Elementary Education

Elementary Education Master of Education (M.Ed.) With Certification

About Elementary Education

Give children a strong foundation for their future by earning an M.Ed. at Cal U.

California University of Pennsylvania's elementary education master's degree program is designed for bachelor's degree holders with or without prior teaching certification who wish to broaden their knowledge of elementary education expand their career options. Program courses are centered on research-based best practices and aligned with the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

This program results in a Master of Education degree and eligibility for Pre-K-4 teaching certification at the same time. If you are not seeking teaching certification, Cal U also offers a degree-only Master of Education program in elementary education.

Gain the in-depth knowledge and skill you need to excel as an elementary school teacher.

  • Become well versed in current materials and best
  • Learn constructivist teaching strategies and techniques.
  • Explore technology in the classroom.
  • Study Pennsylvania school laws relevant to the work of the classroom teacher.


Top Accreditation: This graduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.

Flexible Schedule: With a combination of online courses and evening classes, you can complete your master's degree and teaching certification while continuing to work full time.

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Over 50% 
Of the courses in this master's degree program can be taken online.
165 Years 
For more than 165 years, Cal U has been dedicated to world-class teacher education. 
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Degree Benefits

As an elementary education master's degree student at Cal U, you will:

  • Be able to earn your master's degree and elementary certification in the same program.
  • Learn how to apply knowledge of child development, families and best teaching practices to a variety of teaching
  • Receive job-placement support from professors, alumni and Cal U's Career and Professional Development Center.
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Graduate Outcomes

Career prospects for graduates with a Master of Education: Pre-K-Grade 4 Education degree are promising. Students with graduate degrees in these fields advance faster than their counterparts and have more job-earning potential. An advanced degree is required for specialists, education administrators, college-level educators and other professional positions. Program alumni employers include:

  • Adoption agencies and child abuse centers.
  • Elementary schools and boards of education.
  • Tutorial learning organizations, camps and community recreation centers.
  • Publishers and school service supply companies.
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Student-Teaching Internships

As an elementary education major you'll work in two public school classrooms and attend weekly practicums. In addition to these school-based experiences, you'll be encouraged to engage in a series of community and cultural events with the surrounding school community. Note: If you are a Pennsylvania certified teacher in another specialty area, you are not required to take the internship.

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What can you do with an M.Ed. from Cal U?

Alumna Ashley Baird Roth '10, '12 went on to become the director of nationally accredited childcare programs at The Village Early Childhood Education Center in California, Pennsylvania. She also teaches as an adjunct professor in Cal U's Childhood Education Department.

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Alumni Advice

Christopher M. Very '01, '07 has a career path that has branched out in several different directions, but he has always been an advocate for children. This former teacher is now principal of Carnegie Elementary in the Carlynton School District. "My advice to students is not to wait for things to happen. You need to be aggressive with your career, create opportunities for yourself, and capitalize on those opportunities."

Elementary Education

This master's degree program emphasizes a constructivist teaching philosophy that takes into consideration the prior knowledge and background of individual learners. Program courses will prepare you to become an effective and versatile teacher in classrooms for young students, and will prepare you for Pre-K-4 teaching certification in Pennsylvania. All students who will be seeking licensure/certification outside of Pennsylvania should consult the State Authorization webpage for more information.

Course Examples
  • Literacy Development
  • Leadership And Management In Early Childhood
  • Introduction To Behavior Analysis
  • Teaching And Assessment In Language Arts
  • Teaching And Assessment In Mathematics
  • Teaching And Assessment In Science
  • Special Education Foundations And Collaboration
  • Evidence-Based Practices For Pre-K-Grade 8 Inclusion
  • Advanced Psychology Of Learning
  • Methods Of Research

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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements (Regular)  

  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.80 or a 3.00 in last 48 credits earned (Students with a GPA below 2.80 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • International Graduate Applicants

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements.  Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 2.80 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Official transcripts


Program Requirements

How to Apply:

  • Complete the Graduate School Application
  • Under Planned Course of Study:
    • Select "Teacher Education (MEd)" and then choose "Pre-K-Grade 4 (MEd without Cert)" as the designated program
    • Or Select "Teacher Education (MEd)" and then choose "Pre-K-Grade 4 (MEd with Cert)" as the designated program
    • Or Select "English as a Second Language (Cert Only)"
  • Submit the nonrefundable $35 Application Fee
  • Mail official transcript to:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email (gradschool@calu.edu) or fax (724-938-5712)

For additional information:
Email: gradschool@calu.edu   
Phone: 724-938-4187

Out of State Students:
All students who will be seeking certification outside of Pennsylvania are responsible for securing and following the certification requirements in the state in which they intend to apply for certification.

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Elementary Education Faculty

Dr. Peter Cormas
Associate Professor


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Dr. Holly L. Diehl
Professor and Coordinator of Professional Development Schools Program


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Dr. Diane Fine
Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Integrative STEM Education Program


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Dr. J. William Hug
Associate Professor; Science, Environment and STEM Teacher Education


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Dr. Rebecca Maddas
Assistant Professor


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