Do you dream of making a difference in the lives of children? Make it a reality with an M.A.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Elementary Education. Our program focuses on integrating theory, research and practice so that in one year, you’ll be ready to step into the classroom with the knowledge, skills and strategies to confidently teach diverse student populations. Get ready to unlock your potential—and that of your students.
This program is designed as a full-time, 12-month (summer, fall, spring) program in which students complete all requirements as a cohort. This model provides for an intense and rewarding experience and creates a strong network of support among students, faculty, cooperating teachers and university supervisors.
Graduate students in Elementary Education complete a 45-semester hour program that includes educational foundations course work, methods courses in elementary school subject fields, and student teaching experiences. Course descriptions and sequence can be found on the M.A.Ed. Elementary Education Program of Studies.
In addition to your coursework, you will spend time in real classrooms throughout the program. You will have structured opportunities to observe and interact with students in both the lower and upper elementary grades, so you'll be prepared to succeed in any grade level.
Fall practicum: You’ll be placed in a local school with a cooperating teacher mentor to complete a minimum of 60 hours of observation and interaction. Coursework is linked to the practica experiences, with faculty supporting students as they become immersed in the classroom.
Spring student teaching: Students continue working in the same classroom for their spring student teaching experience. This full-time teaching internship provides an intensive and critical component of your preparation as a teacher.
General Education Course Requirements
In addition to other program requirements, candidates seeking an endorsement in elementary education PK-6 must complete six semester hours in each of the following disciplines: English, mathematics, laboratory sciences, and history and social sciences. The laboratory science courses must be from two different science disciplines.
Undergraduate and 5th Year Programs
Current William & Mary undergraduates may pursue elementary education through a BAEd, a second major in education or enter our fifth year program, in which students complete a master's degree as a fifth year. Learn more.