Master of Education in Elementary Education

* This program is no longer accepting applications. Prospective students should instead visit our online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program.*

The online Master of Education in Elementary Education is a professional degree for graduate students who want to enhance their ability to meet the needs of diverse learners in their classrooms, as well as broaden their understanding of educational theories and research as they apply to practice and policy. 

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: Candidates must complete the degree within 5 years of starting the program. Most candidates complete the M.Ed. within 2 years. 
  • Time Commitment: Full or Part Time 
  • Term of Enrollment: Rolling 
  • Course Requirements: 36 credits 
  • Application Deadline: Rolling  
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE exam not required

Program Details

Candidates will take a range of classes that provide them with ongoing professional learning that is both practice-based and theoretically robust. In addition, candidates will learn how to design and enact classroom research within their own contexts. This is a 36-credit M.Ed. program; however, those students who received their teaching certificate from the University of Pittsburgh will be admitted to the program with advanced standing. These students will need to take only 18 additional credits and will use 18 credits from their graduate certification program to complete the 36-credit requirement. Similarly, if a student completed a graduate education program at another university, he/she will be granted up to 12 advanced credits. These courses will be transferred into the program and an additional 24 credits will be completed at the University of Pittsburgh. 


Degree Requirements

Candidates will complete a comprehensive exam during their final semester in the program.  


There are no specific requirements other than having obtained a bachelor’s degree. While not required, this program is designed for candidates who have already obtained initial teaching certification in elementary education. 

Career Pathways

Most candidates go on to be classroom teachers in K-6 classrooms. Some candidates do decide to gain additional degrees that allow them to take administrative positions in schools and school districts.