Master of Science in Education, Elementary Education

Master of Science in Education, Elementary Education

Total Credits 
42 credits
Weekly on Monday and Tuesday or every other weekend on Saturday and Sunday (7 weekends a semester)
Core Program Duration 
Four semesters (16 months)
Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)
Instructors with real-world experience as teachers and administrators
About the Program 

At Medaille, we know you need graduate education programs that train you for a lifetime of teaching success. Our Master’s in Elementary Education on our Buffalo campus is specifically designed for individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree in an area other than education. This program prepares you to navigate the steps toward New York State requirements in elementary education, which leads to teacher certification in grades 1-6.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements
Required Coursework
Clinical Experiences
Office of Student Teaching and Certification

M.S.Ed. Elementary Education Professional Handbook
Graduate Catalog
Canadian Students

What can you do with this degree?
After graduating with an Elementary Education Master’s degree, Buffalo graduates have gone on to careers as
What can you do with this degree? 
Elementary School Teachers
Teacher Aides
Substitute Teachers
Daycare Teachers
Educational Consultants

Program Format 

Weekday students attend classes twice a week on Mondays and Tuesdays for three semesters and student teach during the final semester

Weekend students attend classes approximately every other weekend for three semesters and student teach during the final semester

The hybrid format includes face-to-face and online instruction

Fall, spring and summer starts


Admissions Requirements »


Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements
To pursue the M.S.Ed. in Elementary Education degree, students need a baccalaureate degree with a concentration of 30 semester hours of college level credit in one of the liberal arts and sciences.

Additionally, students are required to have 3 credit hours in each of the following areas (examples are included):

  • Scientific Processes: Biology, zoology, anatomy, physiology, physics, chemistry, geology, physical geography
  • Communication: Speech, writing
  • Artistic Expression: art history, art appreciation, music history, music appreciation, dance appreciation, theatre appreciation, theatre history, film appreciation.
  • Information Retrieval: Upon conferral of bachelor degree, this requirement will be met.
  • History & Social Science: Sociology, cultural studies, history, psychology, anthropology, political science, economics, cultural geography, woman studies, criminal justice
  • Humanities: Composition, literature, creative writing, linguistics, public speaking, philosophy, ethics, history of religion
  • At least three credits of language other than English or 2 years of high school language

Students are required to have 6 credit hours in each of the following areas (examples are included):

  • Written Analytical Expression: Composition, writing, English, literature
  • Mathematic Processes: Algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, math for elementary education

Required Coursework
EDU 500: The Core of Education EDU 504: Early Field Experience (3 credits)
EDU 502: Education Methods of Teaching: Math, Science (3 credits)
EDU 503: Education Methods of Teaching: The Arts, Language Arts, & Social Studies (3 credits)
EDU 504: Early Field Experience (3 credits)
EDU 511: Field Experience I: Grades 1-6 (0 credit)
EDU 512: Field Experience II: Grades 1-6 (0 credit)
ECI 510: Research in Education (3 credits)
EDU 571: Technology for the Elementary Classroom (3 credits)
ECI 535: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Shaping Culturally Inclusive Classrooms (3 credits)
EDU 507: Dignity for All Students Act Seminar (0 credit)
ECI 610: Transitions from Education’s Roots to the Present (3 credits)
ESP 600: Foundations of Special Education (3 credits)
EDU 506: Child Abuse Awareness/ SAVE Seminar (0 credit)
EDL 550: Developmental Literacy: Emergence to Fluency (3 credits)
EDL 650: Assessment and Evaluation of Literacy (3 credits)
EDU 693: Elementary Education Portfolio (3 credits)
EDU 577: Student Teaching (1-6) (6 credits)
Clinical Experiences
This exciting opportunity allows students the ability to learn through hands-on experience with the support and mentorship of classroom teachers and college instructors.

Fieldwork:  All students enrolled in the M.S.Ed. Elementary Education program are required to complete a minimum of 100 field experience hours prior to student teaching. These field experience hours are embedded over two courses (EDU 511 and EDU 512).

For detailed information about clinical field experiences, student teaching, and certification, click on the link for the Office of Student Teaching and Certification or refer to the program handbook.

Office of Student Teaching and Certification

M.S.Ed. Elementary Education Professional Handbook
For detailed information about the program, click on the link below for the program handbook.
2018-19 MSED Elementary Education Handbook

For information about graduate college-wide and department-specific details, click on the link below for the catalog.

Canadian Students
For Canadian students interested in obtaining New York State and/or Ontario teacher certification, click here.


At Medaille College, we understand the challenges of being a working adult with high career aspirations. That’s why Medaille’s Adult & Graduate programs are designed specifically to fit your already busy schedule. With Medaille, you can earn your degree and still have time for work and family. Medaille College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000)
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