College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions

MEd in Elementary Education

At a Glance

The Master of Education in Elementary Education program offers a supportive sequence of fully online content and methods coursework to fit into your busy schedule. Graduates of the M.Ed in Elementary Education program earn their master’s degree as well as an initial certification to teach grades 1-6.

Part Time
Rolling Admission

Degrees Offered

Total Credits

Master of Education


About the Program

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Elementary teachers make a difference in children’s lives every day. Whether you just graduated or you are looking for a career change, our program can help you achieve your goals.

Montessori teachers and those currently enrolled in the Montessori Training Center Northeast may also earn a Master of Education in Elementary Education with a Montessori concentration. See the Montessori concentration page for more information.

Degree Requirements

The master’s degree in elementary education leading to certification (grades 1-6) requires 30 credits of online coursework, plus 9 credits of student teaching. Additional undergraduate coursework may be necessary to meet State of Connecticut certification requirements.  

 For more information, and to see a complete list of degree requirements, visit the Course Catalog.

EDH 510: Theoretical Foundations - Children & Adults with Special Needs

EDR 550: Fundamentals of Reading Instruction

EDR 551: Reading & Language Arts Instruction

EDE 663: PK-6 Science and Technology in the Classroom

EDP 540: Applied Developmental & Learning Theories

EDT 663: Elementary Methods – Social Studies/Science/Art

EDE 662: Planning & Assessing – Elementary

EDF 568: Philosophic & Cultural Issues in Contemporary Education

EDE 664: Elementary Methods – Mathematics

EDE 667: Student teaching

Program Focus

  • The growth and development of elementary education students
  • The content areas of elementary education, including math, language arts, science, social studies, physical education, health education, music, the arts, and personal social skills
  • Teaching skills and methods (pedagogy)
  • The knowledge of reflective practice, including knowing yourself

We prepare you to be a reflective practitioner who integrates understanding of subject areas, your students, and theories of pedagogy. Learning and developmental theories, knowledge of curriculum and effective teaching strategies, cultural and diverse needs of students, integration of technology, application of skills in assessment and implementation, and evaluation of effective educational programs are addressed in the curriculum.

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Admission Requirements

  • The M.Ed Elementary Education program is for any college graduate seeking certification in Elementary Grades 1-6. A major in education is not required.
  • A bachelor's degree with minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. (Conditional admission may be offered if GPA is below 3.0).

Application Steps

  1. Complete our online application.
  2. Request official transcripts from bachelor’s degree-granting institution and for any graduate coursework completed. Have transcripts sent to: University of Hartford, Graduate Admissions, Online Programs, CC231, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117 USA


  • A non-refundable application fee ($50)
  • An essay describing your reasons for seeking admission.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic sources.
  • Though no longer a formal requirement of the University, evidence of having taken the SAT or the Praxis Core is required for prospective teachers by the Connecticut State Department of Education. Please submit test results as part of

Additional Requirements for International Applicants. 

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Additional Information

  1. Candidates apply their knowledge of disciplinary content, curricular standards, and pedagogy to plan and instruct lessons that meet the needs of students in inclusive classrooms
  2. Candidates administer and analyze formal and informal assessments to inform their instructional practice.
  3. Candidates foster learning environments that support linguistically and culturally diverse students
  4. Candidates exhibit effective communication, collaboration, and professionalism

Total expenses for your graduate degree in elementary education will vary depending upon the cost if any, of undergraduate courses you may need to complete to be eligible for certification in the State of Connecticut. Once you develop a program of study based on your prior coursework and experience, you will be able to estimate the total cost of your program.

Please visit our financial aid website for the University's official current tuition rates and fees. Please note that tuition and fees are subject to change.

To discuss ways to finance your program of study, contact the financial aid officer for the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions.

Financial Aid Office


Program Contacts

Elementary Education Program Director
Jillian Cavanna
Associate Professor of Elementary Education, STEM, and Innovation
Department of Education

You may also contact the Department of Education at 860.768.5263 for a referral to an appropriate faculty member. 

Graduate Admissions Office

Accreditation and State of Connecticut Certification

Certification programs in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions are accredited based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through the CAEP Accreditation System (CAEP), as well as the State of Connecticut Department of Education. The Educational Testing Service's Praxis II exam is utilized for certification of teachers in Connecticut. See Pass rate.

Professional Licensing Disclosure
Visit Out-of-State Educators to see the Connecticut State Department of Education reciprocity agreement. The NASDTEC website details the interstate reciprocity agreement across states.