Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary Education
Become an elementary school teacher and earn your master’s degree online. The online master’s degree for elementary education combines preparation for licensure as an elementary school teacher with coursework to earn a master’s degree. You will become a highly qualified teacher with the credentials to set you apart from day one.
WGU is the first exclusively online university to receive NCATE accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure, a testament to the fact that WGU graduates have the knowledge and skills to be effective in helping all students learn.
The M.A. in Teaching, Elementary Education program prepares a student to receive an Elementary Education Grades K-5 license in the state of Tennessee. Click here for additional details about Tennessee licensure requirements.
Who the Program is For:
- Individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree (preferably in a liberal arts field), want to become a certified elementary school teacher and earn a master’s degree.
- Unlicensed teachers, substitute teachers, career changers, retired military personnel, school paraprofessionals, and others with bachelor’s degrees who feel the call to teach.
- Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.
To be considered eligible for enrollment in this program, you must meet the appropriate content requirements (PDF). Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to determine whether you have the sufficient background for entry into this program.
This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Demonstration teaching and the cohort seminar are offered twice each year, in the fall and spring. Click here to learn how this program works.
What You'll Learn
Essential Knowledge and Skills
We developed our elementary education program with significant input from experts and educational leaders who serve on our Education Program Council. This online master's degree program in elementary education requires the completion of coursework to ensure you have the essential skills and knowledge to become a licensed teacher, as well as practice teaching in an actual classroom and the completion of a capstone project. the M.A. in Teaching, Elementary Education is nationally recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI).
Key Subject Areas
These Courses Add to Your Credentials
Foundations of Teaching
Instructional Planning and Presentation
Elementary Education Methods
Effective Teaching Practices
Demonstration Teaching (includes practice teaching)
Experience in a classroom is an invaluable part of becoming a highly qualified teacher. Your in-classroom experience will help you elevate the academic knowledge and teaching skills you’ve developed into a practical way of effectively and confidently tackling the challenges of your own classroom.
The online M.A. in Teaching, Elementary Education also requires the successful completion of a professional portfolio.
Your professional portfolio is something to be proud of – it will include your resume and Philosophy of Teaching Statement and serve as a way to showcase the skills you have acquired throughout your program and demonstration teaching. You'll take what you've learned and apply it to a real-world situation by recommending strategies for effectively handling actual issues you'll face in the workplace.