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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary Education, M.Ed.


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The M.Ed. in Elementary Education is a graduate degree designed for teachers who wish to pursue advanced preparation in a specific content area at the elementary level (dual immersion, mathematics, reading, teacher support and coaching, science, STEM, English to Speakers of Other Languages, or reading recovery). Successful completion of the program leads to a master’s degree (T-5) and qualifies the candidate for an endorsement in the area of the content concentration.

Program Academic Regulations

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program in Elementary Education engages students in comprehensive exploration, research, and practice in elementary classrooms with diverse learners, specifically focusing on a student’s chosen concentration. Program experiences provide students with pedagogical content knowledge, instructional capabilities, and mindsets needed to serve as highly effective teachers and teacher leaders in their schools and communities. Through advanced study in a specific area, students become knowledgeable of current research and methods for teaching the content and establishing learner-centered classrooms consistent with the relevant national and state standards.

Students who apply for the program choose one area of concentration that can lead to an endorsement: Dual Immersion, Elementary Mathematics, Elementary Literacy, Teacher Support and Coaching, Elementary Science, STEM, English to Speakers of Other Languages, or Elementary Literacy in Reading Recovery. Upon meeting the College of Education and Human Development admissions requirements, students are eligible to pursue either of these courses of study.

All applicants must meet minimum college admission criteria and must show proof of meeting certification requirements in Georgia.

  • Program begins each semester
  • 36 semester hours
  • 15 credit hours of coursework in one content concentration: Dual Immersion, Elementary Mathematics, Elementary Literacy, Teacher Support and Coaching, Elementary Science, STEM, English to Speakers of Other Languages, or Elementary Literacy in Reading Recovery.
  • Candidates for the K-5 Mathematics and K-5 Science Endorsements must have one year of teaching before starting the endorsement courses.
  • Candidates for the Teacher Support and Coaching Endorsement must have three years of teaching before starting the endorsement courses.
  • Candidates for the Dual Immersion Endorsement must hold certification in P-12 Foreign Language Education.
  • Candidates must be currently teaching or working in an early childhood/elementary setting or available to complete teaching assignments in an early childhood/elementary setting.
  • IP grading may be assigned for some courses.

In addition to the college-wide graduation requirement of an overall 3.00 grade point average (calculated on all graduate work attempted), the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education requires that the students maintain satisfactory progress as he or she pursues the program of study. Any student who faculty believes is not making satisfactory progress toward fulfillment of degree requirements may be removed from the program.

Students must file a formal application for graduation with the Graduation Office, Office of the Registrar, at least two academic terms in advance of the expected date of graduation to establish eligibility for graduation with the M.Ed. in Elementary Education.

Degree Requirements


Professional Studies (9 Hours)


Select One Course (3):

Elementary Education Core (9 Hours)


Required (9):

Students must enroll in the ECE Core Courses (ECE 7390, ECE 7400, ECE 7410) as part of a cohort beginning in the fall semester of a year and complete over fall/spring/summer in consecutive semesters. Order of the courses may vary.

Concentration (15 Hours)


Select ONE Concentration: 

Dual Immersion Concentration


(currently accepting applications)

To be eligible for the Dual Immersion Endorsement, candidates must be certified in P-12 Foreign Language Education and successfully complete ECE 7397, ECE 7440, ECE 7730, and ECE 7750.

Required (15):

Elementary Literacy Concentration


(currently accepting applications)

Students must enroll in ECE 7740 concurrent with one of the following courses: EDRD 7630, EDRD 6600, EDRD 7600, EDRD 7550, or EDRD 7650.

Successful completion of EDRD 7630 and EDRD 6600 or EDRD 7600 and EDRD 7550 or EDRD 7650 and the Reading Endorsement portfolio qualifies an individual for the reading endorsement at the level of the base certificate.

Elementary Literacy in Reading Recovery Concentration


(applicant must already be accepted in the Reading Recovery program)

This concentration includes a fixed sequence of required courses (ECE 7360, ECE 7370, ECE 7380) with enrollment fall through spring term.

Successful completion of ECE 7360, ECE 7370, and ECE 7380 qualifies the individual for the Reading Endorsement at the level of the base certificate.

Prior to enrolling in the required Reading Recovery courses the student must submit a school district or consortia site application or the school of employment must be an approved Reading Recovery site.

The student must complete the Observation Survey Institute in the summer semester prior to enrolling in the required course sequence.

Select Two Courses (6 Hours)

Elementary Mathematics Education Concentration


(currently accepting applications)

Candidates must have one year of teaching experience to be eligible to enroll in the mathematics concentration courses for the K-5 Mathematics Endorsement.

Successful completion of ECE 7393, ECE 7394, ECE 7395, ECE 7396, and ECE 7740 qualifies an individual for the K-5 Mathematics Endorsement.

Students must enroll in ECE 7740 concurrent with one of the following courses: ECE 7393, ECE 7394, ECE 7395, or ECE 7396.

For candidates who are completing the Teacher Support and Coaching Endorsement, ECE 8680 can be used to fulfill the requirements of ECE 7740 in the K-5 Mathematics Endorsement.

Elementary Science Education Concentration


(currently not accepting applications)

Candidates must have one year of teaching experience to be eligible to enroll in the science concentration courses for the K-5 Science Endorsement.

Students must enroll in ECE 7740 concurrent with one of the following courses: ECE 8420, ECE 8430, or ECE 8440.

Successful completion of ECE 8420, ECE 8430, ECE 8440, and ECE 7740 qualifies an individual for the K-5 Science Endorsement.

Select One Course (3 Hours)

English to Speakers of Other Languages Concentration


(currently not accepting applications)

Successful completion of ECE 6657, ECE 6360, ECE 6380, and ECE 6387 may qualify an individual for the ESOL Endorsement

STEM Concentration


(currently not accepting applications)

Successful completion of ECE 8450, ECE 8455, and ECE 8660 may qualify an individual for the STEM Endorsement.

Teacher Support and Coaching Endorsement Concentration


(currently not accepting applications)

Candidates must have three years of teaching experience to be eligible to enroll in the 6 hours of Teacher Support and Coaching Endorsement courses.

Successful completion of the endorsement courses (ECE 8400 and ECE 8680) qualify an individual for the stand alone TSC Endorsement.

For candidates who are also completing the K-5 Mathematics Endorsement, ECE 7740 can be used to fulfill the requirement of ECE 8680 in the TSC Endorsement.

Required (6 Hours)

Select Three Courses (9)

Students select 9 hours of courses from any of the other concentrations in the program or elect to add an additional endorsement. Other courses as approved by the concentration advisor.

Adding a second endorsement may require additional hours.

Capstone (3 Hours)


The Capstone course is completed during the final semester in which the student plans to graduate and with the approval of the concentration advisor. 

Students are required to complete 3 credit hours. 

Required (3):

Total Semester Hours for Degree: Minimum of 36


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