Master of Education Program - Concentration in Elementary Education
Valley City State University has designed this concentration for teachers at the elementary level wishing to pursue a master’s degree. The curriculum is structured around a set of core requirements that provide a broad foundation in education, research, and technology.
Curriculum in this concentration is designed for K-6 educators who seek to deepen their understanding of teaching and learning. The program of study anchors coursework in learning theory, effective use of technology, and the principles of assessment, as well as providing elective coursework to support the student’s unique professional goals. The coursework may also apply in situations where states require an advanced degree with a focus on Elementary Education.
The Master of Education in Elementary Education requires 36 hours of coursework, an action research report, and an oral defense of a comprehensive portfolio. The curriculum is structured around a set of core requirements that provide a broad foundation in education, research and technology. All M.Ed. students are required to complete 12 hours of core courses and three hours of Special Program Courses.
|Core Required Courses|
|EDUC 610||Research in Education||3|
|EDUC 625||Issues in School, Community, and Family||3|
|EDUC 640||Supervision and Assessment of Teachers and Learners||3|
|EDUC 657||Exceptionality, Diversity, and Differences||3|
|EDUC 631||Principles of Teaching and Learning in Elementary||3|
|EDUC 650||Field Design and Implementation||3|
|EDUC 667||Literacy as Communication in Elementary||3|
|EDUC 675||Teaching with 21st Century Tools||3|
|EDUC 685||Action Research in Education||3|
|Select six hours from the following:||6|
|Supervision of Student Teachers|
|Literature and Literacy for Children and Young Adults|
|STEM Curriculum and Methods in Elementary|
|Design, Technology, and Engineering for Elementary|
|Special Program Requirements|
|EDUC 689||Research Application||1|
Total Core 12 Hrs
Total Required 15 Hrs
Total Electives 6 Hrs
Total Special Program Requirements 3 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 36 Hrs
Core Values/Learning Outcomes
- Effective use of Instructional Technologies
- Expertise in Research, particularly Action Research
- Expertise in Assessment
- Expertise in Curriculum/Instruction
- Diversity/Global Awareness
The program’s Core Values and National Board of Professional Teaching Standards lay the broad foundation for the overall program design. Specific objectives are then addressed in each course, based on its curriculum. At the course level, the required projects and activities provide a rich and diverse collection of opportunities for assessment of student knowledge and understanding by the professor.