The Department of Education offers a Master of Arts in Education degree for liberal arts graduates interested in pursuing an elementary school teaching career. The Elementary Program prepares students to teach grades 1-6.
This is a fall entrance only program which is 3 semesters long (fall, spring, fall). The deadline for application is January 1 of the year in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Additional applications may be considered after January 1, but financial aid opportunities are not as great after the January deadline. Prospective students must submit a completed application form, three letters of reference, two sets of official transcripts from all colleges attended, and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores. The committee will also consider behavior and performance in any prior educational course work. The GRE Code for Washington University is 6929.
All applicants should apply on-line with the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Supporting materials such as transcripts should be mailed to our campus address (see bottom of the page). Contact Roshonda Ludy with any questions about the application process or for more information about the program.
Scores from previously taken tests are usually acceptable. Inquiries can be made to: GRE (800-473-2255).
This program is designed for individuals who do not have a background in a teacher education program leading to elementary certification.
Program of Study
The individual's M.A.Ed. program is planned by the student in consultation with the Elementary Education advisor. 49 credit hours of Professional Education course work is required in the program. Students are responsible for making sure all requirements are met and should monitor their programs carefully. While student input is welcome, it should be understood that student teaching assignments are made by the faculty.
Once admitted to the program, the student's progress is monitored by the advisor and the Pre-Service Admission Committee. In particular, academic progress is reviewed before permission is given to take the professional semester (and student teach). Ordinarily students will not be permitted to student teach if they have incomplete course work.
Foundations of Education - 13 credit hours
Schools and teachers function in relationship to cultural values, social structures, psychological perspectives, and historical traditions. Thus the M.A.Ed. Program is grounded in the social foundations of Education and in Educational Psychology. Foundations courses are taken during the first semester of the sequence outlined below. The remaining courses fall into the category of curriculum and instruction.
Curriculum and Instruction - 36 credit hours (including Professional Semester)
Teachers must continually make curricular and instructional decisions. Therefore, prospective teachers need to learn about innovative practices, professional responsibilities, curriculum development, materials and methods for the various content areas, and methods for evaluating pupil progress, as well as to develop classroom-management and teacher-pupil relationship skills. Students learn and practice these concepts in all curriculum and instruction course work, but the capstone experience is the professional semester.
The Professional Semester
Courses in the Professional Semester serve to integrate instruction with practical classroom teaching experience. Master's candidates receive full-time credit for this intensive semester. Students should keep all other outside activities to an absolute minimum. Students in the Professional Semester spend five (5) full days a week in the schools. Some evenings are spent at the university in formal course work during which students receive instruction in teaching methodologies and are involved in other kinds of activities related to their own classroom teaching. The Professional Semester is offered only in the fall. Orientation for the Professional Semester usually starts before the regular semester at Washington University.
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Students whose applications are completed by January 1 who indicate a desire to be considered for tuition scholarships are considered on the basis of academic promise. Applicants after January 11 generally do not receive financial aid. Awards are made for the academic year beginning the following fall. Assistance is not available during the summer as all course work is scheduled during the spring and fall semesters.
For further information, please contact:
Office of Admissions
Department of Education, Box 1183
Washington University in St Louis
St. Louis, MO 63130