Distance Learning

Masters of Education in Elementary Education

The Master of Education in Elementary Education degree is designed for practicing elementary school teachers. The program is structured to allow enrollees to continue to work in their school settings and complete their graduate program on a part-time schedule.

The goal of the program is to enable graduates to address the changing needs of elementary school students by modeling best practices based on current research and theories. Through disciplined inquiry and reflective thinking, the program is designed to deepen the knowledge base, enhance teaching skills and enrich dispositions of graduates.

The educational objectives of the Master of Education Program are to ensure that graduates can:

  • Integrate attitudes, beliefs, knowledge, and skills into effective educational practice;
  • Understand their own attitudes, beliefs, theories of action, and their relationship to practice;
  • Use reflective thinking to guide their continual professional growth and development;
  • Use disciplined inquiry through action research to improve instructional practice;
  • Support effective instruction for diverse student populations by developing an understanding of students and the communities from which they come;
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the content and pedagogy of the elementary curriculum; and
  • Demonstrate appropriate uses of technology in instruction, instructional management, and evaluation.

M. Ed. Course Sequence

1st year

Fall Semester

EDU 6316
Fundamentals of Mathematics:
Exploring Theories and Practices

EDU 6303
Psychology of Teaching and Learning

EDU 6302
Media, Technology, and Diversity

Spring Semester

EDU 6317
Teaching and Learning Sciences 

EDU 6301
Curriculum Development and Cultural Diversity

EDU 6305
Statistics: Introduction to Quantitative Methods

 Summer Session

EDU 6315
Integrating the Elementary Program and Curriculum

EDU 6304
Research Methodology

2nd year

 Fall Semester

EDU 6318
Teaching Social Studies for Elementary Education

RED 6310
Teaching Reading as Thinking

EDU 6121
Action Research Analysis & Pres

Spring Semester

EDU 6320
Masters of Education Internship,
Phase II

EDU 6319
Masters of Education Internship,
Phase I

Culminating Products

The culminating products are a Comprehensive, Electronic Teaching and Technology Portfolio that integrates the States' Advanced Technology Competencies with a demonstration of mastery of the Advanced Master's Competencies and an Action Research project on an issue in their classrooms.  These are submitted electronically on a cd and a DVD-r. The Action Research product is conducted in lieu of comprehensive exams. Candidates present a PowerPoint presentation proposal of planned project, a PowerPoint presentation defense of completed project, and a Poster presentation. 

Requirements for Admission

Fall enrollment receive first consideration. A complete application consists of the following:

  • An official transcript documenting a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A North Carolina "A" License in Elementary Education, the equivalent from another state, or temporary lateral entry license for employment in an elementary school setting.
  • Documentation of current teaching position in an elementary classroom (State Approved).
  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.5 as a minimum.
  • An acceptable recent (within 5 years) score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller's Analogies Test (MAT).
  • A satisfactory written statement of purpose.
  • Good recommendations from three professional educators.

Degree Requirements

Candidates must complete the following:

Pre-Assessments. Assessments of the attitudes and beliefs that reflect the participant's teaching and technology competencies.

The 36 Credit Hour Program. 15 credit hours of core courses, 15 credit hours in elementary methods courses, and 6 credit hours of internship in an elementary classroom.

Action Research Project. Related to an issue or concern in the elementary classroom.

Culminating Project. A Comprehensive Teaching and Technology Portfolio that integrates the State's Advanced Technology Competencies with a demonstration of mastery of the Advanced Master's Competencies.

Message From The Coordinator

With over 100 years experience in producing quality teachers, Winston-Salem State University now offers a unique Master of Education in Elementary Education (M.Ed.) designed especially for you, the working teacher. The program is aligned with the standards of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, and it has a part-time structure to allow you to continue working in your elementary classroom and to apply your new knowledge immediately in your classroom.

We invite you to become a part of the history of this prestigious institution and to renew your commitment to the profession and yourself. We challenge you to imagine the possibility of a Master of Education degree, to explore the opportunities with us, and to discover the uniqueness of a M.Ed. from Winston-Salem State University.

For More Information Contact:

Dr. Cassaundra El-Amin, Coordinator
Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Professional Studies
Winston-Salem State University
241 Anderson Center
Phone: (336) 750-3369
Email: elaminc@wssu.edu


Mrs. Natalie Wallace, Administrative Assistant
104C Anderson Center
Winston-Salem, NC 27110
Phone: (336) 750-8606
Fax: (336) 750-2099
EMAIL: wallacena@wssu.edu

Winston-Salem State University

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Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Phone: (336) 750-2000

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