Masters in Elementary Education

Elementary Education | Graduate

Overview & Purpose: Preparing World-Class Teachers for an Interdependent World

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Elementary Education degree program is a four-semester master's degree program offered in the Howard University School of Education (HUSOE). Housed in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I), the M.Ed degree program is aligned with department's mission to prepare teachers and other professionals for leadership roles in a variety of national and global educational settings. The 39-credit Master of Education program consists of a curriculum that meets state and professional standards and prepares candidates for certification as elementary education teachers.

The program is grounded in cutting-edge empirical research and best practices for addressing the educational needs of underserved children and youth, especially African American and other children of color in urban and other diverse settings. Asset-focused teaching methodologies and interdisciplinary coursework prepare candidates to (a) think and reflect critically; (b) analyze and solve problems; (c) make ethical decisions; (d) translate theory and research into effective practice; and (e) understand self, history, and community. Core components of the program include: (a) an interdisciplinary approach that highlights human development sciences and an asset-focused approach to teaching culturally and linguistically diverse children; (b) an emphasis on strong content and sound pedagogical practices; and (c) extensive field- based experiences. Full-time students may complete the program in one year.


James Jackson, PhD

Program Coordinator
Associate Professor

Katherine Norris, Ed.D

Department Chair
Associate Professor

Program Details

  • Degree Classification: Graduate
  • Related Degrees: M.Ed.
  • Program Frequency: Full-Time
  • Format: In Person

Admission Requirements

Candidates for the Masters in Elementary Education must provide the following:

  • Undergraduate GPA 2.7 or higher
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • *Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Reading score of  156 or higher
  • *Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Writing score of 162 or higher
  • *Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Mathematics score of 150 or higher
  • Personal Statement
  • Biographical Sketch
  • Three letters of recommendation 

Degree Requirements

Please refer to the Plan of Study for Masters in Elementary Education for details. 

Caution to Prospective Students

The Board of Trustees of Howard University on September 24, 1983, adopted the following policy statement regarding applications for admission: "Applicants seeking admission to Howard University are required to submit accurate and complete credentials and accurate and complete information requested by the University. Applicants who fail to do so shall be denied admission. Enrolled students who as applicants failed to submit accurate and complete credentials or accurate and complete information on their application for admission shall be subject to dismissal when the same is made known, regardless of classification."