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Master of Arts in Education with a Specialization in Elementary Education Online

Open doors to new destinations in education by increasing your aptitude for instructional leadership.

10/02/23 Apply by
10/16/23 Start Classes

Program Overview

Learn what our online M.A.Ed. – Elementary Education program can do for you

$9,227 In-State Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

Enrich your experience as a teacher leader by earning your Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Elementary Education online from the UNC Pembroke School of Education. This online graduate education degree program prepares you for more rewarding educational leadership opportunities, including Curriculum Facilitator or Curriculum Director.

Grow your understanding of best practices in education with a focus on improving student learning outcomes and academic achievement as well as enhancing collaborative relationships within your community. Examine the current curricula, instructional approaches, assessment and other elements of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. You will also learn to apply theories and principles of human growth and development along with a variety of teaching strategies to meet the needs of all learners.

Designed to be flexible for busy adults, this elementary education master’s degree program provides rigorous professional development through a combination of 100 percent online coursework and hands-on learning in the field.

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The Educator Preparations Programs at UNCP are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education.

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Explore the value of our affordable tuition

Tuition for our affordable online M.A.Ed. with a specialization in Elementary Education is priced with the working student in mind—plus, you can pay by the course. Financial aid may be available for students who qualify.

Tuition breakdown:

$237.78 Per Credit Hour (In-State)
$9,227 Program Tuition (In-State)

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Program Graduate Tuition Per Credit Hour Graduate Tuition Per 3-Hour Course Fees Per Credit Hour Distance Fee Per Term Program Cost Including Tuition & Fees†
M.A.Ed. ELED (in-state resident) $237.78 $713.34 $33.05 $36.75 $9,227.40
M.A.Ed. ELED (out-of-state) $963.28 $2,889.84 $33.05 $36.75 $30,992.40

Tuition is based on a cadence of 6-9 credit hours per semester, which is two 7-week terms. Tuition will be capped at the per semester, full-time enrollment levels of nine (9) credit hours for graduate students.

Please consult with your advisor for more information.

Additional Fees

One Time Fees

Application Fee - $55 domestic/$60 international
Orientation Fee - $20
Graduation Fee - $100 (note, students will be charged an additional $25 if fee is not paid on time)

Students will be charged a $25 readmission fee after one year of non-attendance.


Note these important dates for our online students

For the convenience of our M.A.Ed. – Elementary Education online students, the School of Education offers multiple start dates each year. View the full calendar for upcoming deadlines, including when to turn in all required documents, register for classes and pay tuition for your desired program start date.

10/02/23 Next Application Deadline
10/16/23 Start Classes

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Course Start Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline
08/21/2023 10/06/2023 08/07/2023 08/14/2023 08/16/2023 08/17/2023
10/16/2023 12/01/2023 10/02/2023 10/09/2023 10/11/2023 10/12/2023
01/15/2024 03/01/2024 01/01/2024 01/08/2024 01/10/2024 01/11/2024
03/11/2024 04/26/2024 02/26/2024 03/04/2024 03/06/2024 03/07/2024
05/06/2024 06/21/2024 04/22/2024 04/29/2024 05/01/2024 05/02/2024
06/24/2024 08/09/2024 06/10/2024 06/17/2024 06/19/2024 06/20/2024

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke?


View the qualifications for our online M.A.Ed. – Elementary Education program

The School of Education admission process is the first step toward earning your M.A.Ed. with a specialization in Elementary Education online. Find out the requirements for the program, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them.

Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
2.5 cumulative GPA on undergraduate coursework
Valid NC class A teaching license or equivalent

View full admission requirements

To be eligible for consideration for full or provisional admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Submit a completed online application
  • Pay a $55 non-refundable application fee ($60 for international applicants and waived for military members)
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA
  • Valid North Carolina class A teaching license in K-6 Elementary (or equivalent licensure in your state)
  • Three professional references
  • No GRE or GMAT required


Read about our M.A.Ed. – Elementary Education online courses

To earn the M.A.Ed. with a specialization in Elementary Education online, students must complete eight core courses and four specialization courses for a total of 30 credit hours.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to nurture and develop practitioners as leaders in their classrooms, in their schools, in their professions, in their communities and in the broader society. The primary focus is on teachers as leaders in the teaching-learning process. Graduate candidates will begin and may finish their leadership projects in this course. Corequisite: EDN 5460: Field Experience required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Emphasis is on understanding research designs and methods in education including an introduction to elementary statistics, interpreting and critiquing professional research literature, using research findings to validate and modify decisions about teaching and learning, and conducting action research in the classroom, school, and community. Graduate candidates will begin and may finish the research project in this course. Field experience required. COREQUISITE: EDN 5460.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 0

This course is intended for students pursuing the Master of Arts in Teaching degree. It is designed to provide the structured field experience that supports the practical application of theoretical constructs. Graduate students in programs at UNCP will actively engage with clinical teachers and the K-12 students to broaden their knowledge bases and engage in school-based professional activities. Course may be repeated.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is for students to become competent in digital literacy skills. The development of new teaching strategies and resources will be aligned to the North Carolina teaching and learning standards. Incorporating technology-based pedagogies provides the digital skills and dispositions necessary to prepare teachers to construct and individualize curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Emphasis will be placed on inclusive and culturally appropriate technology applications and pedagogies.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to provide a focus on contexts and processes through which language develops, including attainment of second languages, and the cognitive, social/emotional and cultural aspects of language. This foundation provides the framework to differentiate curricula, instruction and assessment in listening, speaking, reading, writing and viewing through the use of culturally diverse and appropriate literature. Candidates will demonstrate collaboration skills with families and specialists within the school settings.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to assist candidates in developing a contextual perception of learners and their educational needs based on information about students’ family life, culture, and stages of development. Candidates will assess children’s development, align curriculum, design instruction to be responsive to and appreciative of developmental differences and cultural assets, and establish respectful, affirming, and inclusive learning environments. Candidates will also explore ways to nurture, support, and recognize various types of family involvement in the education process.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to assist candidates in deepening their understanding of mathematics and science in facilitating student learning. Emphasis placed on a constructivist approach to learning and incorporating research as it translates to instructional practices.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for candidates to improve student learning in social studies and language arts through systematic analysis and reflection on the cycles of teaching and learning. A primary focus is placed on connecting interdisciplinary curriculum and instructional design, desired learning outcomes, content, diverse learners, instructional resources, and assessment measures, in the context of developing global understandings and multiple literacies.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to provide a capstone experience for candidates to integrate the knowledge and insights gained from experiences in previous courses into final revisions of their professional portfolio. Based on updated self‐assessment, candidates develop goals for future professional development and complete data analysis and conclusions to finalize leadership and action research projects.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a graduate-level introduction to the areas of focus addressed within the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. This course familiarizes students with the practices, philosophies, roles and responsibilities of educators working with a diverse population of students. Corequisite: EDN 5460: Field Experience required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to develop graduate students' knowledge base related to the theory and techniques of classroom management. Emphasis is placed on how those understandings can be utilized to establish a positive and respectful learning environment for all students. A variety of classroom management programs are examined and evaluated.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students with an introduction to some of the issues related to living in poverty and the impact those issues have on teaching and learning. In this course, students will address popular myths, misconceptions, and educational practices that perpetuate a deficit orientation to economically disadvantaged students. We will examine the role of the opportunity gap for low-income students and some of the challenges that under-resourced children and their families face, such as the problems of unequal access to early childhood education, support services in and outside of school, affirming educational environments, experienced teachers, current technology, higher-order curricula, student-centered pedagogy, and opportunities for family involvement. We will also examine attitudes, beliefs, tools, strategies and practices that can better assure a culture of achievement and full participation of all learners.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students with an in-depth focus on appropriate technology applications for instruction and teachers. It is designed to help teachers construct a conceptual framework based on knowledge about technology and learn how to use that framework to individualize curriculum, instruction and assessment incorporating technology into teaching and learning based on the North Carolina Teaching Standards.

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