M.Ed. Concentration in Elementary Education

College of Education - Department of Education

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a concentration in Elementary Education prepares teachers who hold a Massachusetts Initial License in elementary education to move to the Professional License. The program prepares students with the content knowledge and strategies appropriate for teaching in elementary classrooms in the 21 st century.

Program Requirements

The degree requires successful completion of ten (10) courses, which are divided into four (4) core courses, four (4) content courses, and two (2) curriculum specific courses and an oral comprehensive examination. The professional portfolio, based upon the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Professional Standards for Licensure, must be completed and submitted to the advisory of the Elementary Education program at least one week prior to the oral comprehensive examination. The examination is taken in the last semester of study.

Prerequisite: Upper level undergraduate or graduate level/literacy course within the past 5 years or LTRC 907 Literacy Instruction.

Education Core Courses (4)

  • EDUC 991 Philosophy of Education and Teaching Practice
  • EDUC 998 Language Developments and Communication
  • EDUC 999 Research and Evaluation (recommended after completion of three Content/Concentration courses)
  • LTRC 901 Integrating the Language Arts

Content Courses (4)

  • Four (4) elective graduate content courses approved by the program advisor. Choose from the following academic disciplines: art, biology, chemistry, earth science, English, English as a Second Language, foreign language, geography, history, mathematics, physics, or political science.

Curriculum Specific Courses (2) – Choose Two:

  • EDUC 927 Advanced Teaching Strategies
  • ENGL 930 Workshop in Children’s Literature
  • INST 941 Internet for 21st Century Teaching and Learning
  • INST 943 Impact of Technology on Education
  • SPED 956 Curriculum Development and Modification
  • SPED 962 Developmental Patterns of Children with Moderate Disabilities


Admission Requirements

The applicant must:

  • Complete the online graduate admission application
  • Submit the $50.00 application fee
  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Have an Initial Teaching License in Elementary Education.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate quality point average of 2.80 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation submitted on the Framingham State University Letter of Recommendation form and sent directly to the University’s Graduate Admissions office by the recommender. One letter must be from an employer or supervisor, and the other must be from a faculty member who has taught the candidate at collegiate level if the candidate attended classes in the last five years;
  • Submit a typed, 300-word personal statement discussing their motivation for seeking a master’s degree in view of prior formal education, current job responsibilities, and career plans;
  • Submit satisfactory scores on the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record Examination General Test.


Effective as of the 2016-2017 Graduate Catalog