Graduate Programs in Elementary and Middle Grades Education

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Teaching professionals looking for an advanced degree can pursue a Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.).  Our online-only programs offer innovative and challenging curriculums designed to prepare teachers to develop and apply research skills, expand and deepen content area knowledge, and further the understanding of child and educational psychology in order to provide opportunities for curriculum development and exploration of current methodology.  The coursework enables students to be inviting, reflective decision makers who can give leadership to the local school system in order to implement or improve elementary and middle grades programs.

Lateral Mobility

Teachers with advanced licensure (M.A.Ed.) enjoy greater lateral mobility within the profession and it is easier to pursue teaching jobs beyond the state and US borders.  Choose the Language Arts/Literacy Track (K-6 or 6-9) or the Academically/Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Track (K-6) as your focus area:

  • Language Arts/Literacy coursework prepares candidates to serve as lead teachers and be recognized literacy specialists at the school and district levels.
  • AIG coursework prepares candidates to work the AIG population at the K-6 level and includes courses focused on curriculum differentiation, creative thinking and problem solving, and methods for gifted instruction.

Fact Sheet

Please see our Elementary Education M.A.Ed. and Middle Grades Education M.A.Ed. fact sheets for program highlights, admission requirements, and curriculum (including course rotations).  Click here for further information about the curriculum.

The curriculum requires the completion of 30 credit hours: 4 "Core" courses, 4 "Track" courses, and 2 "Capstone" courses.  All courses are offered online only.  While you could complete the program in 2 years, your advisor will work with you to develop a plan for completion that fits your unique needs.

We welcome transfer students!  You may request to transfer up to 6 credit hours of graduate coursework completed in the past 5 years to apply to this program.  Contact Dr. Roya Scales, program coordinator, with your request.


You may apply at any time.  Applications must be submitted online through the Graduate School's Apply Yourself system. In addition to the Graduate School Admission requirements, applicants must submit:

  • A letter of intent describing reasons for pursuing a masters' degree in education, professional goals as a participant in the program, and possible research interests.
  • Three recommendations from former instructors or employers who can judge the applicant's aptitude for graduate study.
  • Applicants  must hold a North Carolina Class A teaching license, or a comparable license from another state.

Cost, Funding, & Financial Aid

Please refer to this cost & funding WCU Graduate School link for information related to tuition and funding sources for graduate students.  To find out if you can receive financial aid contact the financial aid office.

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For additional information on our degree programs or for specific questions, please contact the Elementary and Middles Grades Program Coordinator.


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