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Master of Education, Advanced Studies in Elementary Education

The elementary years are about more than classroom instruction. Pursue this program to learn about elements across society that impact elementary schooling and elementary aged children.  


Program Overview

This advanced online master’s in elementary education (MEd) is designed for practicing teachers looking to strengthen their professional knowledge and skill. Through online coursework, students will gain innovative and cutting-edge knowledge in pedagogy, leadership, and action research. 

Program Features

  • Cohort model: Small class sizes and cohort-based learning help to foster a tight-knit community between students and faculty through your two-year program.
  • On-campus, online or hybrid program: Options to complete the entire degree online, with focal areas in advanced practice in elementary education, autism spectrum disorders, or special education.
  • Internationally-renowned faculty: Learn from instructors focused on co-constructing educational experiences with a focus on transformational learning.
  • Innovative curriculum: Designed to deepen the knowledge and practice of practicing,  licensed teachers.
  • Timing options: Course sequence options designed so candidates can obtain a master’s degree in one, two or three years depending on available time to commit to studies.
  • Professional license eligibility: After completing the MEd in elementary education, teachers with an initial license can apply for their professional license if they have met other requirements from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). 
  • Field-based: Unique and exciting one-year full-time field-based learning opportunities to bring educational theory into practice within the context of elementary schools.
  • Exciting full year teaching practicums where students gain experience working in public schools under the supervision of a supervising practitioner. Students can either come as a paraprofessional or are personally assisted in finding a placement.
  • Graduate assistantships: Opportunities to apply for graduate assistantships, grants, and scholarships.


The program is designed to prepare teacher candidates to become successful, culturally responsive, and reflective elementary school educators for grades 1-6 in the diverse public schools of the state of Massachusetts. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that Massachusetts elementary school teachers earn an average annual salary of $71,309. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development projects 141 average annual job openings due to growth and 573 average annual job openings due to replacements for elementary school teachers. 

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Have Questions?

Whether you want to learn more about courses, faculty members or general program information, get in touch with the graduate program coordinator to see what this program has to offer you.

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