Elementary Education

Elementary Education Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree Only

About Elementary Education

Become a master teacher of children in grades Pre-K-4 with an M.Ed. degree from Cal U.

Develop expertise in elementary education and expand your career options at California University of Pennsylvania. Designed for certified teachers, this degree-only Master of Education program will grow your leadership skills while giving you in-depth instruction in current pedagogy and research-based best practices.

Cal U's M.Ed. in elementary education is aligned with the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). If you are seeking teaching certification along with your M.Ed., Cal U also offers a Master of Education program with certification in elementary education.

Excel as an elementary school leader.

In this graduate program you will:

  • Learn constructivist teaching strategies and techniques.
  • Explore technology in the classroom.
  • Study Pennsylvania school laws relevant to the work of the classroom teacher.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

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.

On-Campus and Online: A combination of online courses and evening classes enable you to complete your master's degree 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 165 years, Cal U has been dedicated to world-class teacher education. 
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Degree Benefits

Benefits of earning your elementary education master's degree at Cal U include:

  • Learning how to apply research on child development, families and best teaching practices to a variety of teaching
  • Receiving job-placement support from faculty, alumni and Cal U's Career and Professional Development Center.
  • Satisfying the 180-hour professional development requirements of Pennsylvania's Act 48.
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Graduate Outcomes

A Master of Education degree in elementary education opens the door to many opportunities. Holding a graduate degree in this field will help you advance faster than your counterparts and have more job-earning potential. A master's degree is required for specialists, educational administrators, college-level educators and other professional positions. Cal U 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.
Elementary Education Master's Degree
Ashley Baird-Roth.

Alumni Success

Meet successful Cal U alumna Ashley Baird Roth '10, '12. After her Cal U education, she 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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Career Advice

Christopher M. Very '01, '07 has always been an advocate for children, and his career path has branched out in several directions. 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 Master's Degree Courses

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 in grades Pre-K-4.

Curriculum

 

Course Credits
ECE 703 Literacy Development  3
ECE 707 Leadership and Management in Early Childhood 3
EDE 701 Standards Aligned Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment 3
ELE 701 Teaching in Language Arts 3
ELE 702 Teaching in Reading 3
ELE 703 Field Experience 3
ELE 711 Teaching in Mathematics 3
ELE 718 Teaching in Expressive Arts 3
ELE 721 Teaching in Science 3
ELE 731 Teaching in Social Studies 3
ESP 610 Special Education Foundations and Collaboration 3
ESP 612 Evidence-based Practices for Pre-K-8 Inclusion 3
ESP 701 Introduction to Behavior Analysis 3
PSY 712 Advanced Psychology of Learning 3
RES 800 Methods of Research 3
Total 45
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
    • Unofficial 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.

Childhood Education - Degrees and Certificates

Degrees
Certificate

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Elementary Education Faculty

Dr. Peter Cormas
Assistant Professor

cormas@calu.edu

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

diehl@calu.edu

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Dr. Diane Fine
Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Reading Specialist Program

fine@calu.edu

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

hug@calu.edu

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Dr. Rebecca Maddas
Assistant Professor

maddas@calu.edu

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Please Note: All students who will be seeking licensure/certification outside of Pennsylvania should consult the State Authorization web page for more information.