Elementary Education (MEd)

Program of Study 

Area 1 Professional Core
ELEM 6156Theories, Concepts, and Applications of Child Development3
EDUF 6116Educational Research Methods3
Area 1 Total6
Area 2 Concentration
ELEM 6145Elementary Social Studies Education3
ELEM 6155Elementary Education in a Contemporary Society3
ELEM 6166Assessment Methodologies, Instruments, and Procedures in Elementary Education3
Select one of the following:3-4
Developing Mathematical Thinking in the Elementary Classroom (3 hrs)
Applications in Arithmetic and Algebra for K-5 Teachers (4 hrs) *
Select one of the following:3
Elementary Literacy Education
Writing and the Young Child
Literacy Curriculum and Instruction in Today’s P-12 Schools **
Select one of the following:3-4
Developing Scientific Thinking in Young Children (3 hrs)
Integrated Curricular Design and Equity-Focused P-12 STEM Education (4 hrs) ***
Area 2 Total18-20
Area 3 Electives
Select 6-8 semester hours of advisor approved courses in elementary education or related field studies.6-8
Imagination, Curiosity, & Creativity in Teaching and Learning (3 hrs)
Partnerships with Parents and Guardians of Young Children (3 hrs)
Applications in Geometry and Measurement for K-5 Teachers (3 hrs)
Applications in Data Analysis and Probability for K-5 Teachers (4 hrs) *
Literacy Assessment and Effective Curriculum and Instruction (3 hrs) **
Psychology of Reading: Understanding Readers and the Reading Process (3 hrs) **
Technology & Application with Problem Based Learning in P-12 STEM Classrooms (4 hrs) ***
Community-Based P-12 STEM Education (4 hrs) ***
Advisor approved Special Education course
Area 3 Total6-8
Area 4 Other Requirements
EDUF 6000M.Ed. Exit Examination0
Area 4 Total0
Total Credit Hours30-34


A teacher endorsement is an add-on statement that appears on teacher certification. An endorsement qualifies you to teach in a specialized area which adds value to a teaching career. Endorsement courses may be applied as electives in this program if you want to complete an endorsement with the MEd degree.


Denotes classes required for Math Endorsement (33 hours required)


Denotes classes required for Reading Endorsement (30 hours required)


Denotes classes required for STEM Endorsement (33 hours required)

Note: See advisor for information about all endorsements.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 (regular admission) or 2.50 (provisional admission) on all undergraduate work at an accredited United States institution in fulfillment of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree
  • A Level Four (4) or a bachelor'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

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 two (2) graduate courses
  • 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 hours of the 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 masters degree program may be applied toward the degree. Courses with earned grades of "C" or below cannot be transferred. The student’s advisor and the coordinator of the program in which the student is enrolled must approve any courses transferred
  • All degree requirements must be completed within seven (7) years of first enrollment