The program for the Master of Education in Elementary Education builds on the most current body of knowledge of best practice and practical expertise (theory and practice) relevant to teaching grades K-6. The program is designed for candidates who have a baccalaureate teaching license or who will receive a teaching license before the end of the first term of graduate enrollment. The program requires comprehensive examinations and 36 hours (i.e., professional core, literacy or content-based instructional courses, and a capstone thesis, product of learning, or practicum experience).
Candidates may select from three concentrations of specialized study which include:
- Content Concentration – 18 hours of instruction courses in the content area of science, mathematics, social studies and language arts
- Literacy Concentration – 18 hours of coursework in reading and literacy instruction
- STEM Concentration – 18 hours of coursework in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
Admission Terms: Fall (August); Spring (January); Summer (June)
Applicants must have a four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college and an acceptable GPA (3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale). For applicants with teaching licenses in other areas, successful completion of the Praxis II exam in Elementary Education must be submitted to the School of Education by completion of the first 6 hours of graduate course work. An admission decision takes into consideration the applicant’s GPA, completed course work, professional work experience, personal and professional goals for the degree, as well as the information provided by references.
Required materials include:
- online application with a nonrefundable $50 application fee
- an official transcript showing an earned baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education K-6, and official transcripts from all other previously attended colleges (excluding High Point University). If you have attended High Point University you must include it on your application. The Norcross Graduate School will request that transcript for you once application is submitted.
- essay about interest in the program and goals for the degree
- three professional reference reports on form provided
- copy of current teaching license
Exceptions to any admission requirement may be considered under special circumstances.