Master of Science in Education – Elementary Education

Expand Your Skills and Impact as an Elementary Classroom Teacher

IU South Bend’s master’s program in elementary education is an immersion in the advanced skills needed to excel in classroom teaching at the grade school level. Students who already have an Indiana teaching certificate may complete the program in 36 credit hours, with additional hours needed to add licensure areas. Through the program, practicing educators learn best practices in classroom teaching, master research fundamentals, and gain classroom strategies that will enrich their students’ classroom learning environment.

  • Attend face-to-face classes on weekday evenings to accommodate the schedules of working teachers.
  • Be part of classes that are held both in online and hybrid  environments as well as on the IU South Bend  campus..
  • Complete the program in approximately two years of graduate study.

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Master’s in elementary education highlights

  • Choose from five areas of concentration to fit your graduate degree interests:
    • Early Childhood
    • Literacy Focus (Reading Certification)
    • Elementary Education with K-12 Licensure in Educational Leadership
    • Elementary Education with English as a New Language (ENL) Certification
    • Study with professors who are seasoned educators and respected leaders in the educational community.
    • Complete a three-credit hour practicum in your area of concentration.  (No practicum is required for those with a focus on curriculum and instruction.)
    • Undertake a research project during the last two semesters of your graduate program.

Interesting elementary education master’s courses you may take:

Advanced Study in the Teaching of Reading in Elementary School – Undertake a review of developmental reading programs in the elementary school, use of reading in various curriculum areas, appraisal of reading abilities, and techniques and materials for individualized instruction.

Elementary School Curriculum – Explore the social, economic, and educational forces influencing changes in the curriculum of the elementary school; observe and study curriculum and methods of evaluating it.

Child Development – Complete a survey and analysis of selected sources of information about the behavior and development of the elementary school child and explore the implications this information has for teaching the elementary school child.

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Career Outlook for Elementary Teachers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 16 percent increase in job opportunities for elementary school teachers over the decade ending in 2018. This is significantly higher than average growth expected across all occupations. Prospects are expected to be stronger in inner cities and rural areas than in suburban districts. For more information, go to

MS in Elementary Education Admissions Requirements

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