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Program: Elementary Education

Degree: Master of Education or Master of Science
Delivery Method: Online

Expand your knowledge, enhance your research-based instructional practices, and prepare to lead with a specialized advanced degree in either science or mathematics elementary education. Study at NC State where we offer teachers Master of Education degrees that earn specializations in mathematics or science and designated on North Carolina teaching licenses.

Program Details


The Master of Elementary Education (MEd) degree program supports teachers to become leaders who

  • possess strong specialized content knowledge in science or mathematics;
  • have a deep understanding of how elementary-aged children learn; and
  • can apply such knowledge and understanding to their leadership and instructional practices.

The program is considered Distance Education (DE) and is transitioning to online courses taught by professors who are experts in their fields and who bring experience teaching in elementary schools. There’s also the possibility for regional, in-person meetings with professors. Students enrolled in the MEd program in Elementary Education choose a focus: science leader or mathematics specialist preparation, each consisting of 30 credit hours.

Math Leader Master’s Degree 

  • ELM 555 – Number Systems and Operations: K-5 Mathematical Tasks
  • ELM 556 – Rational Numbers and Operations: K-5 Learning Trajectories
  • ELM 557 – Data Analysis and Measurement: K-5 Classroom Interactions
  • ELM 558 – Algebraic Reasoning: K-5 Discourse and Questioning
  • ELM 559 – Geometry and Spatial Visualization: K-5 Assessment
  • ELM 560 – Mathematical Modeling: K-5 Leadership
  • ELM 520 –Methods of Teaching Elementary School Science
  • ECI 541 – Reading in Content Areas
  • Social Studies/Diversity
  • ELM 654 – Inquiry Project

Science Leader  Master’s Degree

  • ELM 524 – Issues in Elementary School Science Education
  • ELM 539 – Special Problems in Elementary Science Education
  • ELM 520 – Methods of Teaching Elementary School Science
  • Life Science Content
  • Earth Science Content
  • Physical Science Content
  • ECI 541 – Reading in Content Areas
  • Social Studies/Diversity
  • Mathematics
  • ELM 654 – Inquiry Project
  • The Graduate School outlines basic requirements for admission.
    • 500-800 word personal/goals statement that showcases your background, teaching experience and goals for seeking an advanced degree
    • Copy of your current teaching certificate: must be uploaded with personal statement
    • Transcripts of all post-secondary education* showing 3.0 GPA as required by the Graduate School
    • Resume
    • Three letters of recommendation that describe your work ethic and potential as a graduate student. These letters must be included with the online reference form.
    • Non-refundable application fee of $75 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents or $85 for international residents

      NOTE: As of Spring 2013, GRE scores are no longer required for admission. However, if your overall GPA is below a 3.0, we strongly recommend that you submit GRE scores.

      * Applicants currently attending or who have previously attended NC State are not required to provide an NC State transcript. Official transcripts will be required once an admission decision has been made by the Graduate School. Copies of transcripts should be uploaded directly into your online application or sent directly to the Graduate School at:

      The Graduate School
      North Carolina State University
      Research Building III, Room 240
      1005 Capability Drive, Box 7102
      Raleigh, NC  27695

Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for Fall 2018 -Spring 2019

Review the Online and Distance Education Rates for upcoming semester tuition and fees.

Note: Subject to change.

Why Elementary Education Graduate Programs at NC State


#23 ranked graduate elementary education program in the U.S. by U.S. News


Flexible program with evening and/or online classes


Over three-quarters of our graduates go on to hold leadership roles at the school, district, state or national level

The college has given me tools to continue my education and be ready to work through anything that comes my way. I am prepared to ask questions and continue to grow as an educator and student.

Diane Hunter ’16MED


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