Elementary Education Program (M.Ed.)

  • Program Overview

    Gain advanced skills in research-based practices for teaching at the elementary level.

    Mostly online courses, on your schedule

    Get the preparation you need to be an instructional leader in your school through tailored coursework on child development, curriculum and instruction, assessment and planning, and the use of technology. Gain a data-based approach to teaching elementary school in Massachusetts.

    Curriculum Overview

    Utilizing the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks built on the Common Core and Next Generation Standards, you will learn how to support children’s academic, social, and emotional needs through evidence-based practice. Our programs also feature extensive field experience to help bridge the gap between research and practice.

    Upon graduation, you will be eligible to earn an initial license from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Elementary Education (1-6).

    Elementary Education Program Overview

    • 36 credit program
    • Coursework reflects current best practices with an interdisciplinary approach
    • Holistic view of serving children’s needs
    • Program fosters teacher growth
    • Quality practicum experiences in diverse school settings
    • Affordable pricing
    • Personal advising
    • Networking opportunities and job placement support

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  • Curriculum

    Admission Requirements

    All candidates must apply online at: www.endicott.edu/Van-Loan/Van-Loan-Admissions

    Applicants should submit the following to Van Loan School Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915

    • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
    • Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one professional reference);
    • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work;
    • Essay of 250-500 words on career goals and motivation for graduate study;
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better;
    • Interview with the program director (only required for some programs)
    • All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of six Endicott credits.

    Additional Requirements for M.Ed. Leading to Massachusetts Educator Initial License

    • A copy of passing scores on the Communication and Literacy Test (MTEL)

    International Applicants for Graduate Admission
    Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English. All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency.

    International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this program, students will: 

    • Demonstrate subject matter expertise
    • Design high quality instruction, including authentic and meaningful student assessments 
    • Analyze student performance and growth data and to use this data to improve instruction and practice
    • Teach all students through instructional practices that establish high expectations, a safe and effective classroom environment, and cultural proficiency.
    • Promote the learning and growth of all students through effective partnerships with families, caregivers, community members, and organizations.
    • Ensure the learning and growth of all students through ethical, culturally proficient, skilled, and collaborative practice.

    Required Curriculum: Initial Licensure

    As regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the practicum requires 300 hours with a minimum of 100 hours of full responsibility in the role and grade level of the license sought.  Students my have their practicum placement, supervising practitioner, and hours approved by Endicott staff before enrolling in the practicum course. Additional hours may be assigned at the discretion of the Dean, Director, Associate Director or Assistant Director. 

    *Courses required to obtain the Initial license

    EDN 500 - Child and Adolescent Development
    EDN 530 - Sheltered English Immersion
    *
    EDN 575 - Data Literacy
    EDN 570 - Classroom Management
    ELM 530 - Humanities Methods in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
    *
    ELM 550 - Curriculum and Assessment in Practice: Elementary Education (Pre-Practicum)
    *
    ELM 560 - Practicum in Elementary Education
    *
    ELM 565 - Reflective Seminar in Elementary Education
    *
    MTH 540 - Early Childhood and Elementary STEM Methods
    *
    RDL 500 - Early Literacy Development
    *
    RDL 510 - Children's & Young Adult Literature
    *
    SPE 500 - Teaching Students with Disabilities
    ELM 500 - Instructional Strategies in Elementary Education
    *

    Total Degree Requirements - 36 credits

    Required Curriculum: Non-Licensure

    *Electives are chosen in consultation with the student's advisor

    Electives - 12 cr. 

    EDN 500 - Child and Adolescent Development
    EDN 570 - Classroom Management
    ELM 530 - Humanities Methods in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
    MTH 540 - Early Childhood and Elementary STEM Methods
    RDL 500 - Early Literacy Development
    RDL 510 - Children's & Young Adult Literature
    SPE 500 - Teaching Students with Disabilities
    SPE 525 - Assistive and Augmentative Technologies

    Total Degree Requirements - 36 credits


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    An education from the Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Endicott College means you'll have access to premiere career resources—long after you graduate.

    Whether you're finishing your undergraduate study, adding new credentials, or working toward a new career path, you'll find resources through our Internship and Career Center to help you get where you want to go. From career advising to resume support, we're here to prepare you for your next step.

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