Master in Education - Elementary Education

General

Program Description

The MSED Elementary Education (grades 1-6) program provides a 42-credit course of study consisting of methodologies, educational philosophy, literacy, and research. Designed for those who hold a baccalaureate degree in an area other than education, this program emphasizes critical thinking in the classroom and prepares participants to work with students from varying backgrounds. Graduates will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, professional attitude, character, and commitment to the teaching profession congruent with New York State standards.

New York requires that all MSED Elementary students have a 30-credit concentration from an undergraduate degree as well as the following credits from a regionally accredited college:

  • 6 semester hours of university-level credit in math and written analytical expression
  • 3 semester hours of university-level credit in each of the following general education areas: artistic expression; communication; information retrieval; concepts in history and social sciences; humanities; scientific processes
  • 3 semester hours of a language other than English

Degree Earned

Total Number of Credits

Program

Certification

M.S.Ed

42

Elementary, Grades 1-6

Childhood, Grades 1-6

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What can you do with this degree?

After graduating with an Elementary Education Master’s degree, Buffalo graduates have gone on to careers as:
  • Elementary School Teachers
  • Teacher Aides
  • Substitute Teachers
  • Daycare Teachers
  • Educational Consultants

Program format

On-campus/Hybrid
  • Weekday students attend classes twice a week on Mondays and Tuesdays for three semesters and students teach during the final semester.
  • Weekend students attend classes approximately every other weekend for three semesters and students teach during the final semester.
  • The hybrid format includes face-to-face and online instruction.
  • Fall, spring, and summer start.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements

To pursue the M.S.Ed. in Elementary Education degree, students need a baccalaureate degree with a concentration of 30 semester hours of college-level credit in one of the liberal arts and sciences.

Additionally, students are required to have 3 credit hours in each of the following areas (examples are included):

  • Scientific Processes: Biology, zoology, anatomy, physiology, physics, chemistry, geology, physical geography.
  • Communication: Speech, writing.
  • Artistic Expression: art history, art appreciation, music history, music appreciation, dance appreciation, theatre appreciation, theatre history, film appreciation.
  • Information Retrieval: Upon conferral of a bachelor's degree, this requirement will be met.
  • History & Social Science: Sociology, cultural studies, history, psychology, anthropology, political science, economics, cultural geography, woman studies, criminal justice.
  • Humanities: Composition, literature, creative writing, linguistics, public speaking, philosophy, ethics, history of religion.
  • At least three credits of a language other than English or 2 years of high school language.

Students are required to have 6 credit hours in each of the following areas (examples are included):

  • Written Analytical Expression: Composition, writing, English, literature.
  • Mathematic Processes: Algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, math for elementary education.

Required coursework

  • EDU 500: The Core of Education EDU 504: Early Field Experience (3 credits)
  • EDU 502: Education Methods of Teaching: Math, Science (3 credits)
  • EDU 503: Education Methods of Teaching: The Arts, Language Arts, & Social Studies (3 credits)
  • EDU 504: Early Field Experience (3 credits)
  • EDU 511: Field Experience I: Grades 1-6 (0 credit)
  • EDU 512: Field Experience II: Grades 1-6 (0 credit)
  • ECI 510: Research in Education (3 credits)
  • EDU 571: Technology for the Elementary Classroom (3 credits)
  • ECI 535: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Shaping Culturally Inclusive Classrooms (3 credits)
  • EDU 507: Dignity for All Students Act Seminar (0 credit)
  • ECI 610: Transitions from Education’s Roots to the Present (3 credits)
  • ESP 600: Foundations of Special Education (3 credits)
  • EDU 506: Child Abuse Awareness/ SAVE Seminar (0 credit)
  • EDL 550: Developmental Literacy: Emergence to Fluency (3 credits)
  • EDL 650: Assessment and Evaluation of Literacy (3 credits)
  • EDU 693: Elementary Education Portfolio (3 credits)
  • EDU 577: Student Teaching (1-6) (6 credits)

Clinical experiences

This exciting opportunity allows students the ability to learn through hands-on experience with the support and mentorship of classroom teachers and college instructors.

Fieldwork: All students enrolled in the M.S.Ed. Elementary Education program is required to complete a minimum of 100 field experience hours prior to student teaching. These field experience hours are embedded over two courses (EDU 511 and EDU 512).

Medaille fits your life

At Medaille College, we understand the challenges of being a working adult with high career aspirations. That’s why Medaille’s Adult & Graduate programs are designed specifically to fit your already busy schedule. With Medaille, you can earn your degree and still have time for work and family. Medaille College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

  • Personalized support.
  • Guaranteed classes.
  • Collaborative learning environment.
  • Financial aid and scholarships are available.
Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

Medaille College is a private, nonsectarian four-year college with campuses in Buffalo, Rochester and online. Medaille focuses on your success as a student and as a future professional by offering und ... Read More

Medaille College is a private, nonsectarian four-year college with campuses in Buffalo, Rochester and online. Medaille focuses on your success as a student and as a future professional by offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in hands-on, practitioner-based learning environments on campus and in the Western New York community. Read less
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