Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Elementary Education

Equips you with the knowledge to nurture young minds and empower them to become lifelong learners

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About This Program

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Elementary Education is offered both online and residential. 

The M.Ed. in Elementary Education prepares teachers to:

  • Develop and engage in appropriate teaching strategies by studying, interacting, practicing, and reflecting
  • Collaborate to identify and meet the broad range of goals for which schools are responsible today
  • Model and encourage students to lead, problem-solve, and pursue lifelong learning
  • Respect and serve culturally diverse populations and communities

What's the difference between an online and residential M.Ed. in Elementary Education?

Students can choose between an online or residential M.Ed. in Elementary Education. Depending on your day-to-day schedule or personal responsibilities, one option may fit better than the other. 

Regardless of your choice, you'll end up with the same degree. But, before you start your journey with Ole Miss, there are some key differences you should consider. 

Online M.Ed. in Elementary Education

The online M.Ed. in Elementary Education is conducted entirely online, offering students tons of flexibility. Students still have access to professors and academic resources online. 

  • Students attending classes online enjoy asynchronous classroom experiences. In other words, online students can attend classes entirely on their own schedule.

Residential M.Ed. in Elementary Education

The residential M.Ed. in Elementary Education is conducted in physical classrooms where students attend in person, allowing for face-to-face interaction with professors and peers. These classes offer a structured environment with immediate access to resources such as libraries and campus life.  

  • Students attending classes on campus enjoy, face to face teaching that can encourage individual growth and the hands-on application of research-based techniques and emerging theory in the classroom.

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    Program Information

    Program Type

    Master's Program

    Area of Study



    2 years


    M.Ed. in Elementary Education

    Program Location



    Required Credit Hours


    M.Ed. in Elementary Education

    M.Ed. in Elementary Education candidates master engaging instructional strategies, effective classroom management techniques, and curriculum development tailored for young minds brimming with curiosity. 

    The M.Ed. in Elementary Education requires the following courses for a total of 30 credit hours.

    To complete the Master of Education in Elementary Education, students must complete:

    • 9 hours of Professional Core Courses
    • 18 hours of Specialization Courses
    • 3 hours of the Capstone Research Project

    Professional Core Courses (9)

    • EDCI 601 Advanced Learning Theory & Practice
    • EDCI 603 Measurement & Evaluation for Classroom Teacher
    • EDCI 614 Teachers as Leaders

    Specialization Courses (18)

    • EDCI 631 Differentiated Instruction
    • EDCI 604 Theoretical Models & Processes of Reading
    • EDCI 605 Exploration & Application of Trends & Curriculum
    • EDCI 606 Comprehensive Wellness & Physical Activity in the Elem Classroom
    • EDCI 607 Theory & Practice in Elementary Science Education
    • EDCI 608 Curricular Issues in Elementary Math Education

    Other Academic Requirements

    M.Ed. in Elementary Education candidates must successfully complete EDCI 630 and have a minimum of 45 hours of advisor-approved field experiences.

    Students applying to the M.Ed. in Elementary Education must meet the following requirements. Students must have:

    • An undergraduate degree with a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours of their coursework.
    • A teaching license OR the results from a national standardized achievement/aptitude test predictive of the ability to complete a graduate program successfully.
      • These may include but aren't limited to: a passing score on the Praxis II Content Field or on the Praxis II PLT, or a competitive GRE score (all sections), or a valid teaching license.

    To properly complete the application process for admission, students must submit all application materials before the following priority deadlines:

    • April 1st (summer admission)
    • May 1st (fall admission)
    • November 1st (spring admission)
    William Joseph Sumrall

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    If you have any questions about the M.Ed. in Elementary Education, don't hesitate to reach out!

    William Joseph Sumrall

    Professor of Elementary Education

    How much more can you make with a master's degree in Elementary Education?


    According to the National Council on Teacher Quality, a "master's degree earns teachers an additional $2,760 in their first year of teaching compared to a bachelor's degree."

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