Master of Arts in Education/Elementary Education

If you're considering becoming an elementary school teacher, there's no better time to make the transition. Employment of kindergarten, elementary, middle and secondary school teachers is expected to grow by 13% between 2008 and 2018.*

Earning your Master of Arts in Education/Elementary Education degree from University of Phoenix can help you master the skills you need to foster children's academic and social development.

Through course work, field experiences and student teaching, this degree program prepares you to competently lead your own classroom and develop the skill-set that school administrators appreciate.

Bring Your Life Experience to the Classroom

You may have a degree in another field. You may even have been working outside of education for five, 10, 20 years—but now want to give back in a different way, one that will influence an up-and-coming generation. Our Master of Arts in Education/Elementary Education degree can help you do that. In many states, our graduate-level Elementary Education degree program educationally prepares you for licensure or certification as an elementary school teacher.**

Today's young minds can benefit from the unique life experiences you could bring to their classroom—especially at such a critical time in their lives.

Elementary Education Curriculum for the Real World

The curriculum in the Elementary Education degree program:

  • Covers teaching methods in subjects ranging from history, science and math to the arts, reading and physical education
  • Addresses diverse student populations, including special education and English language learners
  • Fosters your professional growth by putting the theories and practices you learn into action through the student teaching component in elementary school settings

Get Practical Teaching Experience

Our Elementary Education degree program provides you with real-world experience through required field experiences and the student-teaching component. Both combine to help ensure that, when you graduate, you'll have the tools and practical experience to teach in your own classroom.

Contact an enrollment advisor today to learn more about enrolling in the Master of Arts in Education/Elementary Education degree program.

More Master's in Education Degrees

Our Education degree programs are designed to serve the needs of initial and experienced P-12 teachers, and adult educators who want to enhance their knowledge and practice of adult learning theory.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition. "Teachers—Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary."

** University of Phoenix initial degree programs lead to teaching certification (Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Level, Secondary and Special Education) in certain states. The College of Education offers state-approved initial programs in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia. University of Phoenix advanced degree programs (Administration & Supervision, Curriculum & Instruction/Reading, and Teacher Leadership) may lead to certification in some states. The College of Education offers state-approved advanced programs in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia. Individual programs vary by state, and not all programs are available at all locations or in both online and on-campus modalities.

Candidates may request an institutional recommendation upon successful completion of their program (academic and program requirements). Candidates should check with their state agency for any state-specific requirements, including the acceptability of the University's initial programs in any state in which they intend to seek licensure or certification. Program requirements are subject to change based on state certification requirements. Please speak to a campus representative for a listing of programs available at each campus location.

The Master of Arts in Education program, with options in Elementary Teacher Education and Secondary Teacher Education, has been approved for initial accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) from December 20, 2007 to December 20, 2013. For additional information, visit teac.org.

University of Phoenix initial degree programs lead to teaching certification (Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Level, Secondary and Special Education) in certain states. The College of Education offers state-approved initial programs in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia. University of Phoenix advanced degree programs (Administration & Supervision, Curriculum & Instruction/Reading, and Teacher Leadership) may lead to certification in some states. The College of Education offers state-approved advanced programs in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia. Individual programs vary by state, and not all programs are available at all locations or in both online and on-campus modalities.

Candidates may request an institutional recommendation upon successful completion of their program (academic and program requirements). Candidates should check with their state agency for any state-specific requirements, including the acceptability of the University's initial programs in any state in which they intend to seek licensure or certification. Program requirements are subject to change based on state certification requirements. Please speak to a campus representative for a listing of programs available at each campus location.

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