Master of Education in Elementary Education
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You probably caught the spark before college, in the form of a teacher with a passion for history who made stories come alive with his or her enthusiasm. Maybe it was a math teacher that transformed an otherwise mundane subject into a fascinating world of problems and solutions. Your passion for teaching might have emerged after a long stint in the professional world. One thing is clear. You are ready to be the most influential and effective elementary school teacher you can be. Your commitment couldn’t come at a better time. Public and private classrooms across America desperately need educators who are just as concerned about each student’s well-being as they are about test scores.
As a follower of Christ, your impact in the classroom comes from a higher calling: to find the good in each student and foster that good into a thriving, successful learner. With professors that meld decades of experience in teaching and educational leadership, Southeastern gives you a fertile environment in which to foster your calling.
Southeastern’s Master of Education in Elementary Education offers you concentrated training in the areas that matter most to your development as an influential, successful educator. In our teaching methods courses, you’ll learn the newest and most innovative ways to teach material in all the major subject areas: reading and language arts, health, science, math, creative arts, and social studies. In your study of human development, you'll learn about the cognitive, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of children and how to nurture the unique gifts your students possess. Your measurement and assessment classes will take you inside the world of testing. You’ll learn how to create effective tests that target each student’s critical thinking abilities, analyze the results of those tests, and retool your testing strategies based on your analysis. In your curriculum classes, you’ll find out how to critically evaluate teaching manuals provided to you by your school administration and by publishers, how to create a curriculum, and how to refine your curricula in a way that can better meet the needs of your students.
Your training will conclude with one of four final projects of your choice:
• Portfolio for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards(NBPTS): Semester-long compilation of your work to demonstrate your achievement of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. It includes reflection papers and analysis of your teaching style. National certification by NBPTS allows you to teach in any state you’d like.
• Curriculum creation project: Create a curriculum for a school of your choice. Several students have created curriculum for the Rafiki Project, an international non-profit that gives free schooling to orphans in seven African countries.
• Action-research project: Puts your outside-the-box ideas into action. Implement a new teaching strategy in your classroom and record the results from beginning to end.
• Master’s thesis: A more traditional project in which you research an area of teaching, review books on the subject, and develop a research paper.
At Your Own Pace
Earning the Master of Education in Elementary Education at Southeastern requires 11 online courses (36 credit hours), completed within your own time frame. Each course is eight weeks long and requires, on average, eight to ten hours of work per week. Each semester (including the summer), Southeastern offers multiple courses every eight weeks. Students can take one, two, three, or four courses per semester. After each semester, you can choose either to take the next course—or courses—or to stop for a while. If you put yourself on a fast track—three to four courses every semester—your fourth semester (16 months from when you began) will end in graduation. If a more leisurely pace suits your circumstances, you can take as long as you like. The choice is completely up to you.
A Master of Education in Elementary Education will open the doors for you to impact both students and educators. Graduates from the elementary education program have gone on to teach in universities and community colleges. They’ve been hired as curriculum coordinators and reading specialists at elementary schools. Our graduates have landed careers in other areas as well:
• Curriculum writer for a school, a school district, or a publishing company
• Area administrator for a school district
• Working in staff development for a school district
• Starting your own tutoring company
• Writing test material for a scholastic testing company
• Participating in local and state education committees
Interested in looking more closely at our Master of Education in Elementary Education? Click here to request more information or contact our admission counselor. You can also contact the program coordinator, Dr. Patty LeBlanc, at firstname.lastname@example.org.