College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions

MEd in Elementary Education

The Master of Education in Elementary Education (M.Ed.) is an initial certification program for those who wish to teach grades 1-6.

You may be a recent college graduate with an undergraduate degree in another field who is just now considering a career in teaching. You may have worked for years in the business world and are looking for a complete career change. Our program can help you achieve your career goals; you do not need to have an undergraduate degree in education to enter our program.

Most of our students are working and are completing their degrees by enrolling in one or two courses each fall, spring and summer session. Classes generally meet one evening per week (twice a week during the summer session.)  Student teaching is required, which means there will be a day commitment near the end of your program of study.

Montessori teachers and those currently enrolled in the Montessori Training Center Northeast may also earn a Master of Education in Elementary Education with a Montessori concentration. See the Montessori concentration page for more information.

Degree Requirements

The master’s degree in elementary education leading to certification (grades 1-6) requires 45 credits. Additional undergraduate coursework may be necessary to meet State of Connecticut certification requirements.  

For more information, and to see a complete list of degree requirements, visit the Course Catalog.

Required Core Courses - 21 credits

Theoretical Foundations: Children and Adults with Special Needs
Applied Developmental and Learning Theory
Fundamentals of Reading Instruction
Computer as Instructional Tool
Models of Instruction: Elementary

Upper Level Courses - 15 credits

Curriculum and Standardized Assessments
Planning and Assessing: Elementary
Elementary Math Methods

Student Teaching and Seminar - 9 credits

Upon successful completion of course work, student teaching, the specified national PRAXIS II exam, CT Foundations of Reading Test, and a comprehensive program examination, candidates will be recommended for Connecticut certification in elementary education.

Program Focus

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Our two on-campus magnet schools, the University of Hartford Magnet School and the University High School of Science and Engineering, provide rich learning and research opportunities for our students and faculty.

The Master of Education in Elementary Education focuses on the following:

  • The growth and development of elementary education students
  • The content areas of elementary education, including math, language arts, science, social studies, physical education, health education, music, the arts, and personal social skills
  • Teaching methodology (pedagogy)
  • The knowledge of reflective practice, including knowing yourself

We prepare you to be a reflective practitioner who integrates understanding of subject areas, your students, and theories of pedagogy. Learning and developmental theories, knowledge of curriculum and effective teaching strategies, cultural and diverse needs of students, integration of technology, application of skills in assessment and implementation, and evaluation of effective educational programs are addressed in the curriculum.


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The following application materials must be filed with the Center for Graduate and Adult Academic Services for applicants seeking the master's degree in elementary education:

  • official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions;
  • two letters of reference from professional or academic sources;
  • completed University of Hartford application for graduate study and application fee;
  • a letter of intent specifying the reasons for seeking admission;
  • a résumé outlining related education and professional experience;
  • an interview with the appropriate faculty member;
  • though no longer a formal requirement of the University, taking the Praxis Core (formerly Praxis I) academic skills assessment or the SAT (administered after 2005) is required for prospective teachers by the Connecticut State Department of Education. Please submit test results as part of a complete application.

Click here for additional requirements for international applicants.

The priority filing date is April 15 for entry in summer or fall and November 15 for entry in spring. Applications received after the priority filing dates will be considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on the quality of the application and the number of remaining openings in the class.
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Additional Information

Program Learning Outcomes

Candidate Effect on Student Learning

Assess their own ability to plan effective instruction based on student outcomes.

Gauge and reflect on whether they are able to assess student outcomes using pre- and post-assessment.

Plan effective instruction based on state standards and assessment data.


Plan a standard-based sequence of instruction using national and state standards.

Align assessments with meaningful learning objectives.

Differentiate instruction for different learning needs.

Work in collaboration with others.


Align activities with curriculum objectives, as well as state and national standards.

Write clear objectives and plan developmentally appropriate lesson plans based on student needs.

Differentiate instruction and use appropriate scaffolding, thereby ensuring that all students can learn.

Use effective instructional techniques and maintain a positive environment in the classroom.

Reflect on their performance and its effect on student understanding.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Total expenses for your graduate degree in elementary education will vary depending upon the cost, if any, of undergraduate courses you may need to complete to be eligible for certification in the State of Connecticut. Once you develop a program of study based upon your prior coursework and experience, you will be able to estimate the total cost of your program.

Please see this page for the University's official current tuition rates and fees. Please note that tuition and fees are subject to change.

To discuss ways to finance your program of study, contact the financial aid officer for the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions.

Financial Aid Office

Program Contacts

Department of Education

Graduate Admission Office


Accreditation and State of Connecticut Certification

Certification programs in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, including our elementary education program, are approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) as well as the State of Connecticut Department of Education. The Educational Testing Service's Praxis II exam is utilized for certification of teachers in Connecticut. See Pass rate.

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