Master of Education in Elementary Education Initial Program - Leads to Initial Teacher Licensure

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The Master of Education in Elementary Education (Eligible for Institutional Recommendation/Credential) is designed for individuals seeking initial teaching licensure in elementary or middle school education. The format and courses of this Arizona-approved program are tailored to meet the needs of the adult learner and to maximize the content knowledge that the teacher candidate will possess upon graduation. Graduates of the Masters in Elementary Education program are prepared to become informed educators in public and private schools and other settings requiring a teaching license. In this program, teacher candidates study topics such as: Philosophical and social issues in education; educational psychology and human development; classroom engagement and management; educating students with diverse needs; English as a second language; structured English immersion; prescriptive reading and assessment; and curriculum, assessment and methods for teaching the content areas of English language arts, math, science, health, social studies and the arts. All courses are directly aligned with specialized professional teaching standards and the associated national content standards. Students must have access to a grade 1-8 classroom to complete assignments within many of the courses which guide teacher candidates through more than 100 hours of observational and practice-based experiences. The final semester of the Masters in Elementary Education program includes a full-time, 15 week student teaching component. Teacher candidates are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval.

Note: This program was recently revised. Disclosure statistics on this program before it was revised indicated 81% of students graduated on time (within 30 months) and graduated with a median loan debt of $41,706.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:


The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.


The convenience of GCUs evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals. Evening classes meet once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom, filled with career minded individuals. Evening class sizes are kept small, providing a warm nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. Classes begin frequently at various locations.

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* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.

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