Master of Education in Elementary Education Initial Program - Does Not Lead to Teacher Licensure

For a version of this program that leads to teacher licensure, please click here.

The Master of Education in Elementary Education program is designed for individuals interested in the education of children in elementary or middle school. The format and courses of this regionally accredited and Arizona-approved program are tailored to maximize your content knowledge toward becoming a teacher or education leader in public, private and charter schools upon graduation.

In this master’s in elementary education program, you will study topics such as: philosophical and social issues in education; classroom engagement and management; educating learners with diverse needs; English as a second language; structured English immersion; prescriptive reading and assessment; literacy curriculum, assessment and methods; math curriculum, assessment and methods; and social studies curriculum, assessment and methods.

With an emphasis on elementary- and adolescent- aged students, you’ll explore ways to improve teaching, learning, assessment and other strategies toward helping educators maximize their young students’ learning and engagement. Additional factors including curricula, environment and childhood psychology traits that also play a role in learning and development will be explored.

This study of instruction in subjects related to English, government, math, reading, science, health and writing includes a per-class series of practicum hours spent in classrooms or other educational environments. These practicum experiences can help you gain first-hand knowledge and experience working with and developing content or strategies for instructors, staff and other personnel in live classrooms.

All courses are directly aligned with professional teaching standards and the associated national content standards. The degree is offered through either our 100 percent online or evening cohort formats.

Note: This program was recently revised. Disclosure statistics on this program before it was revised indicated 65% of students graduated on time (within 20 months) and graduated with a median loan debt of $32,236.

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.

Online and Evening program disclosures      

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

Request Information Apply for Admission