The Master of Education in Teaching: Non-Licensure Concentration in Elementary Education program is ideal if you wish to earn a master’s degree while studying the theory and practical applications of teaching K-6 students. This non-licensure master's program will not lead to eligibility for teaching certification, and is intended for those who do not have and/or are not seeking any teacher licensure.

This master’s program is aligned with West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards (WVPTS), national content standards for elementary education, and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

This program has specific admission requirements.

Program Objectives

The Master of Education: Teaching - Non-Licensure Concentration in Elementary Education program seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply the central concepts, tools of inquiry, structures, contemporary theories, and paradigms in education that develop a classroom climate to enhance the social, emotional, physical, and psychological aspects of students.
  • Create lesson segments that reflect theory and practice.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing when interacting with pupils, parents, teachers, and other school personnel.
  • Design performance-based assessments, instruction, evaluation, and intervention plans.
  • Use media and technology as tools for professional development and to promote student learning.
  • Adjust teaching style and strategies without influence of bias to meet the needs of students regardless of cultural background, ethnicity, gender, learning style, at-risk condition and/or disability.
  • Model professionalism and high ethical standards in the classroom and develop appropriate strategies for self-evaluation as a means of assessing one’s own professionalism and teaching effectiveness.
  • Follow guidelines established by school board policies, negotiated agreements, and school law.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill in classroom management and discipline using effective means to develop and maintain a positive classroom climate.

Candidates in this program must be physically located in proximity to a school district where the right to conduct on site observations will be allowed.

Any background check requirements, including fees, for the selected schools district are the candidate's responsibility.

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The School of Education uses the term “candidate” to distinguish university students from the K-12 students with whom they work.

Degree at a Glance

Core Requirements15
Major Requirements27
Elective Requirements0
Final Program Requirements3
Total Semester Hours45

Degree Program Requirements

Core Requirements (15 semester hours)

Students receiving financial aid may be required to enroll in six (6) semester hours to maintain full time status, but the courses may be taken back to back in the semester rather than concurrently.

EDUC502Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction 13
EDUC518Educational Psychology3
EDUC560Special Education Topics3
EDUC636Effective Instruction for the Inclusive Classroom3
EDUC65021st Century Teaching and Learning3
Total Semester Hours15
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Required as the first course in the program but may be taken concurrently with another course.

Major Requirements (27 semester hours)

EDUC512Diversity and Communication in Education3
EDUC525Classroom Management3
EDUC541Elementary School Mathematics3
EDUC542Elementary School Science3
EDUC544Literature for Elementary School Children3
EDUC547Elementary School Social Studies3
EDUC549Elementary School Arts Across the Curriculum3
EDUC550Elementary School Health and Physical Education3
EDUC551Inclusive Elementary Reading and Writing3
Total Semester Hours27

Elective Requirements (0 semester hours)

There are no elective requirements for this program.

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

EDUC698Capstone: Action Research 13
Total Semester Hours3
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Taken once all other requirements have been met.