The Master of Education in Elementary Education (non-certification) is designed for students who seek to deepen their understanding of teaching and learning, without preparing for K-8 teaching certification. The program of study anchors coursework in learning theory, instructional design, and the principles of assessment, as well as provides for elective coursework to support the student’s unique professional goals. The MEd core requirements set the study of elementary education in the context of a diverse world with varied philosophical starting points, and considers the manner in which knowledge in the field is unearthed.
In addition to the non-certification program, MEd in Elementary Education students may pursue two concentrations:
- K–8 certification - The MEd in Elementary Education K–8 Certification concentration prepares students for state certification to teach grades K–8 in New Hampshire. Required college-level coursework or equivalent competencies in general undergraduate education (demonstrated through transcript audit, portfolio, or exam): English composition and literature, college mathematics beyond algebra, physical and biological sciences, American government, U.S. history, and New Hampshire and New England history.
- Montessori - PSU has a partnership with the Seacoast Center for Education in Stratham, NH, where students who have participated in an accredited Montessori preparation program may receive 15 graduate credits for their post-baccalaureate work once they are admitted to the MEd in Elementary Education program. The rest of the 33-credit program is completed through a combination of MEd core courses, electives, and a graduate capstone or practicum. All Montessori work must be evaluated by the Seacoast Center for Education prior to being accepted by Plymouth State University’s College of Graduate Studies.
This program is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
International Student Requirements:
International students must have proof of English level proficiency through either the TOEFL, IELTS, or ELS Level 112 scores.
In addition, you must provide an I-134 Affidavit of Financial Support Form. Documents, including bank statements and other financial documents dated within the past 30 days, that confirm you have the financial resources to study for a year at Plymouth State must be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
You must also include a copy of your valid passport with your application materials.
Finally, you must also submit official, notarized transcripts, verifying that you've completed at least a baccalaureate degree, which must be translated into English and evaluated for institutional equivalency.