Masters of Education in Elementary Education

For more information about this program contact Crystal Marshall at 229-259-5095. Fax:229-333-5963. Email: cmarshall@valdosta.edu

The Master of Education Degree (MEd) Program in Elementary Education is designed to build on the Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and meets the requirements to earn an upgraded teaching certificate from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Candidates are expected to refine this base, developing abilities to deal with more of the intricate aspects of the teaching experience. In the Master of Education program in Elementary Education, the candidate will gain a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge, research, and dominant theories of early childhood education to support effective teaching of young children. The program also builds a strong link to classroom instruction and implementation of knowledge and skills in elementary school settings.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements can be found at the following page: Admission Requirements

How to Apply

Apply to the program online at the following page: How to Apply

Degree Requirements 

The program of study for the MEd in Elementary Education can be found at the following link: Program of Study

Course Descriptions

ELED 6000 Special Topics in Elementary Education 3-0-3

A study of current issues and concepts in elementary education. May be repeated under different topics for a total of 6 credit hours with the approval of the program coordinator.  

ELED 7210 Assessment in Elementary Education 3-0-3

A study of the role of assessment in educational change. The course examines alternative evaluation strategies in elementary education, ethics in assessment, and strategies for acquiring data in the classroom. Interpretation and use of assessment data are emphasized.

ELED 7220 Early Childhood Inclusive Environments 2-2-3

Principles for creating effective, inclusive learning environments for all children in elementary education, including children with disabilities. The areas studied include modification of classroom design for visibility, distractibility, and accessibility, and the integration of technology in supporting appropriate programs for young children.

ELED 7230 Teachers as Mentors, Coaches, and Leaders in Elementary Education 3-0-3

An overview of the current research and leadership strategies to mentor, coach, support, and foster personal and professional growth of preservice and beginning educators. 

ELED 7320 Curriculum and Instructional Strategies P-5 3-0-3

Review of the content areas in the elementary education curriculum. Emphasis will be placed on implication of effective strategies that utilize a variety of resources and technologies to enhance teaching and learning within diverse environments.

ELED 7330 Issues and Trends in Elementary Education 3-0-3

Examination of research, trends, and problems in elementary education, with special reference to professional ethics, mentoring, and various delivery systems for elementary education programs. Focus is on the impact of relevant federal, state, or local public education issues and trends. 

ELED 7340 Action Research in Elementary Education 2-2-3

An examination of action research as self-reflective, systemic inquiry. Emphasis is placed on better understanding of teaching practice, reflection on current issues and problems, and discussion of questions, data collection and analysis, and conclusions.

ELED 7540 Integrating Creativity and Critical Thinking in Elementary Education 3-0-3

An examination of how creativity and thinking skills can be developed across the curriculum. 

ELED 7550 Differentiating Instruction in P-5 Classrooms 3-0-3

Investigation of differentiating content, process, and product (universal design) of the elementary education curriculum to meet the needs of all children.

Graduation Information

Information about graduation can be found at the following page: Graduation Information