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Elementary Education

Master of Science in Education and Initial Teaching Certification

This graduate program is designed for individuals with an undergraduate degree in an area other than education who want to become certified to teach in an elementary or early childhood classroom.

Key Features

  • Completion of Wisconsin certification requirements for Early Childhood through Middle Childhood (grades preK-6) while pursuing the master's degree.
  • Field experiences during the day in elementary and early childhood settings are integrated throughout the program.
  • Year-round classes are held during the evenings in combination with online and summer coursework.

Program Curriculum

Select the catalog number to see the course description.

Degree Requirements

Initial Licensure Requirements, 32 credits

First Fall Term
TED 701 Psychology of Teaching and Learning, 3 credits
TED 706 Historical, Philosophical and Multicultural Foundations of Education, 3 credits
TED 708 Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Curriculum and Early Childhood Methods, 3 credits

Winter Term
TED 661 Health and Physical Education for Elementary Teachers, 2 credits

Spring Term
TED 711 Literacy Methods: English Language Arts Assessment, Instruction and Intervention, 3 credits
TED 713 Social Studies Methods and Children's Literature, 3 credits
TED 716 Inclusive Education for English Learners and Students with Special Needs, 3 credits

Summer Term
TED 726 Creative Expression: Methods in Arts, Integrated Movement and Wellness, 3 credits

Second Fall Term
TED 731 STEM-infused Math for Elementary Educators, 3 credits
TED 738 Integrated STEM: Methods for Elementary Science Education, 3 credits
TED 741 Assessment Principles for Elementary Educators, 3 credits

Required for Teaching Certification (6 credits)
TED 746 Student Teaching, Grades PreK-6, 6 credits

Prior to student teaching, student must also receive a qualifying minimum score of 157 from Praxis Subject Assessment Exam for Elementary Education (#5018) and a passing score on the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test (FORT).

See the Educator Preparation Program for more information.

Master of Science Degree Completion Requirements, 3 credits
TED 748 Capstone Experience Course for Elementary Teachers, 3 credits

Admissions Requirements

The admissions process is designed so that those who enter and complete the program will obtain their license and be prepared for a career as a teacher. Individuals who complete the admissions process before May 15 will have priority for admission into the fall cohort. Later applicants may be admitted if space is available.

All candidates need to meet these admissions requirements:

  • submitted online UW-River Falls application and payment of the processing fee;
  • transcripts showing an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 based on a 4.0 scale;
  • qualifying scores from a basic skills exam (visit the Educator Preparation Program web site for options); and
  • a  personal letter of intent indicating the reasons for your interest in the program.

Send all documents directly to the UWRF Graduate Admissions Office by mail or email. Transcripts must be sent to UWRF directly from your previously attended institution. Criminal background checks are performed on all admitted students.

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Dr. Hilary Pollack
Program Director

Pamela Bowen
Outreach Program Manager

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