What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 36 semester hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: Oct. 15
  • Summer: April 15

Elementary Education, M.Ed.

Our elementary education M.Ed. program is designed for teachers looking for an advanced degree in specific areas. We especially focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas.

Open Endorsements

  • Kindergarten through 5th grade mathematics endorsement
  • Dual language endorsement (only for M.Ed. applicants who currently hold a Foreign Language Education Certificate from the state of Georgia, otherwise M.Ed. applicants can choose this as a concentration)
  • Reading endorsement

Cohort Only Endorsements

These endorsements must have a cohort of 10 or more teachers signed up:

  • Teacher support and coaching endorsement
  • Kindergarten through 5th grade science endorsement
  • STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) endorsement

This endorsement and certificate are completed as part of the Reading Recovery Program:

  • Coaching Endorsement
  • Literacy Coach Certificate

Open Concentration

  • Dual language concentration

Elementary Education, M.Ed.

Our elementary education M.Ed. program is designed for teachers looking for an advanced degree in specific areas. We especially focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas.

Open Endorsements

  • Kindergarten through 5th grade mathematics endorsement
  • Dual language endorsement (only for M.Ed. applicants who currently hold a Foreign Language Education Certificate from the state of Georgia, otherwise M.Ed. applicants can choose this as a concentration)
  • Reading endorsement

Cohort Only Endorsements

These endorsements must have a cohort of 10 or more teachers signed up:

  • Teacher support and coaching endorsement
  • Kindergarten through 5th grade science endorsement
  • STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) endorsement

This endorsement and certificate are completed as part of the Reading Recovery Program:

  • Coaching Endorsement
  • Literacy Coach Certificate

Open Concentration

  • Dual language concentration

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 36 semester hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: Oct. 15
  • Summer: April 15

Program Highlights

The program engages you in comprehensive exploration, research and practice in diverse elementary classrooms, with concentrated study in your chosen endorsement. Experiences provide you with pedagogical content knowledge, instructional capabilities and mindsets needed to serve as effective teachers and teacher leaders in your schools and communities.

The program includes 12 courses, five of which may be completed online/alternative format. You may enter the program any semester and complete the program at your own pace. The kindergarten through 5th grade mathematics and science endorsements require one year of teaching experience and the teacher support and coaching endorsement requires three years of teaching experience. With these endorsements requiring teaching experience, other courses in the master’s program may be completed before then. The kindergarten through 5th grade mathematics and science endorsements may lead to additional salary supplements from the state.

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Careers

We help students become effective teachers and teacher leaders in their schools and communities.

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

Select concentration in:

  • Dual Immersion
  • Elementary Literacy
  • Elementary Literacy in Reading Recovery
  • Elementary Mathematics
  • Teacher Support & Coaching – (this concentration is not available at this time — please check back for future application deadlines)

When applying to the Elementary Education, M.Ed. program, you will need to submit the following:

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with the application)
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • One Letter of Recommendation (from supervisor; identify your recommender on the application)
  • Official Transcript: minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA required for admission
    • submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Proof of meeting certification requirements in Georgia

Note:

Interviews will be conducted by department faculty. You will be notified if you are selected for an interview.

Program of Study

Professional Studies (9)
Select One Course (3):

Select One Course (3):

Select One Course (3):

  • EPY 7080 The Psychology of Learning and Learners (3)
  • EPY 7090 The Psychology of Learning and Learners: The Young Child (3)

Elementary Education Core (9)
Required (9):
Students must enroll in the ECE core courses (ECE 7390, ECE 7400 and ECE 7410) as part of a cohort beginning in the fall semester of a year and complete over fall/spring/summer in consecutive semesters. Order of the courses may vary.

  • ECE 7390 Curriculum in the Early Childhood Classroom I (3)
  • ECE 7400 Curriculum in the Early Childhood Classroom II (3)
  • ECE 7410 Critical Issues in Early Childhood Education I (3)

Concentration (15): Select one concentration

Dual immersion concentration (15)

To be eligible for the dual immersion endorsement, candidates must be certified in P-12 foreign language education and successfully complete ECE 7397, ECE 7440, ECE 7730 and ECE 7750.

