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Master’s Degree in Elementary Education (Licensure Program)

Earn your Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree in elementary education and become licensed to teach 1st through 6th grades in Illinois. Greenville University’s elementary education program offers a flexible and highly personalized master’s degree option for educators seeking elementary licensure. First, we work with you to ensure that you have completed all the general education coursework required by the Illinois State Board of Education. Our faculty will then guide you through the steps to complete your graduate program coursework, required field experiences and student teaching. The master’s degree in elementary education is offered in a convenient hybrid format that combines online and face-to-face learning experiences, and can be completed in two years.

In the master’s degree in elementary education at Greenville University, you’ll learn how to:

  • Teach a wide range of elementary school subjects, including mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, reading and fine arts.
  • Plan lessons and assess learning in elementary school students.
  • Develop teaching strategies that inspire and motivate diverse learners.

Why Earn Your Master’s Degree in Elementary Education at Greenville University?

Combining hands-on learning and online convenience, the elementary education master’s degree program prepares you for the challenges of a real classroom, and gives you the skills to advance your teaching career. The program is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education and graduates will be licensed to teach grades 1 through 6 in Illinois. These are some of the top reasons to choose Greenville University for your graduate school education:

  • Complete your master’s degree at a college near you. Our Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program brings the courses needed for elementary education licensure to local college and community college campuses. Currently, the master’s degree in elementary education is offered at Kaskaskia College (Centralia, IL); Lewis and Clark Community College (Godfrey, IL); Lincoln Christian University (Lincoln, IL); Southwestern Illinois College (Belleville, IL); and Lincoln Land Community College (Springfield, IL).
  • Benefit from a mix of online and face-to-face learning experiences in a hybrid classroom format. Our flipped classroom design allows for hands-on learning and direct participation in activities that require problem-solving and collaboration. Activities that require less instructor support, such as lectures, readings and discussions are completed in an online environment. Learn more about courses in the master’s degree in elementary education program.
  • Get practical experience that will prepare you for your career. The elementary education master’s degree program includes field experiences and student teaching engagements with local schools that enable you to develop real-world classroom teaching skills.
  • Learn from expert faculty with extensive elementary education experience. Our instructors are education leaders with expert knowledge of the latest educational research, methods and techniques for elementary school students. Meet the faculty for the master’s degree in elementary education program at Greenville University.
  • Design a program of study based on your needs. Our expert advisors are here to help you set up a plan of study that is personalized to your needs. You can also adapt and change your coursework as you go along.
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Locations:

Online & Face-to-Face

Tuition and Fees:

$25,742 - $27,089

Completion Time:

2 Years

Career Opportunities

Career Outlook for Elementary Education Master’s Degree Graduates

Earning your master’s degree in elementary education will help you advance your professional skills, boost your salary and prepare for ongoing professional development.

Illinois has one of the highest employment levels in the nation for elementary school teachers. It’s also one of the top five states for highest concentration of jobs in elementary education. The average annual wage for elementary school teachers in Illinois is $62,620.*

Top elementary education careers

  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • School Administrator

* Bureau of Labor Statistics

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