The online Master of Arts in Elementary Education degree at Appalachian

Appalachian State University’s flexible, online Master of Arts in Elementary Education program will help you perfect the skills needed to become an effective elementary teacher.

Courses provide specialized preparation for individuals seeking to teach in the K-6 school setting.

This App State Online degree program is designed to meet the advanced competencies as mandated in the North Carolina Excellent Schools Act for Master-level teacher education programs.

You will be taught to understand the nature of the elementary school-age learner in relation to the learning and evaluation process. With this understanding, you will be able to make critical decisions by synthesizing information relative to the development of appropriate living/learning environments.

This program leads to a “M” level licensure for elementary grades.

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  • Elementary school teacher
  • Tutor
  • Lead teacher

Degree details

Program information

(Note: Not all courses listed may be delivered to App State Online students. Refer curriculum questions to the program contact.)

Eligibility and application requirements


Applicants must:

Note: If the North Carolina teaching license is in an area other than elementary education, before the applicant is eligible to receive the M level license, he or she must pass the NES Foundations of Reading and Praxis 7803: Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics CKT test.

Admissions exam:

GRE or MAT scores are required for entry into this program unless the applicant has an undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or better.

Application requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Resume
  • Official (sealed or electronic) transcripts from each college or university (other than Appalachian) attended in the last five years
  • Three references
  • Application fee

Program requirement

If you do not have teaching experience in the elementary grades, you must successfully complete an internship by taking CI 5900 Internship/Practicum (3 s.h.). This may result in the total number of hours exceeding 39 s.h.

Professional Licensure

This is a program that can lead to licensure or certification.  Appalachian State University cannot confirm whether this program will meet the requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories.

If this applies to you, check the U.S. Department of Education for information on licensure requirements and licensing agencies in other states. Or, you may address questions to State Authorization at Appalachian at or 828-262-7559.

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