Required (12):

  • ECE 7397 Elementary Mathematics in Dual Immersion Settings (3)
  • ECE 7440 Biliteracy: Literacy development in Multilingual Settings (3)
  • ECE 7730 Perspectives on Child Development for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (3)
  • ECE 7750 Content-Based Curricula, Instruction and Assessment for Dual Immersion Classrooms (3)

Select One Course (3):

  • ECE 7740 Internship in Early Childhood Classroom I (3)
  • FORL 6030 Teaching Diverse World Language Learners – Field Experience (3)

Elementary literacy concentration (15)
Required (6):

  • EDRD 7630 Literacy in the Content Area (3)*
  • ECE 7740 Internship in Early Childhood Education Classroom I (3)

Students must enroll in ECE 7740 concurrent with one of the following courses: EDRD 7630, EDRD 6600, EDRD 7600, EDRD 7550 or EDRD 7650.

Select One Course (3):*

  • EDRD 6600 Introduction to Materials and Methods in Reading Instruction (3)
  • EDRD 7600 Theory and Pedagogy in the Study of Literacy (3)

Select One Course (3):*

  • EDRD 7550 Literacy Assessment and Curriculum Development (3)
  • EDRD 7650 Individualized Literacy Assessment and Instruction (3)

Select One Course (3):

  • ECE 7280 Early Writing Development (3)
  • ECE 7580 Language Foundations of Literacy Learning: From Acquiring Oral Language to Reading Words (3)
  • EDRD 7260 Early Literacy Development and Instruction (3)
  • Other courses as approved by the concentration advisor.

*Successful completion of EDRD 7630 and EDRD 6600 or EDRD 7600 and EDRD 7550 or EDRD 7650 and the reading endorsement portfolio qualifies an individual for the reading endorsement at the level of the base certificate.

Elementary literacy concentration in Reading Recovery (15)

  • This concentration includes a fixed sequence of required courses (ECE 7360, ECE 7370 and ECE 7380) with enrollment fall through spring term.
  • Successful completion of ECE 7360, ECE 7370 and ECE 7380 qualifies the individual for the reading endorsement at the level of the base certificate.
  • Prior to enrolling in the required Reading Recovery courses, the student must submit a school district or consortia site application or the school of employment must be an approved Reading Recovery site.
  • The student must complete the Observation Survey Institute in the summer semester prior to enrolling in the required course sequence.

Required (9):

  • ECE 7360 Reading Recovery Clinical For Teachers I (3)
  • ECE 7370 Reading Recovery Clinical for Teachers II (3)
  • ECE 7380 Reading Recovery Clinical for Teachers III (3)

Select Two Courses (6):

  • ECE 7280 Early Writing Development (3)
  • ECE 7580 Language Foundations of Literacy Learning: From Acquiring Oral Language to Reading Words (3)
  • EDRD 7260 Early Literacy Development and Instruction (3)
  • ECE 8400 Teacher Development (3) (students must have completed ECE 7390, ECE 7400, ECE 7410 and six hours in the content concentration before enrolling in this course)
  • ECE 8680 Internship in Teacher Support (3) (prerequisite is ECE 8400)
  • Other courses as approved by the concentration advisor

Elementary mathematics education concentration (15)

Candidates must have one year of teaching experience to be eligible to enroll in the mathematics concentration courses for the K-5 mathematics endorsement.

Required (15):

  • ECE 7393 Numbers and Operations in the Elementary Classroom (3)
  • ECE 7394 Geometry and Measurement in the Elementary Classroom (3)
  • ECE 7395 Rational Numbers and Algebra in the Elementary Classroom (3)
  • ECE 7396 Data Analysis and Probability in the Elementary Classroom (3)
  • ECE 7740 Internship in Early Childhood Classroom I (3) (students must enroll in ECE 7740 concurrent with one of the following courses: ECE 7393, ECE 7394, ECE 7395 or ECE 7396)

Successful completion of ECE 7393, ECE 7394, ECE 7395, ECE 7396 and ECE 7740 qualifies an individual for the K-5 mathematics endorsement.

Elementary science education concentration (15)
Candidates must have one year of teaching experience to be eligible to enroll in the science concentration courses for the K-5 science endorsement.

Required (12):

Successful completion of ECE 8420, ECE 8430, ECE 8440 and ECE 7740 qualifies an individual for the K-5 science endorsement.

Select One Course (3):

  • ECE 7396 Data Analysis and Probability in the Elementary Classroom (3)
  • Other courses as approved by the concentration advisor

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) concentration (15)

Successful completion of ECE 6657, ECE 6360, ECE 6380 and ECE 6387 may qualify an individual for the ESOL endorsement.

