Department ofEducation

Master of Arts in Education - Elementary

The MAE-Cert in Elementary Education is designed for individuals who want to teach in classrooms from Kindergarten to eighth grade.  Course work leads to a Master of Arts in Education and recommendation for the Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate with an elementary endorsement. The program has been designed for qualified candidates who possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and seek a career of service as teachers.

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School of Education & Kinesiology

educ@plu.edu

Phone:(253) 535-7272

Candidates follow one of two tracks in this degree program.  In the first, a one-year full-time track, candidates begin their studies in June and typically finish all program requirements, including a year-long internship, the following June.  In this track candidates can hold part-time employment as long as it doesn't conflict with their internship.  The second track is a two-year part-time program with courses offered evenings and weekends.  The second track allows for candidates to hold a full-time job as long as it doesn't conflict with the field experiences.

We accept applications through April 1. Click here for more information on how to apply.

Endorsements
Each endorsement requires a minimum of 20 semester hours across the state standards. Click here for a list of endorsements within the MAE program.

Elementary Education Curriculum (Track 1):

Summer Session:

EDUC 544 Sociocultural Foundations of Education (2)
EPSY 566 Advanced Cognition, Development, & Learning (2)
EPSY 583 Current Issues in Exceptionality (2)
EDUC 520 Issues of Child Abuse & Neglect (1)
EDUC 510 Teaching Reading and Language Arts (3)
SPED 577 The Inclusive Classroom (2)

Fall Session:

EDUC 565 Elementary Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies (2)
EDUC 566 Elementary Math and Science (2)
SPED 520 Teaching Elementary Students with Special Needs (2)
EDUC 562 Schools and Society (2)
EDUC 563A Application of Technology Tools for Teachers (2)

J-term Session:
EDUC 528 Reading & Writing Across the K-8 Curriculum (2)
EDUC 564 The Arts, Mind, & Body (2)

Spring Session:

EDUC 563B Integrating Seminar: Internship (2)
EDUC 568 Internship in Teaching (6)

Summer Session:
EDUC 590 Culminating Seminar (4)

Optional Thesis-Summer:
EDUC 599 Thesis (4)

Total credits-38 or 42 with thesis option

Typical Schedule

Summer

Attend classes at PLU on Monday-Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm, plus a practicum

Fall

Intern in the school 4 mornings a week and one full day and attend PLU classes in the afternoons from 2-6:30pm

January Term

Take on more responsibility in the school 4 mornings a week and one full day in the school and attend PLU classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturdays

Spring

Student teach in the school 5 days a week for the entire school day and attend a student teaching seminar at PLU on Tuesday evenings

Summer

Attend a culminating seminar Tuesday-Friday at PLU for the first two weeks of June (note: for candidates pursuing the thesis option should expect to continue working through the summer)


Elementary Education Curriculum (Track 2):

Summer Session 1
EDUC 544 Sociocultural Foundations of Education (2)
SPED 577  The Inclusive Classroom (2)

Fall Session 1
EDUC 562   Schools and Society (2)
EDUC 563A Application of Technology Tools for Teachers (2)

Spring Session 1
EPSY 583 Current Issues in Exceptionality (2)
EDUC 528 Reading & Writing Across the K-8 Curriculum (2)

Summer Session 2
EPSY 566 Advanced Cognition, Development and Learning (2)
EDUC 510 Teaching Reading and Language Arts (3)
EDUC 520 Issues of Child Abuse and Neglect (1)

Fall Session 2
EDUC 565 Elementary Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies (2)
EDUC 566 Elementary Math and Science (2)
SPED 520 Teaching Elementary Students with Special Needs (2)

J-term Session
EDUC 564 The Arts, Mind, and Body (2)

Spring Session 2
EDUC 568 Internship in Teaching (6)
EDUC 563B Integrating Seminar: Internship (2)

Summer Session 3
EDUC 590 Culminating Seminar (4)