ACADEMICS

  • Master of Education in Elementary Education

    The Master of Education in Elementary Education program at Worcester State University helps you become a highly trained educator with the specialized knowledge and skills to teach students in grades 1-6. Designed for working adults with an initial teacher license in elementary education, our well-respected program offers a high-quality education at a competitive cost.

    You’ll learn from our accomplished faculty, as you experience a true balance of content and pedagogy. You’ll have the opportunity to choose a content area in literacy; mathematics; social studies, fine arts, and health; or science, math, and technology. You also will work closely with your faculty advisor to identify your unique academic and career goals and develop a program of study to achieve them.

    In addition, you’ll conduct a research project on a topic in elementary education of interest to you. As you progress through our program, you’ll record your achievements in a portfolio of work that not only demonstrates your mastery of all program competencies, but also showcases your professional development.

    Graduates of our program have found great success as teachers in public and private schools across the state. In fact, a master’s degree in elementary education from WSU may be used toward professional teacher licensure in Massachusetts.

  • Application Requirements
    In addition to the WSU Graduate School’s general application requirements, applicants to this program must already possess an initial or professional license in elementary education to be accepted into the program. (Courses offered in this program satisfy the requirements for the Massachusetts Professional License in Elementary Education).
    Course Requirements
    Core requirements (10 credits)  
    • ED 981 Advanced Foundations of Education (3 credits)
    • ED 982 Research in Education (3 credits)
    • ED 993 Seminar: Research in Content Concentration (3 credits)
    • ED 992 Portfolio Evaluation (1 credit)

    Content Courses (15 credits)

    • ED 971 Balanced Literacy and Technology in the 21st Century (3 credits)
    • ED 914 Reading in the Content Areas (3 credits)
    • ED 929 Math Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Learners (3 credits)
    • EL 909 Science Content, Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction (3 credits)
    • EL 908 Social Studies, Content, Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction (3 credits)

    Diversity, Equity, and Differentiated Instruction Courses (6 Credits)

    • ED 971 Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners (3 credits)
    • ED 910 The Child, Family, Community, and Diversity in Education (3 credits)

    Elective (3 Credits)
    Students can choose 1 elective with approval from their advisor.

    Program of Study

    This master’s degree program is designed to be completed in 2 calendar years as a cohort model and is structured so that courses build upon one other. Students take 2 courses per semester unless they request an alternate schedule that is approved by their advisor. Matriculated students take courses during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. A typical 2-year calendar of courses is as follows:

    Year I: Fall

    • ED 981 Advanced Foundations of Education (3 credits)
    • ED 971 Balanced Literacy and Technology in the 21st Century (3 credits)

    Year 1: Spring

    • ED 914 Reading in the Content Areas (3 credits)
    • ED 929 Math Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Learners (3 credits)

    Year 1: Summer I and Summer II

    • EL 909 Science Content, Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction (3 credits)
    • EL 908 Social Studies, Content, Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction (3 credits)

    Year 2: Fall

    • ED 982 Research in Education (3 credits)
    • ED 971 Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners (3 credits)

    Year 2: Spring

    • ED 993 Seminar: Research in the Content Concentration (3 credits)
    • ED 910 The Child, Family, Community, and Diversity in Education (3 credits)

    Year 2: Summer I

    • ED 992 Portfolio Evaluation (1 credit)
    • Elective (3 credits)– Students choose one elective with approval from their advisor.
    Total Minimum Program Credits: 34 credits

    Commencement is scheduled in May of Year 2.
  • CONTACT US

    Christina Bebas
    Program Coordinator

    Sullivan Academic Center
    Office S-218D
    508-929-8753
    cbebas@worcester.edu