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Elementary Education (MEd, initial licensure)

Become a teacher with our initial licensure M.Ed. program in Elementary Education.
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Degree Overview

The MEd in Elementary Education program (1-6) in the initial licensure concentration is designed for those individuals who have completed an appropriate baccalaureate degree but without an initial license who wish to acquire the competencies and requirements for the initial license in elementary education.

Requirements and Curriculum

1-6 Initial Licensure
Two-Year Course Rotation (PDF)

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Program at a Glance


Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:

  • An official transcript of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Passing scores for the Communication and Literacy subtest of the Massachusetts Test of Educator Licensure (MTEL) or copy of initial teaching license
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • Official transcripts of graduate level course work from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable)
  • Graduate application and fee
  • An essay, no more than one page in length, in response to one of the following questions:
    • Tell us about a positive situation in which you helped a person and made a significant difference in that person’s life.
    • What are the most important factors in establishing a long-term working relationship with students, friends, etc.?
    • Tell us about a significant event that involved you in a teaching or helping mode.
      • Describe the situation as it occurred at the time.
      • What did you do in that particular situation?
      • How did you feel about the situation at the time you were experiencing it?
      • How do you feel about the situation now?
      • What would you change, if anything?


Online and on-campus courses offered in the evenings with some day courses during the summer.

Total Credits

39 credits

Program Cost

Tuition and fees

Time Frame

While you can complete the program in as few as 2.5 years, you have 6 years to complete the program.

Program Highlights

CAEP/NCATE accredited
NEASC approved
State approved for licensure endorsement

The graduate program in Elementary Education (initial licensure) at Fitchburg State University thoroughly and comprehensively prepared me to assume the role of elementary classroom teacher, and provided me with the confidence, knowledge, and insight necessary to excel. Its emphasis on gaining in-classroom experience, as well as its focus on best practices as they relate to the various learning styles ensured that I mastered essential 21st century teaching skills and concepts. As a result of completing this program I am fully prepared to move forward and begin my career as an elementary classroom teacher.
– Jonathan McManus, 2011

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this program and endorsement for licensure through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the candidate is eligible to teach children at the elementary school level (1-6) in both private and public settings.

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