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: October 15
  • Summer: April 15

Elementary Education, M.Ed.

Our M.Ed. in Elementary Education program is designed for teachers looking for an advanced degree with concentrated study in a specific area through an endorsement. You complete your chosen endorsement as a part of the M.Ed. program, with no additional courses required. Program experiences provide you with instructional capabilities, pedagogical content knowledge and the mindsets needed to serve as effective teachers and teacher leaders in your schools and communities. U.S. News and World Report has ranked us 21st in the higher education graduate category for Elementary Teacher Education.

Open Endorsements

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

Download our program brochure here.
Download our program of study here.
Find our cohort-based endorsements here.

View the Additional Information tab below to learn about opportunities for elementary education majors who are interested in teaching in a Spanish-English dual immersion program.

Elementary Education, M.Ed.

Our M.Ed. in Elementary Education program is designed for teachers looking for an advanced degree with concentrated study in a specific area through an endorsement. You complete your chosen endorsement as a part of the M.Ed. program, with no additional courses required. Program experiences provide you with instructional capabilities, pedagogical content knowledge and the mindsets needed to serve as effective teachers and teacher leaders in your schools and communities. U.S. News and World Report has ranked us 21st in the higher education graduate category for Elementary Teacher Education.

Open Endorsements

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

Download our program brochure here.
Download our program of study here.
Find our cohort-based endorsements here.

View the Additional Information tab below to learn about opportunities for elementary education majors who are interested in teaching in a Spanish-English dual immersion program.

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: October 15
  • Summer: April 15

Program Highlights

  • You become an expert in what you love through your chosen endorsement option
  • “2 for 1” program — as you complete the M.Ed., you also complete the endorsement with no additional courses
  • You may add two credentials to your certificate — the M.Ed. and the endorsement
  • You may enter the program any semester and complete the program at your own pace
  • Combination of face-to-face, hybrid and online instruction, with five of the 12 courses completed in the online/alternative format
  • The kindergarten through fifth-grade mathematics endorsement may lead to a salary supplement, in addition to the supplement for the M.Ed.

Meet Our Students

Careers

We help students become effective teachers and teacher leaders in their schools and communities. Graduates of our program have become instructional coaches, master teachers in their classrooms and grade levels, curriculum specialists, grade-level leaders and chairs, and other roles in schools and districts across metro Atlanta.

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

Select concentration in:

  • Dual Immersion – (accepting applications)
  • Elementary Literacy – (accepting applications)
  • Elementary Literacy in Reading Recovery (applicants must already be accepted in the Reading Recovery Non-Degree program – accepting applications)
  • Elementary Mathematics – (accepting applications)
  • Teacher Support & Coaching – (not currently accepting applications)

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(s): Submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended either electronically to gradapplytranscripts@gsu.edu or by mailing to Georgia State University | Office of Admissions — Graduate School |P.O. Box 4018, Atlanta, GA 30302
  • Proof of meeting teacher 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 for M.Ed. in Elementary Education

A. Professional Studies (9 hours)

These courses may be taken at any time.  Many sections are offered online.  Summers are a good time to complete them.

Select One (3):

  • EPSF 7100 Critical Pedagogy (3)
  • EPSF 7110 Multicultural Education (3)
  • EPSF 7120 Social and Cultural Foundations of Education (3)

Select One (3):

  • EPRS 7900 Methods of Research in Education (3)
  • EPRS 7910 Action Research (3)

Select One (3):

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

B. Elementary Education Core Courses  (9 hours)

These courses are taken with a cohort in a continuous sequence.   Students MUST start the sequence in the fall semester, and the courses run continuously over the fall and spring semesters.  These courses are typically offered on Monday evenings.

Required (9):

  • ECE 7390 Curriculum in the Early Childhood Classroom I- Literacy (3) (register in fall semester)
  • ECE 7400 Curriculum in the Early Childhood Classroom II- Mathematics (3) (register in spring semester)
  • ECE 7410 Critical Issues in Early Childhood Education I (3) (register in fall semester)

C. Concentration (15 hours): Select ONE

Students complete a concentration that can include an Endorsement.  The continuously open Endorsements are K-5 Mathematics and Literacy/Reading.  Students also have the option of a Concentration in Dual Language Immersion (may lead to an Endorsement for teachers with a Level 4 or higher renewable professional certificate in a foreign language field).

Open Endorsements

K-5 Mathematics Endorsement (15 hours)

Endorsement Advisor: Dr. SUSAN SWARS AUSLANDER

Candidates must have 1 year of teaching experience to be eligible to enroll in courses for the K-5 Mathematics Endorsement, but other courses in the program can be completed until then.  The endorsement courses are held on Thursday evenings, with two courses offered in the fall semester (ECE 7393 and ECE 7395) and two courses offered in the spring semester (ECE 7396 and ECE 7394).

  

Required (15):

  • ECE 7393 Whole Number and Operations in the Elementary Classroom (3) (register in fall semester)
  • ECE 7394 Geometry and Measurement in the Elementary Classroom (3) (register in spring semester)
  • ECE 7395 Rational Number and Algebra in the Elementary Classroom (3) (register in fall semester)
  • ECE 7396 Data Analysis and Probability in the Elementary Classroom (3) (register in spring semester)
  • ECE 7740 Internship 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 the student for the K-5 Mathematics Endorsement.

Elementary Literacy/Reading Endorsement (15 hours)

Faculty Contact:  Dr. TERESA FISHER ARI

              

Required (6):

  • EDRD 7630 Literacy in the Content Area (3)* (typically offered summer semester)
  • ECE 7740 Internship 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 (3):*

  • EDRD 6600 Introduction to Methods of Reading Instruction (3)
  • EDRD 7600 Theory and Pedagogy of Reading (3) (typically offered fall semester [on-campus] or spring semester [online])

Select One (3):*

  • EDRD 7550 Linking Literacy Assessment &Classroom Instruction (3)
  • EDRD 7650 Individual Literacy Assessment (3) (typically offered fall semester or spring semester, EDRD 7600 is a prerequisite)

Select One (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 advisor.

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

Open Concentration

Dual Language Immersion (15 hours)

Faculty Contact:  Dr. CATHY AMANTI and Mr. CHRISTIAN VALDEZ

Required (15):

  • ECE 7730 Perspectives on Child Development for Culturally and Linguistically
  • Diverse Students (3)
  • ECE 7440 Biliteracy: Literacy Development in Multilingual Settings (3)
  • ECE 7397 Elementary Mathematics in Dual Immersion Settings (3)
  • ECE 7750 Content-Based Curricula, Instruction, and Assessment for Dual Immersion Classrooms (3)
  • ECE 7740 Internship in Early Childhood Classroom (3)

D. Capstone (3)

The Capstone course is completed the final semester in which the student plans to graduate and with the approval of the advisor.  For students to take this course, they must have completed ALL Elementary Education Core Courses and Endorsement Courses.   

Required (3):

  • ECE 7800 Capstone Experience (3)

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.

Cost Calculator

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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.

Opportunity for Elementary Education Majors Interested in Teaching in a Spanish-English Dual Immersion Program

Are you interested in teaching in an elementary school with a Spanish-English dual immersion program? Our department received a federal grant (ESCUELA) that provides financial and other types of support to eligible Spanish-speaking elementary education majors who want to become dual immersion teachers. To learn more about dual immersion education visit the website. If you’re interested, contact Cathy Amanti at camanti@gsu.edu.

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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