitioners. Many recent graduates have also furthered their careers through attaining positions as coaches or content specialists.

This program may lead to Professional Licensure.

Eligibility

Applicants must submit:

  • 500-800 word personal goals statement that showcases your background, teaching experience and goals for seeking an advanced degree.
  • Copy of your current teaching certificate: must be uploaded with personal statement.
  • Transcripts of all post-secondary education showing 3.0 GPA as required by the Graduate School.
  • Three letters of recommendation that assess your work ethic and potential as a graduate student. These letters must be included with the online reference form.

Cost

The Master of Education degree requires 30 credits. At 2018-19 tuition rates, the cost of the required courses is $453 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,261 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the 30-credit program is $13,590 for North Carolina residents and $37,830 for non-residents. The Master of Science program, which requires 33 credit hours, is charged at the same rates. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details. 

Math Cohort

ELM 520 - Methods of Teaching Elementary School Science

Units: 3

This course is intended for teachers seeking to expand their knowledge and skills in teaching elementary school science. The course examines the purposes, scope, sequences, materials, and methodologies for teaching science in elementary schools to a diverse student body. It develops skill in planning, instructing, and assessing understanding of science content and processes. It links instruction and assessment and addresses relevant content topics in chemistry, biology, physics, and earth and space science.

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Summer Term 2

ELM 530 - Social Studies In the Elementary School

Units: 3

Advanced professional training in teaching of social studies for middle grades and elementary teachers, including in-depth introduction to research-based teaching strategies, instructional resources and literature of the field.

ELM 533 - Targeted Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Elementary School

Units: 3

Intended for teachers seeking to expand their knowledge and skills in assessing and teaching elementary reading, particularly to students with reading difficulties. Exploring the purposes, sequences, and materials for identifying students' instructional strengths and learn methods for providing appropriate evidence-based reading instruction. Closely links reading assessment and reading instruction and addresses relevant content topics in elementary reading development, assessment, and instruction.

Offered in Spring Only

ELM 555 - Number Systems and Operations: K-5 Mathematical Tasks

Units: 3

Analysis and construction of effective mathematical tasks in teaching number systems and operations at the K-5 level; attention is also given to the expansion of content knowledge.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Summer Term 1

ELM 556 - Rational Numbers and Operations: K-5 Learning Trajectories

Units: 3

Focus on rational number concepts through learning trajectories at the K-5 level; attention also given to problem solving and content knowledge.

Offered in Spring Only

ELM 557 - Data Analysis and Measurement: K-5 Classroom Interactions

Units: 3

Focus on statistical literacy of elementary teachers and the teaching of data analysis and measurement to K-5 students; attention is also given to learning methods which facilitate appropriate classroom interactions.

Offered in Summer

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2019 Fall Term

ELM 558 - Algebraic Reasoning: K-5 Discourse and Questioning

Units: 3

Focus on the early algebra concepts of functional thinking and generalized arithmetic in relationship to pedagogical practices centered on questioning in the mathematics classroom.

Offered in Summer

ELM 559 - Geometry and Spatial Visualization: K-5 Assessment

Units: 3

Formative and summative assessment strategies of students' geometric thinking in elementary grades; Concept development of 2- and 3-dimensional Geometry. Attention also given to diagnosis of student errors.

Offered in Summer

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2019 Summer Term 1

ELM 560 - Mathematical Modeling: K-5 Leadership

Units: 3

Generating mathematical representations and making explicit connections between concepts; Pedagogy designed to equip elementary teachers to become mathematics teacher-leaders in school settings; Focus given to topics integrated within mathematical strands.

Offered in Summer

ELM 654 - Internship In Elementary Education

Units: 1 - 6

Supervised opportunities for advanced professional development in contexts concerned with elementary grades education.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Fall Term

For more information see 5 Questions on the Elementary Education Math Specialist Masters Program.

Science Cohort

ELM 520 - Methods of Teaching Elementary School Science

Units: 3

This course is intended for teachers seeking to expand their knowledge and skills in teaching elementary school science. The course examines the purposes, scope, sequences, materials, and methodologies for teaching science in elementary schools to a diverse student body. It develops skill in planning, instructing, and assessing understanding of science content and processes. It links instruction and assessment and addresses relevant content topics in chemistry, biology, physics, and earth and space science.

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Summer Term 2

ELM 530 - Social Studies In the Elementary School

Units: 3

Advanced professional training in teaching of social studies for middle grades and elementary teachers, including in-depth introduction to research-based teaching strategies, instructional resources and literature of the field.

ELM 539 - Special Problems in Elementary School Science

Units: 3

In this course teachers build their science content knowledge in life, physical, and Earth/space science, examine strategies for effective science instruction to provide students with 21st Century skills with applications to young children's cognitive and affective learning.

Offered in Spring Only

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ELM 654 - Internship In Elementary Education

Units: 1 - 6

Supervised opportunities for advanced professional development in contexts concerned with elementary grades education.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Fall Term

ECI 541 - Reading In the Content Areas

Units: 3

Methods in instruction for applying reading to content areas, with emphasis on means of improving comprehension, vocabulary and learning strategies in subject matter classrooms.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Summer Term 1 2019 Fall Term

ELM 510 - Mathematics (and science connections) - 3 credits

ELM 524 - Issues in Elementary School Science Education - 3 credits

BSC - Life Science- 3 credits

PHY - Physical Science- 3 credits

MEAS - Earth Science- 3 credits

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallJuly 15
SpringNovember 15
Summer 1March 15
Summer 2March 15

Dr. Sarah J. Carrier

Associate Professor

College of Education

2310 Stinson Dr.

Campus Box 7801

919.513.2808
sjcarrie@ncsu.edu