Graduate Catalog
Degree Programs

Master of Education
Elementary Education

Dr. David Bell, Head
Crabaugh Hall, Room 210
(479) 968-0392

The Master of Education in Elementary Education is designed to provide post baccalaureate preparation for public school teachers who wish to broaden their knowledge of teaching and learning as well as subject matter content.

Unconditional Admission

Students are eligible to apply for unconditional admission to the Master of Education degree program in Elementary Education if they meet the admission requirements for Graduate College.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who fail to meet the minimum requirements for admission have the opportunity for conditional admission if applicant meets the minimum graduate admission standards and upon a successful appeal to the program director. Students admitted under a conditional status must earn a cumulative 3.0 GPA on the first twelve (12) graduate hours in the program.

Degree Requirements

  1. Candidates for the Master of Education degree with a major in elementary education must complete the 36 semester hour degree program. Candidates for the Master of Education degree with a major in elementary education special education option must complete the 36 semester hour degree program.

    Elementary Education Core Requirements (15 hours)

    EDFD 6003 Educational Research
    EDFD 6043 Current Issues in Human Learning
    EDFD 6053 The At-Risk Child in the School Environment
    EDFD 6313 Principles of Curriculum Development
    EDFD 6993 Project in Educational Research

    Elementary Education Option (21 hours)

    EDFD 6203 Supervision of Instruction OR
    EDFD 6503 Classroom and Behavioral Management
    EDFD 6403 Social and Historical Factors in Education
    ELED 6523 Survey of Research in Elementary Education
    Electives: Additional elementary education electives to meet the 36-hour degree requirement.

    Special Education Option (21 hours)

    EDFD 6503 Classroom and Behavior Management
    ELED 6343 Literacy Assessment and Intervention
    SPED 5003 Characteristics Children with Exceptionalities
    SPED 5013 Assessment and Design (Birth-4th grade)
    SPED 5023 Planning Instruction for Children with Exceptionalities
    SPED 5033 Working with Families of Children with Exceptionalities
    SPED 5043 Supervised Practicum

    Additional Licensure Plan - 4-12 Special Education Instructional Specialist (6 hours)

    SPED 5053 Planning Instruction for Children with Exceptionalities, 4-12
    SPED 5063 Supervised Practicum

  2. A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 in all graduate courses completed at Arkansas Tech University with a maximum of six (6) hours of "C" Grades.
  3. A minimum of 27 semester hours of graduate course work completed at Arkansas Tech University.
  4. Completion of all degree requirements within six (6) years from the time of unconditional or conditional admission into the program.


Graduate students admitted unconditionally must apply for candidacy to the selected degree program upon completion of twelve (12) graduate credit hours. Students admitted conditionally cannot apply for candidacy until all conditions assigned at the time of admission to graduate study have been removed.

Upon the completion of twelve (12) graduate hours, a hold will be placed on the students' record until a candidacy form has been approved by the Graduate Dean. Failure to apply for candidacy will result in the hold remaining on the students' record, and an inability to register for subsequent coursework. 

Students who have filed a candidacy form but do not enroll or receive graduate credit for one (1) academic year must submit a new candidacy form upon being readmitted into the same graduate program.  If admitted into a different academic program, students are not required to submit a new candidacy form until twelve (12) graduate credits have been accumulated within the new program.

Application for Graduation

In addition to satisfying all degree requirements, a candidate for a degree must file an "Application for Graduation" online or at the Registrar's Office.  Students must apply for graduation upon completion of twelve (12) graduate credit hours.

Special Conditions of Graduate Credit

Graduate Credit Taken Prior to Admission to Arkansas Tech University

A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit with a grade point average of "B" or better may be transferred from an accredited graduate school if deemed appropriate to the graduate program by the head of the student's major department and the Dean of Graduate College. Students must send a written request to the head of their major department to petition an acceptance of the transfer credit prior to requesting admission to candidacy to the graduate program. Graduate credit earned six (6) years prior to the completion date of all degree requirements may not be applied toward the degree without the approval of the appropriate program director and the Dean of Graduate College. Credits earned by correspondence courses or for remedial purposes will not apply toward the graduate degree. No undergraduate course may be repeated for graduate credit.

Graduate Credit Taken After Admission to Arkansas Tech University

If after admission to graduate study, a student wishes to take a course at another institution to count toward degree requirements at Arkansas Tech University, the student must (in advance of enrollment) obtain written approval from the program director and the Dean of Graduate College.