Elementary Education Degree Programs

Most Master’s programs in Elementary Education are designed to advance the knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential to be competent and effective elementary school teachers. In some states “elementary” is defined as K-6. In many other states, it is K-8.

Many such programs are designed for applicants who already hold a baccalaureate K-6 teaching license or who are about to receive their license. Other programs are designed for those interested in becoming an elementary teacher.

These programs typically focus on several types of knowledge:

  • Content knowledge
  • Professional knowledge
  • Pedagogical knowledge

Typical programs advance the educator’s competencies in curriculum development, learner evaluation, and instructional design. Participants in the programs gain understanding of the diverse nature of learners and society in general. They learn ways to enhance learning through the use of technology.