Make an impact in your elementary classroom and learn how to help your students become successful, thriving learners.
Take your classroom instruction to the next level with Southeastern University’s online MEd in Elementary Education. Designed for teachers who already have a bachelor’s degree, you’ll discover innovative, modern teaching methods and time-tested fundamentals for teaching any subject area, while learning from faculty who have decades of experience in education. This combination of practical experience and academic excellence has made our College of Education graduates highly sought after by employers.
Key topics explored in the curriculum of the master’s in elementary education online degree include:
- Cognitive, affective and psychomotor development in PreK-12 students
- Learning theory and its application in the classroom
- Curriculum development with an understanding of diverse learners
- Student assessment and the role it plays in effective teaching
- Development, administration and analysis of test results
- Qualitative and quantitative research in educational environments
- Classroom strategies for teaching exceptional students
Additionally, our master’s in elementary education online program will allow you to explore advanced teaching methods in a variety of areas of study, including literacy, language arts, science, math, creative arts and social studies.
Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.
Courses and Requirements
Our master’s in elementary education online program consists of 36 credits. Thirty credits are dedicated to the core curriculum of the degree. An additional six credits of graduate level electives in either EDUC, ESED or TESL are required.
Students who wish to enroll in Southeastern University’s MEd in elementary education program must:
- Have earned a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 from a regionally accredited college or university OR
- Hold an official GRE score OR
- Have three years of teaching experience
Course Number Course Title Description Credits EDUC 5013 Human Development This course is an in-depth exploration of cognitive, affective, and psychomotor development in PreK-12 students and focuses on applications of learning theory to teaching practice. 3 EDUC 5023 Curriculum and Diverse Learners This course acquaints teachers with the principles of the Understanding by Design curriculum development model attributed to McTighe and Wiggins. 3 EDUC 5033 Advanced Methods of Teaching Reading & Language Arts This course addresses critical topics in teaching reading and language arts in the elementary school. Practicing teachers will review current research on reading and language arts instruction and determine ways research can inform and direct instruction and classroom practice. 3 EDUC 5053 Advanced Methods of Teaching Science This course emphasizes themes in elementary science education, theories of learning, teaching strategies, and ways to connect science to the world beyond the classroom. 3 EDUC 5063 Advanced Methods of Teaching Math This course is designed to build teachers' ability to provide high quality, rigorous math education in the elementary school by focusing on the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. 3 EDUC 5073 Advanced Methods of Teaching Creative Arts This course is an in-depth look at methods for integrating all of the arts to enhance student learning. 3 EDUC 5083 Advanced Methods of Teaching Social Studies This course emphasizes themes in elementary social studies, theories of learning, teaching strategies, and ways to connect social studies to the world beyond the classroom. The course is also designed to meet the National Board of Professional Teachers Standards (NBPTS), facilitate the completion of the teaching portfolio for NBPTS, and pass the NBPTS exams leading to Middle Childhood Generalist certification. 3 EDUC 5193 Measurement and Assessment Measurement of student learning plays an important role in the instructional process; its effectiveness depends heavily on the ability of teachers to accurately assess learning outcomes. This course is designed to assist teachers to construct and select tests and assessments that meet instructional goals, to analyze and interpret test results, and to use measurement to inform and evaluate instruction. 3 EDUC 5113 Educational Research Candidates will become analytic consumers of qualitative and quantitative research and learn how to conduct research in educational settings. 3 ESED 5313 Foundations of ESE This course is a survey of learner exceptionalities, with particular emphasis on educational legislation and the field of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) in the K-12 setting. This course focuses on the foundations of special education and exposes students to the continuous improvement of the field. 3
Choose two graduate-level courses (5000-plus level) in EDUC, ESED or TESL.
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||$375 per credit hour||$13,500|
|Technology Fee||$150 per semester||$600|
|General Student Fee||$150 per semester||$600|
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated three to four semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 866.858.6290 or request more information.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.
At SEU, we want to help make your online education even more affordable, so we offer a variety of financial aid options. About 98 percent of our students receive scholarships and/or grants, and including student loans, the average financial aid award is more than $27,000.Learn More
Our master’s in elementary education online program provides you with the necessary skills to pursue your calling. Some of the potential career outcomes include:
- Elementary Teacher
- Elementary Administrator
- Curriculum Coordinator
Frequently Asked Questions
- We offer six start dates throughout the year, so you can begin classes when it’s most convenient for you. To view start dates and other important dates, view our Academic Calendar.
- Because our online tuition rate is already discounted, we do not offer additional internal scholarships. However, we encourage you to apply for external scholarships. Connect with your tuition planner for additional information.
- We accept transfer credit all the way up to the master's degree level and offer free transfer credit evaluations. Transfer credits are accepted from regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as institutions accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. We also accept transfer credits from nationally accredited or unaccredited institutions if an articulation agreement exists. For information, view our Transfer Policy.
- As an online student, you're still part of a community. We have enrollment counselors, advisors and tuition planners who will work closely with you for the duration of your program. You’ll also have access to our tutoring services, career services and the online library.
Benefits of Learning Online
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