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Master of Arts in Elementary Education

Program Details

The online MA in Elementary Education degree program prepares students to pursue teaching positions in K-6 school settings. Graduates understand the nature of the elementary school-age learner in relation to the learning and evaluation process and are able to make critical decisions by synthesizing information relative to the development of appropriate living/learning environments.


Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and a valid North Carolina "A" level teaching license or the equivalent from another state. If the North Carolina teaching license is in an area other than elementary education, before the applicant is eligible to receive the M level license, he or she must pass the elementary education NES Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum Tests. 
If the applicant does not have teaching experience in the elementary grades, they must successfully complete an internship by taking CI 5900 Internship/Practicum (3 s.h.). This may result in the total number of credit hours exceeding 39. 

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Resume 
  • Official (sealed) transcript from each college or university attended (other than Appalachian) 
  • Three references 
  • Application fee 
  • GRE or MAT scores no older than five years

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Council for Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP)


Appalachian cannot confirm whether this professional licensure program will meet the requirements for professional licensure outside North Carolina; therefore, prior to enrollment, if you intend to practice in another state, you must determine if this program meets requirements for licensure in your state by contacting your appropriate licensing agencies.