Our Master of Education (M. Ed.) degree program in Elementary Education is designed to prepare teachers who will be academically grounded instructional leaders. Program coursework and field experiences promote research-based practices that ensure that all students can and do learn. Graduates' theoretical and pedagogical knowledge will be deepened as they apply innovative, effective research-based practices in Elementary Education. Program faculty are dedicated to the ideals of social justice and endeavor to equip graduates with the ability work within the existing systems or to change existing systems to bring about equitable environments for all learners.
This degree does not lead to initial certification in Elementary Education.
For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.
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Our Master of Education (M. Ed.) degree program in Elementary Education is designed to prepare teachers who will be academically grounded instructional leaders. Program coursework and field experiences promote research-based practices that ensure that all students can and do learn. Graduates' theoretical and pedagogical knowledge will be deepened as they apply innovative, effective research-based practices in Elementary Education. Program faculty are dedicated to the ideals of social justice and endeavor to equip graduates with the ability work within the existing systems or to change existing systems to bring about equitable environments for all learners. As a student in our Master's degree program, you'll learn strategies to help all students succeed by focusing on topics such as:
- Knowledge and understanding of the classroom learner
- Advanced methodologies for content area instruction
- Curriculum theory and development
- Social and/or philosophical foundations of education
- Research in Elementary Education
6 - 8 Semesters for completion (including Summer Semesters). Time for completion of this degree may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call your advisor.
This degree does not lead to initial certification in Elementary Education.
Method of Delivery
Coursework is available 100% online.
The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Credit and transfer
Total semester hours required: 36
A transfer credit evaluation will be completed by the UWG Transfer Team (firstname.lastname@example.org). Course application to a program is subject to review by the department.
This program is offered entirely online. Though a student may choose to sign-up for a face-to-face elective or core course, one can earn this degree completely online.
UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.
- Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
- The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
- Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
- Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
- Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
- One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
- For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website
There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.
The program consists of a minimum of 36 hours of coursework. Courses include 9 hours in professional studies, 6 hours in research and assessment, 15 hours in elementary content, and 6 hours of electives. Students exit the program with a Master of Education degree in Elementary Education and after passing the Georgia Certification Exam.
Courses include 9 hours in professional studies, 6 hours in research and assessment, 15 hours in elementary content, and 6 hours of electives.
Plan of Study: View Program Sheet
ECED-7285 - Special Topics
Titles and descriptions of specific courses to be inserted at time of offering. May be repeated for credit.
EDRS-6301 - Introduction to Research in the Human Sciences
Students will become successful consumers of research through the introduction of principles of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods designs. Within these categories of research, students will learn the foundations of action research and single subject research.
Guidelines for Admittance
- All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
- Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
- International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
- Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Graduate Admissions Office.
Program Specific Admittance Guidelines
Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood or Elementary Education and be eligible for an Elementary Education clear and renewable certificate or possess a renewable professional certificate in Elementary Education with a minimum overall 2.7 GPA.
Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School
* Application, app fee, and document deadline
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Admission Process Checklist
The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here
One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
College of Education:
The The Department of Early Childhood through Secondary Education website includes projected course offerings, program sheets, and other vital information.
- Master's candidates are committed to students and their learning.
- Master's candidates know the subjects they teach and how to teah those subjects to students.
- Master's candidates are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
- Master's candidates think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
- Master's candidates are members of learning communities.