Master of Arts in Education/ Elementary Teacher Education

Master of Arts in Education/Elementary Teacher Education

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Approx. program length:

21 months



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Master of Arts in Education/Elementary Teacher Education

If you hold a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than education but want to learn the skills to become an effective elementary classroom teacher, our Master of Arts in Education in Elementary Teacher Education is for you. Earn your degree through coursework that’s aligned with national standards.

This elementary education degree program is designed to prepare you for teacher licensure and will help you build confidence as a general studies teacher in an elementary classroom. This master’s program includes a clinical component (field experience and student teaching), allowing candidates to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to positively impact student learning and development. The program aligns with national standards, ensuring candidates attain a quality degree that’s relevant to today’s classroom. Requirements for licensure vary by state. View your state licensure requirements.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Manage a positive classroom environment
  • Promote critical thinking through teaching strategies
  • Instruct based on your understanding of the various stages of child growth and development
  • Apply the theory learned in the classroom to field-based clinical practice throughout the program

Course length:

6 weeks

* Course lengths may vary.

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You’ll need 44-45 credits to complete this Master of Arts in Education/Elementary Teacher Education. Your course schedule may vary based on previous experience, training or transferable credits.

15-16 Core courses

Here’s where you’ll pick up the bulk of your program-specific knowledge. By the time you finish these courses, you should have the confidence and skills needed in an education environment.

1-Student Teaching/Clinical Practice course

During your clinical practice experience — one of the final steps to prepare you to pursue employment in the teaching field — you’ll apply your instruction and classroom management skills full time. Working under the supervision of a classroom teacher and a University of Phoenix faculty advisor, you’ll develop lesson plans, apply instructional knowledge to your teaching, work with diverse student populations and incorporate technology into the classroom.

Program Purpose Statement

The Master of Arts in Education/Elementary Teacher Education is a graduate degree program intended for students with no prior teaching experience for initial teacher licensure. The program is designed for students who want to become elementary school teachers. Candidates for this program have already earned a bachelor’s degree. The program includes a clinical component requiring field experiences and student teaching above and beyond program coursework. There may be additional qualifications and/or disqualifications applicable in order to work as a teacher with any local, state or federal entity. View your state licensure requirements.


Your academic counselor will help you schedule your classes.

Plus, you’ll find plenty of support from our dedicated program support specialists who partner with you during your 100 required hours of field experience and student teaching. Our program support specialists also help you navigate the world of state licensure requirements, elementary teacher certification and any questions or obstacles you encounter along the way.

COE Central

College of Education students will find many helpful resources on COE Central. Program handbooks provide a wealth of information on topics such as professional expectations, clinical experiences, clinical practice, internships, edTPA and much more. Milestone roadmaps, technology and multimedia resources, and various toolkits are also available.

Core courses

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Orientation To Teacher Education mte001
Professional Knowledge, Skills, And Dispositions mte510
Foundations Of The Professional Educator mte516
Child/adolescent Growth, Development, And Learning mte511
Instruction And Assessment For Diverse Learners elm533
Creating An Effective Learning Environment elm532
Structured English Immersion-elementary sei504
Teaching The Exceptional Learner mte512
Evaluation And Data Literacy mte513
Elements Of Literacy Content And Curricular Knowledge elm534
Application Of Research-based Literacy Instruction elm535
Social Studies Content And Curricular Knowledge elm536
Mathematics Content And Curricular Knowledge elm538
Science Content And Curricular Knowledge elm537

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What you’ll learn

When you earn your online Master of Arts in Education/Elementary Teacher Education, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job.

Topics covered in this degree include:

  • Design and implement effective instruction in the elementary classroom to produce a positive impact on student learning
  • Evaluate effective professional practice in elementary education
  • Apply professional ethics to their instructional practices in elementary education
  • Evaluate learning principles to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of diverse elementary student populations
  • Create innovative strategies and incorporate technology in an elementary classroom setting

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What can you do with a Master of Arts in Education/Elementary Teacher Education?

A MAEd/TEd-E can prepare you to be a:

  • Kindergarten teacher
  • Elementary school teacher

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Institutional accreditation

Regional accreditation is an institution-level accreditation status granted by one of six U.S. regional accrediting bodies. Accreditation by more than one regional accrediting body is not permitted by the U.S. Department of Education.

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

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What sets us apart?

When you choose our Master of Arts in Education/Elementary Teacher Education program, you’ll discover:

Dedicated support

You’ll work with education support specialists who will help you prepare for state licensure and other credentialing requirements.

Relevant curriculum

Take one course at a time through a curriculum that includes clinical experience and clinical practice.

District partnerships

We’ll help you with school placements for your clinical experience and clinical practice through our close partnerships with hundreds of school districts nationwide.

Take the next step

It’s time to let your education prepare you for the next phase of your career. You’ve got the will. And with a Master of Arts in Education/Elementary Teacher Education degree that can be completed in as little as 21 months, you’ve got the way.

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