M.S. in Elementary Education (Non Teacher Certification) GA2

Program Options/Extensions:
In addition to taking the core program outlined below, students may want to consider supplementing their program to achieve other goals and pursue additional certification. Each option enhancement has specific prerequisites and/or course requirements in addition to the requirements for the GA2 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Additional Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching and Leadership [UT1] (3+ Additional Credits)
  • Additional Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching in K-12 Schools [OT3] (3+ Additional Credits)
  • Advanced Certificate in Online Teaching [OT1] (3+ Additional Credits)
  • Advanced Certificate in Teacher Leadership [LT1] (3+ Additional Credits)
  • Optional Advanced Certificate in Program Evaluation [EV1] (3+ Additional Credits)

Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 30 credits. The detailed M.S. in Elementary Education (Non Teacher Certification) GA2 Program of Study Form shows the additional requirements for the program option(s)/extension(s). When you meet with your advisor, you will complete a detailed program plan for M.S. in Elementary Education (Non Teacher Certification) GA2

Entry Level Courses   

Up to 10 credits in graduate-level coursework in education or related fields may be transferred in prior to matriculating into the Master’s degree program if approved by the faculty advisor. These transfer credits can fulfill an elective requirement or be a direct substitution of a required course. Required courses that are part of accreditation assessments cannot be substituted.

Required Core Courses   
ED406 Master's Research Methods

Choose one signature foundation course - possible choices include, but are not limited to:
ED404 Teaching, Curriculum, and Change
EDU442 Race, Class, Gender, and Disability in American Education
ED437 Diversity and Equity in Higher Education
EDE436 Diversity and Equity in Education

Specialization Courses   
EDU498 Literacy Learning as Social Practice

Choose at least 2 methods courses at the elementary school level for a total of 6 credits; choices include:
EDU427 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Literacy in School
EDU428 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Social Studies in Elementary School
EDU429 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Science in Elementary School
EDU430 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Elementary School
EDU480A Theory and Practice of Teaching and Learning the Arts in Elementary School (Part 1) (2 credits)
EDU480B Theory and Practice of Teaching and Learning the Arts in Elementary School (Part 2) (1 credit)

Teaching and Learning Electives   

Choose at least 2 electives for 6 credits addressing a range of learning and teaching issues; possible choices include any of the foundations and specialization electives as well as:
ED405 Assessment in Instructional Contexts
ED409 Language and Literacy in Education
ED446 Collaborative Teaching Partnerships in Inclusive Classrooms
ED447 Disability and Schools
ED451 Teaching and Learning in Inclusive Classrooms
ED457 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Characteristics and Educational Issues
ED516 Designing and Evaluating Professional Development
ED582 Critical Literacy
EDE422 Motivation in Human Development
EDE476 Teaching English Learners in Content Classrooms
EDE477 Teaching and Learning in the Content Areas
EDE484 Online Teaching and Learning
EDU433 Integrating Social Studies and Literacy
EDU464 Child Development and Learning in Context (ages 5 to 12)
EDU482 Integrating Mathematics and Literacy
EDU487 Integrating Science and Literacy
EDU497 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Health Care Settings

Other Electives   

Choose 3 electives for at least 9 credits. Possible choices include any of the foundations and specialization electives or other relevant Warner School courses, as well as:
EDU414 American Educational and Linguistic Practices
ED491 Independent Study in Education -Master’s Level (variable credits)


Students interested in also pursuing one or more Advanced Certificates -- see Optional Enhancements section -- can reduce the number of additional credits needed to meet these programs' requirements by choosing electives appropriately. Please note, though, that EDF courses cannot count towards the minimum of 30 credits of coursework required by this program, and more generally, any additional Advanced Certificate awarded is required to have a minimum of 3 credits of unique coursework or internships (that is, credits that have not also been used towards another degree or certificate). Be sure to discuss options with your advisor early in your program.

Other Requirements:

In addition to the coursework indicated above, in order to graduate and to receive the certification(s)/licensure (if any) you are seeking this program has additional requirements. Please note that in some cases, while our program will provide you with all the academic experiences required for the certification you seek, there may be some additional requirements that you will have to complete independently and outside of our program in order to be granted that certification/licensure (ex: completing a certain number of years of mentored experiences or completing exams).

    Required for Program Completion
  • B.A. or B.S. Degree
  • Master's Essay or Thesis