Elementary Education (EdS)

Program of Study 

Area 1 Professional Core
EDUF 7116Applied Educational Research: Assessing and Monitoring Student Achievement3
ELEM 7147Investigating Problems in Elementary Education3
Area 1 Total6
Area 2 Concentration
ELEM 7127Perspectives in Elementary Education3
ELEM 7137Advocacy and Public Policy in Elementary Education3
ELEM 7155Cognitive Development in Young Children3
ELEM 7157Advanced Assessment in Teaching3
ELEM 7167Childhood and Society: An Introduction to the Sociology of Childhood3
ELEM 7899Research in Elementary Education3
Area 2 Total18
Area 3 Electives
Select 6 hours from the list below or other courses approved by advisor.6
Elementary Education in a Contemporary Society
Theories, Concepts, and Applications of Child Development
Assessment Methodologies, Instruments, and Procedures in Elementary Education
Elementary Literacy Education
Writing and the Young Child
Developing Mathematical Thinking in the Elementary Classroom
Developing Scientific Thinking in Young Children
Elementary Social Studies Education
Imagination, Curiosity, & Creativity in Teaching and Learning
Partnerships with Parents and Guardians of Young Children
Literacy Curriculum and Instruction in Today’s P-12 Schools
Psychology of Reading: Understanding Readers and the Reading Process
Literacy Assessment and Effective Curriculum and Instruction
Applications in Arithmetic and Algebra for K-5 Teachers
Applications in Geometry and Measurement for K-5 Teachers
Applications in Data Analysis and Probability for K-5 Teachers
Integrated Curricular Design and Equity-Focused P-12 STEM Education
Technology & Application with Problem Based Learning in P-12 STEM Classrooms
Community-Based P-12 STEM Education
Area 3 Total6
Total Credit Hours30
Professional Activities Requirement
All candidates must complete and provide verification of a minimum of three professional activities prior to completion of the program (see Advisor for Professional Activities Form)

Note: See advisor for information about all endorsements.

Admission Requirements

  • GPA of at least 3.0 on all graduate course work at an accredited United States institution in fulfillment of the requirements for a graduate degree
  • A Level Five (5) or a master's level teaching certificate or eligibility for such certificate in elementary education
  • The successful applicant must not have a criminal record or discharge from the armed services that would prevent recommendation for related teacher certifications
  • Minimum two years of teaching experience while holding a valid teaching certificate

Additional Program Requirements

  • Students must earn a 3.0 GPA calculated on all graduate work attempted. "Academic Forgiveness" policy does not apply to graduate studies.
  • Students cannot graduate with a grade of "C" in more than one (1) graduate course without an appeal to the College of Education Graduate Council.
  • Courses earned with grades of "D" may not be used toward a graduate degree or certificate, but will be calculated in the overall grade point average.
  • A minimum of 24 semester hours required for the degree must be earned in residence (75%). Asynchronous (online) and distance learning courses administered through Columbus State University constitute courses taken in residence.
  • A maximum of six (6) semester hours of transfer credit or courses taken at CSU prior to full admission to a specialist degree program may be applied toward the degree. Courses with earned grades of "C" or below are not accepted. Courses must be approved by the major advisor and department chair.
  • An active TK20 account is a required resource for this program because selected assignments must be submitted electronically using this online platform. TK20 is used by the university to maintain our accreditation, to demonstrate the quality of our academic programs, and to improve teaching and learning.