Required (12):

  • ECE 6657 ESOL: Student Teaching (3)
  • ECE 6360 Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (3)
  • ECE 6380 Foundations of Literacy Instruction for Young Children (3)
  • ECE 6387 ESOL: Language Acquisition (3)

Select One Course (3):

  • ECE 7280 Early Writing Development (3)
  • ECE 7393 Numbers and Operations in the Elementary Classroom (3)
  • ECE 7394 Geometry and Measurement in the Elementary Classroom (3)
  • ECE 7395 Rational Numbers and Algebra in the Elementary Classroom (3)
  • ECE 7396 Data Analysis and Probability in the Elementary Classroom (3)
  • ECE 7580 Language Foundations of Literacy Learning: From Acquiring Oral Language to Reading Words (3)
  • ECE 8420 Essentials of Elementary Science (3)
  • ECE 8430 Mastery of Elementary Science (3)
  • ECE 8440 Leadership in Elementary Science (3)
  • ECE 8450 Nature of STEM (3)
  • ECE 8455 STEM Project-based Instruction (3)
  • ECE 8660 STEM Field Experience (3)
  • ECE 8680 Internship in Teacher Support (3)

STEM concentration (15)

Successful completion of ECE 8450, ECE 8455 and ECE 8660 may qualify an individual for the STEM endorsement.

Required (9):

Select Two Courses (6):

  • ECE 7393 Numbers and Operations in the Elementary Classroom (3)
  • ECE 7394 Geometry and Measurement in the Elementary Classroom (3)
  • ECE 7395 Rational Numbers and Algebra in the Elementary Classroom (3)
  • ECE 7396 Data Analysis and Probability in the Elementary Classroom (3)
  • ECE 8420 Essentials of Elementary Science (3)
  • ECE 8430 Mastery of Elementary Science (3)
  • ECE 8440 Leadership in Elementary Science (3)

Teacher support and coaching endorsement concentration (15)

Candidates must have three years of teaching experience to be eligible to enroll in the six hours of teacher support and coaching endorsement courses. Successful completion of the endorsement courses (ECE 8400 and ECE 8680) qualify an individual for the stand-alone teacher support and coaching endorsement.

Required (6):

Select Three Courses (9):

  • ECE 7393 Numbers and Operations in the Elementary Classroom (3)
  • ECE 7394 Geometry and Measurement in the Elementary Classroom (3)
  • ECE 7395 Rational Numbers and Algebra in the Elementary Classroom (3)
  • ECE 7396 Data Analysis and Probability in the Elementary Classroom (3)
  • ECE 8420 Essentials of Elementary Science (3)
  • ECE 8430 Mastery of Elementary Science (3)
  • ECE 8440 Leadership in Elementary Science (3)
  • ECE 7280 Early Writing Development (3)
  • ECE 7580 Language Foundations of Literacy Learning: From Acquiring Oral Language to Reading Words (3)

Capstone (3)
Required (3):

The capstone course is completed during the final semester in which the student plans to graduate and with the approval of the concentration advisor.

Program total: Minimum of 36 semester hours

Funding Your Graduate Education

Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school. Georgia State University is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, from assistantships to fellowships.

Awards and Assistantships

Various awards, assistantships and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students. We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.

Fellowships

The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

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Description

Endorsements

The endorsement options may also be completed as standalone programs. Or, if you have already completed an M.Ed., there are opportunities for the endorsement courses to count toward other graduate degrees such as the Ed.D. Once you complete the required courses for your endorsement, you should submit the CEHD Endorsement

Endorsement Completion Form

Learn more about our endorsements and concentrations »

Future Immersion Teacher (FIT) Fellowship

The Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education is a partner with the Future Immersion Teacher (FIT) Fellowship. The FIT Fellowship is an initiative of the French government’s Dual Language Fund, launched by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and the FACE Foundation. Qualified French-speaking students enrolled in either the MEd in Elementary Education with a concentration in Dual Language Education program or the ECE Dual Immersion Early Childhood Education Endorsement program may apply for this Fellowship. For more information, visit the FIT Fellowship website or contact Cathy Amanti, Ph.D.

Additional information

campus

Atlanta Campus

Contacts

Program Coordinator
Susan Swars Auslander
sswars@gsu.edu
404-413-8224
Questions should be directed to eceeadmissions@gsu.edu.

Early Childhood and Elementary Education
ecemail@gsu.edu
404-413-8020

Mailing Address & Office Location
College of Education & Human Development, Suite 550
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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