Master of Education - Elementary Education

The concentration area of Elementary Education is designed to serve those elementary school teachers who wish to remain in the classroom as master teachers. Some Elementary Education graduates go on to become mentor teachers. The 30-hour program consists of 24 hours of core content and six (6) hours of electives from professional areas.


The applicant must meet the general admissions criteria for the Graduate School. In addition, the program in elementary education requires that all individuals majoring in elementary education hold a current Professional Certificate certifying eligibility to teach in the elementary school and middle school.


The graduate elementary education student will:

  1. Identify, develop, and demonstrate knowledge of instructional best practices in the field of elementary education.
  2. Demonstrate and articulate an increased comprehension of the psychological foundations and their implications for education, as applied to current educational problems.
  3. Demonstrate research knowledge and skills necessary to plan and complete a seminar paper as defined by Bowie State University.
  4. Demonstrate competence in the management and use of information systems and computers.
  5. Identify and assess programs, which have been shown to be effective in working with handicapped, high-risk, and other categories of diverse students.
  6. Understand and apply state and national standards, as espoused by the Learned Societies, to all areas of the curriculum.
  7. Understand and apply the five Core Propositions advocated by the National board of Professional Teaching Standards, throughout the curriculum.
  8. Understand Best Practice in the area of performance assessment in all content area curricula.
  9. Understand current brain research as it relates to teaching and learning.
  10. Demonstrate high levels of the professional knowledge and dispositions that are embedded within the graduate program and that allow functioning as academic scholars and effective practitioners.


The requirements of the degree program include the completion of 30 credit hours, a written comprehensive examination, and a written seminar paper. The written comprehensive examination may not be taken before the student has completed a minimum of 24 credit hours. Before enrolling in the final course, EDUC 863 Seminar in Elementary Education, the student must have been advanced to candidacy and passed the written comprehensive examination.


Up to twelve (12) credits may be transferred into the Master of Education program. The courses for which transfer is sought must have been completed with a grade of "B" or better and must be related to courses and degree requirements offered in the program. Courses accepted for transfer credit can only be viable for use to satisfy program requirements seven (7) years from the date of completion.

The program consists of the following eight (8) core courses:

EDUC 505 Recent Issues in Education
EDUC 534 Advanced Teaching of Language Arts
EDUC 536 Advanced Teaching of Mathematics 
EDUC 538 Elementary School Science 
EDUC 543 Curriculum & Technology 
EDUC 545 Reading in the Content Area
EDUC 706 Introduction to Research
EDUC 863 Seminar in Elementary Education
Total 24 Credits

Two (2) elective courses from the following

EDUC 501 Learning and Teaching
EDUC 507 Advanced Human Growth & Development
EDUC 513 Curriculum Change and Instructional Methods
EDUC 531 School Curriculum Development
EDUC 532 School Classroom Practices and Procedures
EDUC 544 Principles & Techniques of Reading Instruction
EDUC 633 Literature for Children 
EDUC 544 Techniques and Principles of Reading Instruction
PSYC 603 Mental Hygiene of Children and Youth
SPED 511 Special Education Perspectives
Total 6 Credits

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Jennifer M. Johnson 
Room 233L, Center for Learning and Technology