Purpose of Degree
The M.Ed. in Elementary Education is designed for early childhood, elementary, and middle level teachers who want to advance their careers and enhance their classroom instruction. Teachers who already have their graduate degrees are also welcome to take selected courses in the program for professional development.
Participants in this comprehensive program will collaborate with other professionals as they learn how to create engaging learning environments based on current research, theory and practice. The entire program may be taken online or on campus, depending on student preference.
Plan of Study
This program requires 30 credits for the M.Ed. in Elementary Education, including 12 credits of Core Courses, 12 credits of ELED Elective Courses, and 6 credits of Elective Courses.
All of the Core Courses and all of the ELED Elective Courses are taught through dual delivery, which allows students to choose either the online classroom or the campus classroom.
The campus sections of the fall and spring semester courses are taught in Bethlehem at the Lehigh Valley Center, while the campus sections of the summer courses are taught in East Stroudsburg on the main campus.
Many of the elective courses are also offered online, allowing students to complete the entire program via distance education, if so desired.
Graduate assistantships are available through the department. These are awarded based upon merit and achievement to full-time students in the graduate program. Graduate assistants do not teach classes, but complete projects and tasks assigned by professors.
The graduate assistantship is awarded for the first year of full-time study, with the possibility of extension through the first summer. Prospective students should apply for a graduate assistantship at the time of original application to the program, using the application form online. Full consideration will be given to those students who meet the application deadlines. Candidates will be selected and interviewed by the graduate coordinator.
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