Take your desire to make a difference in the lives of children into the classroom. Earn your Master of Education in Elementary Education degree on campus or online, and gain the skills and professional licensure you need to start your teaching career.
Successful completion of this elementary education degree program prepares you for a rewarding new career and leads to New Hampshire state licensure in elementary education, teaching grades K-6. This program also offers a customized track for certified teachers seeking an additional endorsement.
Not available for international students.
The MEd in Elementary Education degree combines theory with hands-on, practical experience in a real classroom. As you work toward earning your initial teaching licensure or additional endorsement for careers in elementary education, you will explore a wide variety of vital topics, including:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your master's in elementary education at SNHU include:
This program is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification as leading to an endorsement in New Hampshire. Southern New Hampshire University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement or salary benefits. View disclosure information.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.
Candidates must also submit an acknowledgement form and professional resume. Additional forms may be required depending on your background.
Earn your Master of Education degree, and open yourself to a number of careers in education. Excelling and growing in your career as an educational administrator requires a mix of classroom experience, focus, passion and drive — and, of course, education. A master’s degree automatically increases your pay in many states and gives you a competitive advantage for advancing your career.
Careers in elementary education are experiencing healthy growth. Kindergarten and elementary school teacher positions are expected to grow 12 percent through 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Related to careers in elementary education, instruction coordinator positions are projected to grow 13 percent through 2022. With an MEd in Elementary Education, careers in education can be enhanced and broadened.
The master’s in elementary education curriculum offers two options for students. The 39-credit initial licensure program includes 11 courses plus a two-term student teaching seminar. Students are required to complete four courses for this MEd in Elementary Education degree (EDU 521, EDU 533, EDU 543 and SPED 501) as well as pass the Praxis I prior to applying for Teacher Certification Program acceptance (TCP). Prior to student-teaching placement, candidates also must pass the Praxis II test in their chosen subject area.
A customized 36-credit track that includes a certification internship is available for certified teachers seeking an additional endorsement. Please speak with an admission counselor for more details.
This course focuses on the concepts of mathematics that are taught in grades K-6 and the current methods of teaching that content, including experience with manipulative materials.
This course offers practice in identifying and developing basic beliefs and values while assessing contemporary philosophies. It includes a study of the history and current issues of education in America.
In this course, students will develop the knowledge and skills to use technology to enhance student learning and achievement. This course also introduces students to learning targets (standards/outcomes) and a general model of curriculum development, implementation and assessment.
This course applies developmental theory to the teaching of science literacy in the early grades. Students will focus on preparing developmentally appropriate experiences that promote investigation, problem solving, and exploration. Methods of instruction and assessment are practiced. Attention will be given to designing constructivist lessons and unit plans that align with science literacy standards.
This course will explore the concepts, methods, techniques, and materials necessary to effectively teach social studies and fine arts in early childhood. Using national and state standards and frameworks, students will develop learning experiences that meet curriculum objectives in both social studies and the fine arts. Strategies for integrating social studies and fine arts across all curriculum areas will be addressed.
This course studies the role of contemporary learning theories and their application to educational practice, including issues of readiness, motivation, problem solving, and the social context of learning. Students will understand how to apply scientifically based instructional strategies to promote learning.
This course is an introduction to assessment for teaching and learning content in grades K-12. Topics include the types, benefits, and uses of formal and informal assessment. Ethical issues of assessment and grading will be discussed. Students will create assessments aligned with standards-based content.
Students will be introduced to the issues related to children with disabilities and the educational implications for participation within the general education classroom will be examined. The course includes the history of Special Education, as well as current trends and research. Federal and state legislation will be reviewed as well as the NH State Standards for Children with Disabilities. Students will review the Individuals with Disabilities Act as it relates to the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorized as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) including title II of the ADA and section 504 and The Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1973, as amended.
This course will examine several major theoretical perspectives on literacy development from Kindergarten through 4th grade. Students will explore literacy environments that encourage the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking in the early elementary classroom. Students will also learn a variety of effective strategies for the instruction and assessment of reading and writing in the early elementary classroom. Differentiating instruction to meet the needs of students from diverse backgrounds will be integrated into the course content.
In this course, students study effective practices that support the development of reading comprehension and writing strategies for content area subjects in grades 4-8. The course focuses on the strategies that enable students read and write about non-fiction. Students will also examine ways to address the particular needs of students with diverse language, cultural and learning requirements.
This course will include an in-depth study of literary genre and categories found in children's literature, preschool through intermediate levels. Students will read and analyze literature according to a set of established criteria; explore the work of noteworthy authors, poets and illustrators; and be introduced to a variety of strategies for integrating literature into the curriculum and for encouraging students to become lifelong readers.
Currently certified teachers:
Student seeking Initial licensure:
EDU571A and EDU571B
Currently certified teachers:
Student seeking Initial licensure:
EDU571A and EDU571B
Tuition rates for Southern New Hampshire University's graduate degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25 percent tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
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