M.Ed. On Campus

Elementary Education (Teacher Certification in Social Studies, Grades 4-8)

12 months
765 USD/credit 27540 USD/year
765 USD/credit 27540 USD/year
357 USD/credit 12852 USD/year
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The Elementary Education (Teacher Certification in Social Studies, Grades 4-8) program from Texas State University with an emphasis on talent development is unique in the nation. Students are exposed to ways that open talent development and creativity beyond dominant perspectives and historical categories and places. 


The Elementary Education (Teacher Certification in Social Studies, Grades 4-8) program from Texas State University offers advanced studies in curriculum, teaching, and learning for educators who are certified to teach at the levels of early childhood through middle grades (EC-8). Texas State also offers the concentrations below that allow students to focus on a particular area of interest while interacting within a larger community of intellectual inquiry in education. Course work may be completed on the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses.

Through school, community, and professional partnerships, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction advances scholarship and pedagogy that influence educational practice and policy. Faculty and graduate students in the talent development concentration:

  • encourage the creative actions of youth, adults, and communities
  • support the development of skillful practice and of responsive and responsible actions
  • increase equity in education
  • enhance well-being and engagement

Career Options

A master’s in elementary education offers graduates options to teach in a variety of settings. Graduates are qualified to teach in their area of specialty and become grade level or content team leaders, mentor teachers, instructional coaches, or writers of textbooks. This degree also prepares graduates interested in working in academia to pursue a Ph.D. or work at the collegiate level.

Talent development graduates pursue careers in school settings and in nontraditional educational settings. The knowledge, skills, and creativity developed through the program may be applied in a wide variety of careers. Graduates include classroom teachers, district curriculum specialists, campus instructional coaches, reading specialists, athletic coaches, university instructors, and self-employed artists and web designers. Some students have completed Ph.D. degrees after graduation.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Middle School Instructional Strategies and Practices
  • Middle School Philosophy and Learning
  • Elementary Social Studies: Curriculum Problems
  • Multicultural Teaching and Learning
  • Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • resume/CV, including contact information for two references who are familiar with your scholarly work and/or relevant work experience
  • statement of purpose (one to two double-spaced pages) that includes your rationale for pursuing graduate study in this particular program

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 765 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    27540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 765 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    12852 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 357 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for San Marcos

921 - 1707 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Elementary Education (Teacher Certification in Social Studies, Grades 4-8)
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