Elementary Education (M.Ed.)


The Elementary Education program provides an M.Ed. degree and leads to certification for those who wish to teach in elementary schools.The basic program to achieve these ends is the five-year program in which students begin preparation for teaching at the undergraduate level with a semester of field experience and professional course work in education. Students complete a baccalaureate degree outside of education and move into a fifth year of study and full-year internship which lead to either the M.Ed. degree and licensure for teaching. Students who have already completed a baccalaureate degree may also enter the teacher preparation program at the graduate level. With no prior course work in education, these programs will normally require two years to achieve licensure and a degree.

Admission Criteria

In determining admission of students to teacher education graduate programs, several criteria are used:

  1. The undergraduate record. The undergraduate overall minimum grade point average for admission is 3.0.  The undergraduate grade point average of students admitted to the graduate programs in teacher education is approximately 3.55 (based on 2020 admissions).
  2. Positive recommendations from EDUC 500 Exploring Teaching, EDUC 935A Seminar and Practicum in Teaching or the equivalent and from those able to relay information about a candidate's performance in teaching situations or related areas.
  3. Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) exam scores are required. Applicants must obtain, at a minimum, a qualifying score (as set by the state of New Hampshire at the time of testing) on all three (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) Core exams in order to be considered for admission. Current NH qualifying scores may be found at the ETS Praxis Website under the “Tests required for all licensure areas” page.
  4. Additional required application materials can be found at http://www.gradschool.unh.edu/php/pos.php under programs.

The M.Ed. degree requires a minimum of 32 graduate credits. The exact number of credit hours will depend on the student's academic background, competencies, and professional goals, and will be determined by the adviser.

Any Education course taken for a teacher licensure requirement must be completed with a grade of B- or better.  This applies to any courses from other departments that have been designated as equivalent to an Education course.

Core Requirements

EDUC 500Exploring Teaching4
or EDUC 935A Seminar and Practicum in Teaching
EDUC 605Educational Perspectives in Critical Times4
or EDUC 959 Issues in Education
EDUC 801Human Development & Learning: Cultural Perspectives4
EDUC 803FTeaching Elementary School Science4
EDUC 803MTeaching Elementary Social Studies4
EDUC 806Teaching & Learning Literacy in the Elementary Classroom4
MATH 801Exploring Mathematics for Teachers I3
or MATH 601 Exploring Mathematics for Teachers I
MATH 703Teaching of Mathematics in Grades K-54
EDUC 851AInclusive Elementary Education: Literacies and Learning for Diverse Learners4
Internship (Select one of the following options) 1
EDUC 808
Internship and Seminar in Teaching
and Literacy Assessment for Elementary Classroom Teachers (Fall semester)
EDUC 809
Internship and Seminar in Teaching
and Supporting Readers in Elementary Classrooms (Spring semester)
EDUC 812
Internship and Seminar in Teaching
and Teaching Multilingual Learners 2
or ENGL 815 Teaching English as a Second Language: Theory and Methods
ENGL 816
Internship and Seminar in Teaching
and Curriculum, Materials and Assessment in English as a Second Language 2
Note: All coursework listed above must be completed, therefore some students may exceed the minimum credit requirement while completing the required coursework.
  • GOAL ONE. OUR GRADUATES ARE KNOWLEDGEABLE IN THE SUBJECTS THEY TEACH Outcomes. Our graduates: demonstrate depth of knowledge in their subjects. recognize how knowledge in their subjects is created, organized, and linked to other disciplines. identify the organizing themes and central concepts necessary for understanding a subject. identify associated content necessary for students to understand these themes and concepts.
  • GOAL TWO. OUR GRADUATES ARE COMMITTED TO KNOWING THEIR STUDENTS AND CULTIVATING A COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS. Outcomes. Our graduates: understand how students develop and learn. treat students equitably and work diligently to help each student reach his or her potential. create and maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning. recognize diversity among their students and adjust their practice accordingly. create and maintain an atmosphere fostering mutual respect and caring. cultivate within their own students a recognition and valuing of diversity.
  • GOAL THREE. OUR GRADUATES KNOW HOW TO TEACH SUBJECT MATTER TO STUDENTS. Outcomes. Our graduates: demonstrate specialized knowledge of how to teach subject matter to their students. use multiple approaches to facilitate student learning. create lessons that are engaging and motivating for students. create learning experiences that are appropriately challenging for all students. involve students in thoughtful inquiry and reflection. ensure that students understand the purpose of activities within and across lessons and units.
  • GOAL FOUR. OUR GRADUATES EFFECTIVELY MONITOR STUDENT LEARNING. Outcomes. Our graduates: use multiple strategies to assess students. regularly assess student progress using appropriate measures. demonstrate the ability to make informed decisions about students and their learning based on classroom, district, and state assessments.
  • GOAL FIVE. OUR GRADUATES ARE THOUGHTFUL AND REFLECTIVE PRACTITIONERS WHO LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE. Outcomes. Our graduates: make well-reasoned choices and decisions within the complex and demanding conditions of teaching. analyze the effects of their actions and make appropriate changes. take into account the moral and philosophical implications of educational decisions. improve their practice by reflecting on their own experience, observing others, seeking advice, and drawing upon educational research and scholarship.
  • GOAL SIX. OUR GRADUATES UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF SCHOOL REFORM AND THEIR ROLES AS AGENTS OF CHANGE. Outcomes. Our graduates: assess the relative merits of educational reform efforts and determine their appropriateness to the classroom, school, and broader societal contexts in which teaching and learning occur. develop and articulate their own conceptual and philosophical perspective on teaching and learning based on professional experience and current theories and research in education. develop an understanding of how leadership is informed by varied perspectives on the structure of public education, the nature of educational change, and the teacher's role in the change process. are willing to take risks as advocates for the benefit of students, teachers, and the profession.
  • GOAL SEVEN. OUR GRADUATES ARE ACTIVE MEMBERS OF LEARNING AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITIES. Outcomes. Our graduates: work with colleagues to enhance their own teaching, learning, and professional development. work collaboratively with students, peers, and community members to create and contribute to effective learning environments. participate in professional organizations. continue to pursue avenues of inquiry into the teaching and learning process through study, research, and dialogue.