Master's in Elementary Education


The Elementary Education M.Ed. program consists of a comprehensive and innovative series of experiences designed to develop the knowledge, skills and qualities essential for initial teaching effectiveness. The mission of the program, grounded in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development's bridging concepts—Research and Scholarship, Reflective Practice, Community Service, and Educational Leadership, is to prepare teachers who are knowledgeable in the research and scholarship of curriculum and methods of instruction; who are reflective practitioners in the integration of theory and practice; who are actively dedicated to teaching and learning in a pluralistic democracy; and who, as leaders, are eager to contribute to the national conversation about the reform of American schools and society.

The program's mission is further grounded in a conceptual framework that consists of an integrated set of three themes: knowledge, individuality, and social responsibility. These three themes provide a cohesive conceptual framework for the entire program and are reflected in all aspects of program coursework as well as in related clinical experiences. The relationship of the conceptual framework's three themes is interactive.

This master's program is approved by the office of the State Superintendent - Standards and Credentialing of the District of Columbia and is part of the GSEHD unit accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Dr. Beck was one of six GW graduates honored in 2015 with the GW Alumni Association’s highest annual award for service.

For more information about the unique features of this program, its conceptual framework, and curriculum please view, download, or print: Elementary Education. Program Plans for the 1 and 2 year options can be found here.

All applicants for M.Ed. Elementary Education must submit a writing sample which should consist of an academic paper written for undergraduate studies, a professional paper, or published academic or professional work with full citation.

Read the Elementary Education Annual Newsletter.


Good teachers know the subject matter they teach; and understand the process of its construction and the impact of its use in real world settings. This extended view of knowledge establishes a base for meaningful classroom instruction in content areas.


Today’s youngsters come from a rich array of cultural and experiential backgrounds. They bring to schools a diverse set of personal, social, and academic expectations. Good teachers are attentive to students as individuals; they are also sensitive to the broader cultural context that gives shape to diversity.

Social Responsibility

Teaching is a socially significant profession that calls for a wider, moral vision extending beyond the narrowness of personal gain and private intellectual development. The education of today’s youth is connected to many crucial issues confronting the larger social order.


Why a GW Master's in Elementary Education?

  • Licensure Eligible: A one-year or two-year, intensive 33 credit program, the Elementary Education model leads to eligibility for licensure in grades 1-6. The program is approved by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
  • Internship and Immersion: Course work covers a broad array of topics from development and diversity, language and literacy to perspectives on American education. The course work strengthens field placement in 19 partnership elementary school in the Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland districts.

Partnership Schools

  • Alexandria City
    • George Mason
    • James Polk
    • Samuel Tucker
  • Arlington County
    • Arlington Science Focus School
    • Glebe
    • Long Branch
    • Our Savior Lutheran School
  • District of Columbia
    • Eaton, NW
    • Hyde, NW
    • Key, NW
    • Lafayette, NW
    • Lowell Independent School
    • Ross, NW
    • Watkins, SE
    • Washington International School
  • Fairfax County
    • Bailey's
    • Riverside
    • Spring Hill
  • Falls Church City
    • Thomas Jefferson
  • Montgomery County
    • Green Acres Independent School
    • Somerset

Foundation Courses

CPED 6604 Perspectives in American Education
CPED 6606 Theories of Learning and Development
CPED 6608 Development and Diversity
SPED 6290 Affective Development and Behavior Management in Special Education


CPED 6410 Reading Children’s Literature across the Curriculum
CPED 6412 Elementary School Curriculum and Methods (Math)
CPED 6412 Elementary School Curriculum and Methods (Science)
CPED 6412 Elementary School Curriculum and Methods (Language Arts)
CPED 6412 Elementary School Curriculum and Methods (Social Studies)
CPED 6623 Foundations of Reading Development
EDUC 6114 Introduction to Quantitative Research


CPED 6635 Professional Internship in Elementary Education (taken for 6 credits)

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Career Outlook


Our Elementary Education graduates are teaching throughout the country and the Washington DC metropolitan area. In addition to teaching, our graduates become leaders in their profession. They are:

  • Teacher Mentors
  • Cooperating Teachers
  • Gifted Resource Teachers
  • Advanced Academic Program Teachers
  • Reading Specialists
  • Early Childhood Specialists
  • School Based Technology Specialists
  • Instructional Coaches
  • Literacy Coaches
  • Mathematics Coaches
  • In the News

    GSEHD alumnus Mike Mangiaracina (M.Ed. '08, elementary education), is the recipient of a 2016 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)! Mr. Mangiaracina is a D.C. Public Schools teacher, teaching science and math at Brent Elementary. CONGRATULATIONS!!

    GSEHD alumna Sasha Zeedyk (masters, elementary education) was highlighted in CSUF News Center's Child Inspires Teacher to Become Autism Researcher.

    GSEHD student Jason Moore (elementary education) was named winner of the 2016 John Horrworth Children's Book Award for his book Shell Shock at the GSEHD Elementary Education Program's Class of 2016 Graduation Celebration. Dr. Gloria Horrworth, Professor Emeritus of Reading Education, established the endowment for this annual book writing competition in 2001 in memory of her son, John, who was an avid reader before his passing from leukemia at the age of 14. Professor Kim Sloan, instructor for the program's Children's Literature course, conducted the children's book writing project.

    Susan Koch, GSEHD Elementary Education alumna from 1988 and first grade teacher, has been named the 2016 Vermont Teacher of the Year. She will be coming to DC for a reception with President Obama at the White House in early May.