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Master of Science (MS) in Elementary Education
Begins every Fall (August), Spring (January) & Summer (June)
Who Should Apply?
If you want to enhance your teaching abilities in the elementary school setting, the online Master of Science (MS) in Elementary Education is designed for you.
Online Master of Science in Elementary Education
- Prepares professional teachers and leaders to address the educational needs of children in grades K-6.
- Designed for applicants who are licensed to teach as well as non-licensed individuals who wish to follow a research-oriented program of study.
- Note: The MS degree does not lead to the Elementary Education Certification.
Qualities of Succesful Candidates
If you are interested in pursuing graduate study in Elementary Education at The University of North Dakota, you should possess the qualities of:
- Mind - demonstrated by creativity, intelligence, independence of thought, willingness to take risks, openness to new ideas, openness to diversity, and flexibility of thought.
- Motivation - demonstrated by commitment to learners of all ages, professional growth, self-direction, and commitment to academic study leading to a graduate degree.
- Literacy - demonstrated by the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Experience - demonstrated by diverse activities including work with children or adults in a variety of settings, foreign or domestic travel, and a liberal education.
Each successful candidate will bring a different mix of characteristics and strengths to graduate study. Your application and supplemental materials should demonstrate the qualities of mind, levels of motivation and literacy, and the quality of experience you bring to UND's graduate program in Elementary Education.
Admission Requirements: MS in Elementary Education
- Teacher licensure OR a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
- A cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 for all undergraduate work or a GPA of at least 3.00 for the last two years of undergraduate work (based on A = 4.00).
- Submission of completed UND School of Graduate Studies application form and supplemental materials, which include your transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement containing responses to the following 3 questions (at least 1 typed page per question):
- Describe several personal and professional goals you would like to achieve in the next 5 years. Include in your description reasons why these goals are important to you.
- What are the characteristics, attitudes, values, and/or skills that you think will make you a good candidate for your chosen professional role?
- What have you already done professionally or personally of which you are proud?
- NOTE: All non-native speakers of English are required to submit their scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or equivalent. Refer to the admissions information on the UND School of Graduate Studies website for details.
If you do not meet the admission standards, you may be admitted on a provisional basis with continued enrollment contingent on successful performance in the program.
For detailed information on admission requirements and the application process, please refer to the UND School of Graduate Studies.