2024-2025 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog

Elementary Education M.S.

Program Rationale

This program is designed for applicants who hold a Bachelor's degree (some exceptions apply) and wish to pursue graduate study that will prepare them to apply for Connecticut's initial certification in Elementary Education (grades 1-6).

Program Learning Outcomes

Program is aligned with the InTASC Standards

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work. 


To apply to the MS in Elementary Education, applicants must submit an application for graduate admission to the CCSU Office of Graduate Admissions. The following should be submitted with the application:


 --Official transcripts from each college and university attended (except Central Connecticut State University)

--Personal statement (no more that 500 words) that briefly describes the applicant's educational and professional background and the reasons for choosing to apply to the MS in Elementary Education

--Evidence of having taken PRAXIS I or SAT or ACT or GRE.

--Application fee paid directly to the CCSU Office of Graduate Admissions

The graduate application and application fee must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions.


Additional Requirements for Initial Certification by the Connecticut State Department of Education:

The following are state requirements for certification, not University requirements for program admission. Often, these requirements are met during undergraduate or post-baccalaureate coursework.

--A minimum of 6 semester hours of credit in child and/or human growth and development.

--A minimum of 39 semester hours in general academic courses in the areas listed below


  --Natural Sciences


  --Social Studies

  --Foreign Language or Fine Arts

  A survey course in United States history, comprised of no fewer than three semester hours of credit, shall be included.

Applicants who meet the CCSU admission requirements, will be admitted to the MS in Elementary Education even if they do not meet one or more of the above state requirements. While in the program, admitted students will be advised on how to meet these and other state requirements for initials certification in Elementary Education. 


Major Requirements (33 credits)

Students must complete 33 credits of graduate level courses and a Comprehensive Exam (Plan B) OR Thesis (Plan A). Thesis (Plan A) requires an additional 3 credits of graduate level work. 

Required Courses (33 credits)

EDEL 502Focus on Diversity in Education


EDEL 508Current Instructional Trends in Elementary Education


EDEL 512Assessment of Learning


EDEL 515Developmental Theories of Learning


EDEL 529Analysis of Teaching


LLA 508Teaching Literacy in the Content Areas


LLA 509Comprehensive Reading Instruction


LLA 520Seminar in Literacy Research


SPED 501Education of the Exceptional Learner


EDEL 530Internship


Total Credit Hours: 33