The online, two-year Master of Arts in Teaching – Elementary Education from Greenville University allows students with a bachelor's degree to continue their education at the graduate level, sit for the edTPA exam, and pursue initial licensure to teach elementary education in the state of Illinois. Graduates are qualified to teach grades one through six.
Students can transfer up to six previously earned credits to accelerate their studies and finish their master's degree faster. A background in education is not required, so this program is ideal for those with a bachelor's degree who want to transition to a new career as an educator.
The program is delivered in a flexible online learning environment designed for working adults with busy schedules. Coursework explores essential education topics like lesson planning, data-driven assessment, teaching methods, and trends and issues in modern education. Students complete 15 weeks of student teaching to gain hands-on classroom experience.
Greenville students have a 99% pass rate on the edTPA exam, surpassing the national average. Because the M.A. in Teaching – Elementary Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and approved by the Illinois State Board of Education, students can be confident they're earning a credential recognized for excellence statewide.
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Program Accreditation & Licensing
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
School Accreditation & Licensing
Greenville University is accredited by:
Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationBachelor Degree
Recommended GPA2.75 or above (4.0 scale)
Official College Transcript(s)
This program is designed to prepare students for the edTPA exam and initial teaching certification for grades one through six in Illinois. Residents of other states should review their state's licensing requirements before applying.
Students in the program complete 15 weeks of student teaching, a portion of which must be completed in Illinois.