M.A.Ed - Elementary Education

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. Download the M.A.Ed. Elementary Education Program of Studies (pdf) for course descriptions and sequence. 

Field Experiences

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.

Licensure Requirements


  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test: Reading, Writing and Mathematics or appropriate substitution
  • Praxis II: Subject Assessment Test 
  • Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)
  • Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE)

In addition to the program in Elementary Education, you must also satisfy the state's general education licensure requirements.  To be eligible for the K-6 license, you must have completed at least three college credits in each of the following areas:

  • English
  • History
  • Social Science
  • Mathematics
  • Science with accompanying lab

This may have been completed as part of your bachelor's degree, but these courses can be taken at any accredited institution and may be taken pass/fail. It is recommended that you have a bachelor's degree in a liberal arts and sciences discipline to apply to this program, but it is not required.

First Aid, CPR and AED Training
Students seeking licensure in Virginia will need to complete training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of automated external defibrillators.  Students will need to provide documentation of completion of this training, which is usually an official card.  Training courses are offered by the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association.
Fifth Year Option

Current William & Mary undergraduates may pursue 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

Elementary Education Program Contact

[[dlrame, Debbie Ramer]]
Clinical Faculty and Coordinator
(757) 221-2329

Download Program Fast Facts (PDF)