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Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Elementary Education

Program Overview

The M.Ed. in Elementary Education is designed for certified teachers and experienced education practitioners. The 30-credit program has a flexible, innovative curriculum allowing you to explore and continue to develop content knowledge, teaching methods, and teacher leadership capacity. The program is built around the core tenets of research based practice and inquiry into student and teacher learning. These tenets are integrated throughout coursework to strengthen connections between research to practice preparing graduates to analyze and solve current problems of educational practice.

The program offers education professionals the opportunity to earn a non-licensure credential that is suitable for career advancement. Certified elementary teachers who are interested in becoming elementary subject matter experts, coaches, and/or teacher leaders can choose from several highly sought after endorsements and graduate certificates to earn as part of the degree requirements. The M.Ed. and the credentials can further enhance your marketability in the teaching profession.


The Elementary Education program requires applicants to choose one of the following concentrations:

COMING SOON: Build your own program tailored to your professional interests by stacking graduate certificates!

Application Deadlines

Fall Term: August 1

Spring Term: December 1

Summer Term: April 15

Start of New Program: Fall 2024

Beginning in the Fall of 2024, the new M.Ed. in Elementary Education program offers you the opportunity to make connections between your areas of interest and your professional practice. You will select from the following Graduate Certificates or Course Clusters that you will stack into your M.Ed. in Elementary to build a program tailored to your specific career goals and aspirations. Through teacher inquiry you will learn and apply your learning related to your tailored coursework. You will choose from the following:

  • Graduate Certificate - Elementary STEM
  • Graduate Certificate - Reading and Advanced Literacy
  • Graduate Certificate - Teacher Inquiry
  • Graduate Certificate - Teacher Leader and Mentor
  • Course Cluster in Elementary Methods
    • For elementary educators who entered through alternative pathways to teaching and are interested in bolstering their instruction in the literacy, mathematics, and science
  • Course Cluster- Alternative Teacher Certification Competencies
    • For elementary educators who entered through alternative pathways to teaching and are interested in bolstering their instruction related to Language & Cognitive Foundations for Reading, Principles of Instruction and Management, Foundations of Exceptional Education and Services, Principles Learning and Classroom Assessment, Applied Linguistics and Grammar; meets credentialing 
  • Coming Soon - Graduate Certificate - TESOL
  • Coming Soon - Graduate Certificate - Early Childhood
  • Coming Soon - Graduate Certificate - Special Education


The following items must be submitted no later than the deadline posted above. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those postmarked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been canceled, the decision can not be reversed. Applicants may apply for the next application cycle.

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
  • All of the below university and program requirements
  • University Requirements
    • A baccalaureate degree from an accepted institutional accreditor, or its equivalent from a foreign institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.
    • Transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended. Admitted students will be prompted to provide official copies. 
  • Program Requirements
    • Professional licensure
      • Applicants must hold a valid teaching license from any state or international equivalent
    • Applicants not meeting the 3.0 minimum GPA requirement may contact the graduate program director for additional admission criteria options