Master of Education Program - Concentration in Elementary Education

Department Chair: Dr. James Boe,, (701) 845-7304
Faculty Contact: Dr. Heather Kvilvang,, (701) 845-7199
Department Office: 327E McFarland Hall, (701) 845-7303

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.


Concentration Requirements

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 610Research in Education3
EDUC 625Issues in School, Community, and Family3
EDUC 640Supervision and Assessment of Teachers and Learners3
EDUC 657Exceptionality, Diversity, and Differences3
Required Courses
EDUC 631Principles of Teaching and Learning in Elementary3
EDUC 650Field Design and Implementation3
EDUC 667Literacy as Communication in Elementary3
EDUC 675Teaching with 21st Century Tools3
EDUC 685Action Research in Education3
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 689Research Application1
EDUC 698Capstone2
Total Credits36

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

  1. Effective use of Instructional Technologies
  2. Expertise in Research, particularly Action Research
  3. Expertise in Assessment
  4. Supervisor/Leader/Coach
  5. Expertise in Curriculum/Instruction
  6. 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.