Elementary Education (M.Ed.)

Candidates in the Elementary Education Program are trained to become professionals who are competent to meet the content knowledge needs of K-6 students.

The program provides candidates with in- depth knowledge in reading, science, math and language arts to include theories, processes, strategies, curriculum, and research so they can use that knowledge to plan appropriate programs for a diverse population of K-6 students. In addition, the program provides practical applications in the development of leadership skills for effective leadership in the school, classroom, and in the teaching professions. A program within the CAEP (Formerly NCATE) accredited School of Education; the Elementary Education Program is approved by the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction to offer a license in elementary education ( K-6) and approved by the UNC Board of Governors to offer the M. Ed. degree.

You will graduate from this program with the ability to be a knowledgeable, caring, and reflective practitioner; you will also demonstrate an in-depth understanding of:

  • theoretical foundations of teaching and learning in elementary curriculum areas
  • data analysis to support student learning in the classroom
  • learning environments that incorporate researched- based best practices
  • collaboration, professional learning and leadership as a career-long responsibility
  • instructional approaches, materials, and an integrated, comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support student learning
  • technology to enhance instruction, learning, research, and assessment

What Will You Do?

  • K-5 Classroom Teacher
  • Professional Tutor
  • General Education in Community College
  • Community Education Centers
  • Youth Offender Organizations
  • Pursue Advanced Degrees in Education or other fields
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Museums
  • Education and Supply Companies
  • Education Consultant