Wayne State University

Master of Education

This program serves graduates from bachelor's degree programs in education. Students will be able to strengthen their competencies and acquire new ideas and skills. Elementary teachers may earn an early childhood endorsement on their elementary certificate if so desired. Secondary teachers may earn an elementary endorsement on their secondary certificate. Coursework taken in the program may be used for re-certification as a teacher in Michigan.

The Elementary Master’s Program at Wayne State University is designed to give certified teachers an in-depth knowledge of teaching and learning in the elementary school. The mission of the College of Education is to prepare teachers who are reflective, innovative professionals who are committed to working with a diverse population. The program challenges teachers to closely examine their own teaching, and to ground theories about learning into the realities of classroom life. It is a program that prepares teachers to be professional leaders in their school districts, knowledgeable of current research on best practices, proficient in using technology in flexible and strategic ways, and adept at capitalizing on the strengths of a diverse population. 

The Master’s Program has three main emphases:

  • An interdisciplinary focus:
    • Writing for different purposes across the curriculum
    • Weaving literature across the curriculum
  • A multicultural and diversity focus:
    • Learning to use urban, cultural resources
    •  Developing strategies to meet the needs of all learners
  • An inquiry focus
    • Supporting teachers to be inquirers into their own teaching
    • Reflecting upon and refining the connections between theory and practice 

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the M.Ed. program in elementary education must present evidence of:

  1. A bachelor's degree in education from an accredited university; and
  2. A grade point average of 2.75 or higher for the last 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) contributing toward the bachelor's degree.

Admission to the Master of Education program is contingent upon admission to the graduate school. Applications for the Master of Education Degree are available in the Graduate Education Office, Room 489 Education. Students entering this program should consult with an advisor before taking any courses.

Plan of Work

After you have been admitted to the Master of Education program, you should meet with an elementary education advisor to complete your Plan of Work. Your Plan of Work must be submitted to Academic Services Division for approval, prior to completion of 12 semester hours of graduate coursework.

You must complete the requirements for the Master of Education within six years following the date of the first recorded graduate course to be used for your degree.