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2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Elementary Education Grades 1-5

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Total Hours Required for Degree:  36

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree program in Elementary Education Grades 1-5 leads to initial teacher certification.


By meeting the general requirements for admission to the William J. Dore’, Sr. School of Graduate Studies and the following prerequisites, applicants can enroll in Portal I courses:

  • Possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited university.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 on undergraduate coursework.

In order to be formally admitted into the Master of Arts in Teaching program and progress into Portal II courses, a candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Pass the Core Academic Skills for Educators test (e.g., reading, writing, and mathematics) of the Praxis.
  • Pass the content-specific examinations of the Praxis.  Candidates for grades 1-5 (regular and special education) must pass the Elementary Education: Content Knowledge specialty examination.
  • Complete, report, and submit all requirements of the EDUC 599 packet to the Office of Graduate Education Programs.


Students enrolled in EDUC 683 or 685 are considered full-time students in the fall and spring semesters to prevent student loans from entering repayment status, for insurance purposes, and for Citizenship and Immigration Services reporting.

General Notes

  • Credits applied must be earned within 6 calendar years from the time the student first enrolled in the program.
  • No grade below C and not more than 6 credit hours of C work can be applied toward the degree.
  • Only transfer credits with a grade of B or better may be applied toward the degree.

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