Elementary Education

Master of Education

The Elementary Education major offers concentrations in K-6 and K-8 teacher certification, and prepares students for the New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE) elementary education teacher certification candidacy. The curriculum addresses both state and national standards and integrates theory and practice in a balance of coursework and field experiences.

The curriculum requirements for the K-6 certification are listed below. To be certified as an elementary teacher for grades K-8, candidates must complete a content concentration in a core subject area (mathematics, social studies, English language arts, or science), as defined by the most current NHDOE standards, and earn a passing grade on the middle school Praxis II exam for their chosen field.

Requirements for certification may change, subject to changes made by the NHDOE. Teacher candidates can find the latest NHDOE standards at education.nh.gov/index.htm.

Certification-only Option: Students may pursue K-6 and K-8 certification only following the same curriculum requirements below.

Use the Course Planning Matrix to see when Elementary Education courses will be offered.

Curriculum Requirements

Total for MEd in Elementary Education, K–6 Certification – 45 credits

*Both passing PRAXIS II: Elementary Education/Multiple Subjects test scores and passing NH Foundations of Reading scores must be submitted to PSU prior to registration (see Office of Educator Preparation for required timeline).