Elementary Education: MEd
The graduate program in elementary education is designed for people who desire to improve their competencies as educators. The curriculum consists of core principles in teacher education, such as theories of teaching and learning, classroom management, diversity in education, and more.
USU’s elementary education program ranked in the top 10 among teacher education programs for faculty scholarly productivity in 2007's Academic Analytics. The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services ranks in the top 2% of all graduate colleges of education nationwide, and the college is also ranked third in the nation in total research dollars received, according to “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” U.S. News & World Report.
The MEd is designed for students who desire to work in the field of education. This includes school personnel as well as individuals who are involved in education-related activities in industry and other areas.
USU School of Teacher Education and Leadership:
Masters of Education
Elementary Education - MEd
Students can receive the MEd by pursuing one of two options:
- The Plan B option requires the production of a paper or creative work of art and is expected to reflect equivalent scholarship standards as a thesis.
- A second option, Plan C, does not involve a thesis or a defense meeting and is comprised of coursework only.
Apply to Utah State University Graduate School
Applicants must have a standard elementary teaching certificate and have completed at least one year of successful elementary education teaching.
- Complete the online application
- Pay the application fee
- Score at or above the 40th percentile on in the GRE or MAT
- Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
- Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
- Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation
International students have additional admissions requirements.
Graduate assistantships (teaching or research) for full-time graduate students are available. For the best chance to be awarded an assistantship, applicants should have their applications submitted by the end of February.
A variety of additional funding opportunities are available, including fellowships, scholarships, tuition awards, and travel support. Additionally, students may be eligible for subsidized health insurance through qualifying assistantships.
This degree is offered through Utah State University Regional Campuses and follows the USU Regional Campus tuition schedule. See Tuition & Payment for more information.
The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services may charge differential tuition for this program. Differential tuition is an added cost per credit for courses in the program. See the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for more information.
Graduates generally continue on in their teaching careers in schools across Utah and the nation. In addition, graduates have also taken leadership positions in private and public K-12 organizations.
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