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Master of Arts in Education in Elementary Education

Program Details

The online MAE in Elementary Education degree program from Western Kentucky University is made up of two components. The first component, Professional Education, provides advanced level pedagogy, leadership, and content related to Kentucky Teacher Standards and applicable to all P-12 teachers working in the wide gamut of developmental levels and content areas. The second component, Specialization, directs the candidate into an individual program in content, pedagogy, and/or areas of professional growth concurrent with the goals of each candidate. The following Specialization areas are offered:

  • Elementary Math Specialist P-5
  • Environmental Education
  • Gifted Education Endorsement
  • Kentucky Computer Technology
  • Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsement

Requirements

This degree program requires 30-37 credits for completion.

  • Applicants who are alumni of WKU teacher preparation programs must submit a current, valid teaching certificate or Statement of Eligibility for Elementary (Grades P-5). 
  • Applicants with undergraduate degrees from all other accredited universities will be admitted without a qualifying GRE score if they have a minimum 2.75 GPA for all previous coursework (undergraduate and graduate) and a valid teaching certificate for elementary education. A copy of the certificate or statement of eligibility must be submitted with the application. 
  • Applicants with undergraduate degrees from all other higher education accredited universities with a GPA lower than 2.75 (undergraduate and graduate) must achieve a GAP score [(GRE-V + GRE-Q) + (GPA x 100)] of 550 or higher. The 550 score must include a GRE Verbal Reasoning score of 139 or higher, a GRE Quantitative Reasoning score of 139 or higher, and a GRE Analytical Writing score of 3.5 or higher. For GRE scores prior to August 1, 2011, a GAP score (GRE x undergraduate GPA) of 2200 or higher and a GRE Analytical Writing score of 3.5 or higher is required. In addition, applicants must have a valid teaching certificate for elementary education. A copy of the teaching certificate or statement of eligibility must be submitted with the application. 
  • Applicants to the MAE program in Elementary Education must hold or be eligible to hold a teaching certificate at the elementary level OR have a valid elementary program on file with the Office of Professional Educator Services. (Note:  Conversion program must be completed prior to or simultaneously with the MAE.)

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges