One Eleven Initiative

Elementary Education: Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Program Description

The master's degree program in elementary education enhances excellence in teaching by encouraging individual growth and application of research-based techniques and emerging theory in the classroom. In addition, the program builds on basic-level preparation that teachers have received and requires more in-depth study, reading, research, and sharing with classmates in a professional, collegial, academic setting.

Candidates for the Master of Education in Elementary complete a 30 hour program, 45 clock hours of field-based learning opportunities, a graduate capstone project, and successful completion of a written comprehensive examination. The program includes three foundation courses, two electives and 15 hours in a language arts/reading or math/science emphasis area.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the program must meet these requirements:

  • 3.0 GPA on last 60 hours of undergraduate work
  • Praxis II Content Scores (6 points higher than MDE Licensure requirement)
  • Two (2) Graduate Reference Forms
  • Hold or eligible to hold an A educator licensure in the content area (elementary ed.)

Application deadlines:

  • March 1 (summer and fall admission)
  • October 1 (spring admission)

See the Graduate Handbook for information on completing the application process.

Career Opportunities

M.Ed. graduates are professionals committed to becoming master teachers who facilitate learning by modeling appropriate practices based on research and emerging theory. As a result of their experiences in the program, interactions with colleagues and faculty, and continued study, they think reflectively about classroom practice and ways to enhance it.

Online/Regional Campus Options

An online M.Ed. program in Elementary Education is also offered by The University of Mississippi School of Education.

Classes for the M.Ed. in Elementary Education are offered at all of the regional campuses with opportunities for advising at these sites.

For More Information

Sharon Clemmer
Graduate Activities Assistant
Department of Teacher Education
School of Education
The University of Mississippi
336 Guyton Hall
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-5986
(662) 915-6718 Fax
sclemmer@olemiss.edu


William J. Sumrall
Professor of Science Education and Coordinator of the Masters in Elementary Education Program
Department of Teacher Education
School of Education
The University of Mississippi
307 Guyton Hall
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-5310
(662) 915-6718 Fax
sumrall@olemiss.edu