Elementary Education, Master of Education
- Available Emphasis Areas:
- Continuing Professional - Emphasis
- Multiage - Emphasis
- Elementary National Board Preparation - Emphasis
- Reading K-8 - Emphasis
- Positive Behavior Support - Emphasis
If you’re craving interaction with fellow teachers and mentors in Elementary Education, consider taking coursework for continuing professionals. In the master’s program, you’ll advance your skills in K-8 education and emerge with the promise that you’ll be even more adept at shaping the character and future of all the children in your classroom.
Here, you’ll focus on curriculum design and development, teaching methods, and application of strategies in your classroom that will help you reach all your students. Please note that this degree program does not lead to state certification in Arizona.
This program offers advanced courses in teaching methods, curriculum, and related areas and is appropriate if you wish to enhance your teaching skills for grades K-8. This plan is not intended to provide grades K-8 teacher certification nor does it provide an institutional recommendation for teacher certification.
This program is nationally recognized with condition by the International Literacy Association (ILA).
The Reading K-8 Emphasis recognized by the International Literacy Association (ILA).
The Reading K-8 Emphasis is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
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To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)
You must additionally complete:
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
- All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
- All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
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In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
Candidates in this program are required to demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, and professional knowledge to be eligible to graduate from this program. In addition to course grades, content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge or skills are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in the following course(s):
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|Additional Admission Requirements||Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.|
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Emphasis, minor, and/or certificate are required.
|Thesis||Thesis may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.|
|Oral Defense||Oral Defense may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.|
|Research||Individualized research may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.|
|Some online/blended coursework||Required|
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This program may lead to licensure.
The MEd Elementary Education degree program provides students with the necessary framework for augmenting knowledge and skills related to teaching K through 8th grades. This degree offers students, typically practicing teachers, the opportunity to enhance their content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge emphasizing current research. Students have the opportunity to pursue advanced courses in curriculum and instruction, educational psychology, educational foundations, and educational research. Additionally, students choose from four available emphasis areas: Continuing Professional, Elementary National Board Certification Preparation (NBCT), Reading (K-8), and Multiage Education. Students who pursue the Continuing Education track will complete a research project as part of a graduate seminar or a thesis focused on a selected topic. Students who choose the Reading K-8 emphasis will be qualified for a K-8 Reading Endorsement through the Arizona Department of Education. Students who choose the NBCT track prepare for the rigorous process of National Board Certification, an advanced teaching credential. Students who choose the Multiage Education emphasis will be prepared to teach and lead in Multiage classrooms, and will become familiar with the contexts, theories, research, assessments and strategies used in Multiage programs.
Throughout the program, students demonstrate outcomes aligned to the elementary standards of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). In addition, the Reading Endorsement emphasis is aligned with the Standards for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals through the International Literacy Association. Students who complete this program will have a deeper and broader understanding of teaching and learning opening up continued opportunities in teaching, as well as other venues where teaching skills, knowledge, and dispositions are valued such as agencies and non-profits.
Student Learning Outcomes
Detailed list of Standards and Outcomes
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Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
- Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
- For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
- International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy
Individual program admission requirements include:
- IVP Fingerprint clearance card
- Teaching certificate (if the applicant has one)
Take the following 30 - 31 units:
Core Requirement (12-15 units):
Select from (3-6* units):
Select one course from (3 units)
Emphasis Requirements (Select One)
Continuing Professional Emphasis (18 units):
- Select two courses from (6 units):
- Select one course from (3 units):
- Select one course from (3 units):
- Select one course from (3 units):
- Additional coursework, select from (3 units):
Elementary National Board Preparation Emphasis (16 units):
To be eligible for National Board Certification you must:
- Have completed three full years of teaching or school counseling
- Possess a valid state teaching or school counseling license (Exception: If you are teaching where a license is not required, you have taught in schools recognized and approved to operate by the state).
- Contact the Teaching and Learning Department prior to applying. TandL@nau.edu
- For more information about the National Board Process please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please note there may be additional fees associated with National Board Certification.
Please note that if you choose the thesis option you may end up taking more than the 6 units of thesis credit you can count toward your degree because you must register for ECI 699 each semester while you are working on your thesis.
Also note that preparing a thesis generally requires one semester of residency, in Fall, Spring, or Summer.
Positive Behavior Support Emphasis (18 units):
You may not pursue the Positive Behavior Support Certificate in conjunction with this degree.
Reading K-8 Emphasis (18 units)
Please be aware that at least fifty percent of your courses must be at the 600-level or above.
Courses are offered during Fall, Spring, and Summer in Flagstaff and at statewide locations.
This degree is not available to students pursuing the Early Childhood Education M.Ed.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.