New Online Elementary Education Degree Program

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University of North Dakota


The University of North Dakota has launched a new online Elementary Education graduate program for Fall 2011. The online Master of Science in Elementary Education will help teachers enhance their ability to address the educational needs of elementary school children. The program is fully online so that educators can pursue their graduate education without traveling to Grand Forks.

“Our master’s degree in Elementary Education is now accessible to all teachers, no matter where they live,” said Bonni Gourneau, associate professor and online program director with the UND Department of Teaching & Learning(part of the College of Education & Human Development).

“With the new online format, teachers can receive a high quality graduate education from UND without having to attend courses on campus,” Gourneau said.

The online Master of Science in Elementary Education combines theory and research with practical experience. Students will learn innovative educational methods for children in kindergarten through grade 6 that includes creating learner-centered environments with various resources and technology, current instructional practices, and alternative assessment strategies.

To earn the degree, students must complete 32 credits, including a teaching practicum in a local elementary school setting. Graduates of the program will possess a deeper understanding of elementary education that will help them create supportive and productive learning environments. Graduates will also have enhanced leadership skills.

Acceptance into the online Elementary Education graduate program requires that applicants have a teacher’s license or bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75. Teacher licensure is not required for admission. Potential applicants should apply by August 1 as classes begin in late August.