Elementary Education

Master of Education

DescriptionDegree OptionsAdmission RequirementsRegistration
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 under the Degree Options tab. 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.

Please Note: Plymouth State University has made the decision to discontinue the graduate level Elementary Education program after the Summer 2018 semester, due to changing enrollment trends. We will accept new applications through June 1, 2018.

Even though we will stop accepting new students after June 1, we will provide access to courses to meet the NHDOE elementary education certification standards. Our commitment to our current students and their graduate work will remain solid and unchanged.

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

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).

Admissions requirements for the MEd in Elementary Education requires the following materials to be submitted through our online application.

  • 3.0 or better in undergraduate coursework
  • Official transcripts from any/all college level work
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of interest
  • NH Residency Verification form (NH residents only)
  • $75 application fee

Plymouth State University has made the decision to discontinue the graduate level Elementary Education program after the Summer 2018 semester, due to changing enrollment trends. We will accept new applications through June 1, 2018.

Summer 2018 Registration – Opens April 16
Fall 2018 Registration – Opens April 16

Did you know PSU allows you to take up to 12 credits of graduate coursework before applying to most programs? So whether you are admitted to a program or just want to try a class, you can get started today!

Search for classes – the Office of the Registrar handles the course registration process – more information is available by visiting their website where you can check out the current course schedule by clicking on the “Course Offerings” tab, and using the first “Class Schedule Search” option. Simply select the current term from the drop down menu which will then allow you to search for classes in a variety of ways.

Register Online – Registration can be completed online through the myPlymouth portal if you are a current/active student or have been admitted to a graduate program. Be sure to have your user name, password, and the course number and title handy. At the end of the registration process you will be notified of your billing due date. Specific instructions for completing the online registration can be found on the Registrar’s website under the “How to Register” tab.

New to PSU? If you are taking your first graduate class at PSU and have not been admitted to a graduate program, you will need to complete the paper registration form which can be found under the “Registration Forms” tab. Completed forms should be submitted directly to the Office of the Registrar via email to psu-registrar@plymouth.edu or faxed to 603-535-2724.

Graduate Tuition Rates – Tuition for graduate coursework is calculated on a per credit rate based on residency status. Click here to see the current tuition costs.

EL Course Offerings 2018
This course planning matrix shows a tentative schedule of when Elementary Education classes will be offered. Please note this is subject to change.