College of Education2014-2015

Department of Teaching and Learning

Elementary Education - Certification, Master of Education

We designed this academic plan to deepen your knowledge of issues and current research on best practices in the field, while preparing you to be a teacher in grades K-8.Preparing skilled teachers has been a part of NAU's heritage from its earliest years. Those who earn this degree will be ready to contribute to this essential part of community and country-the education of young people, the breath of the future.

This program is nationally recognized by the Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc.

This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


What Can I Do with a Master of Education in Elementary Education - Certification?

No job is more challenging, rewarding, or important than teaching small children. As an elementary educator, you’ll help shape the character—and future—of every child in your classroom. It’s a big responsibility. Our elementary education program will prepare you to succeed.

Our program will help you enhance your teaching skills in K-8 education. You’ll complete advanced courses in teaching methods and curriculum. You also have the option to pursue the Reading Specialist Endorsement, either separately or as part of your degree program.

University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Candidates in this program are required to demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, professional knowledge, and professional dispositions to be eligible to enter student teaching or internship placements. Content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge or skills, professional dispositions are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in the following course(s):

Minimum Units for Completion 46
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Arizona Certification/Endorsement

Prepares student for Arizona Certification and/or Endorsement.

Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching is required.
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Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
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    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy 

    Individual program admission requirements include:

      • Prerequisites (completed prior to enrolling in the program)
      • ENG 101 & ENG 102, or ENG 105 (or equivalent)  with a minimum cumulative English GPA of 3.0, 2. College Algebra or an approved math course with a minimum grade of C
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Master's Requirements
  • Take the following 46 units:

    Select one course from (3 units):
    Select one course from (3 units):
    * This is a full-day, field-based, student-teaching capstone, occurring over a sixteen-week period, that is tied to a 1-unit reflection seminar.

    Note: Before student teaching admission to Elem Ed-Certification (MEd), a passing score on the NES Content Knowledge Test is required. In addition, if student teaching in Middle School, a passing score on the NES Subject Matter Test is required.

    In addition to earning a Master’s degree, this plan meets the Arizona requirements for K-8 teacher certification and provides an institutional recommendation that you can use to obtain K-8 teacher certification in Arizona.

    This degree is considered a terminal degree; you cannot apply it toward a doctoral degree.


  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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