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Elementary Education, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #501 (ARWU) Fayetteville, AR, United States
The University of Arkansas offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.E.) degree in Childhood Education and the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree in Elementary Education. These combined degree programs are one of the options at the University of Arkansas that lead to initial teacher licensure in Elementary Education (Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 6).
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Students who obtain their B.S.E. degree from the University of Arkansas will have completed the prerequisite course requirements for entry into the M.A.T. program. Students who obtain a bachelors degree from another university and/or in a program area other than Elementary Education must have their transcripts evaluated by a Elementary Education program adviser to determine what deficiencies must be met before they can be considered for admission into the M.A.T. program. The M.A.T. degree program is a 33-semester-hour program. To be recommended for licensure by the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, campus, students must complete the M.A.T. degree program or the undergraduate Elementary Licensure program (see undergraduate catalog for more information). Students also choose a concentration from among English as a Second Language, Reading, Gift and Talented, or STEM Education.

The program also offers coursework toward a graduate certificate in STEM Education for Early Childhood (K-4).

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Elementary Education Seminar
  • Measurement, Research and Statistical Concepts in the Schools
  • Classroom Management Concepts
  • Curriculum Design Concepts for Teachers
  • Multicultural Issues in Elementary Education
  • Action Research in Elementary Education
  • Elementary Education Cohort Teaching Internship
  • Applied Practicum
  • Literacy Assessment and Intervention
  • Second Language Methodologies
  • Second Language Assessment
  • Elementary Education Seminar

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission requirements for the M.A.T. degree program for initial certification are as follows:

  • Completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree program.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.00, or 3.00 in the last 60 hours of the baccalaureate degree .
  • Admission to the Graduate School.
  • Screening/acceptance into internship, which includes an admission portfolio.
  • Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program.
  • Successful completion of the required criminal background check. Background check materials must be submitted by May 1st prior to the internship year.
  • Completion of the pre-education core with a minimum of “C” in all courses.
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses in teaching field.
  • Payment of internship fee.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1138 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1138 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    421 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 421 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Fayetteville

  • 930 - 1350 USD/month
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