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The Graduate School

Elementary Education


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:

  • Elementary STEM
  • K-12 Reading Endorsement*
  • Reading and Advanced Literacy
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)*
*These concentrations have temporarily suspended enrollment and are not enrolling students at this time.

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . August 1
Spring Term . . . . . December 1
Summer Term . . . April 15

Graduate Program Director

Dr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey

The following items must be submitted no later then the deadline posted above. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked 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