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Elementary Education (*Professional Licensure , PK-6)

*M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction


Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus, Instructions: Residential/On Campus 
The Elementary Education (PK-6) program prepares students to become licensed elementary teachers in the State of Virginia.

Program Overview

The Elementary Education Program at Virginia Tech is a Master's degree program that prepares students to become elementary teachers (PK-6) in the state of Virginia. Students also earn their licensure as part of this program. Elementary Education is a full-time program offered on the Blacksburg campus only; there are no distance learning options.


Why choose this program?

  • The Elementary Education Program is designed to prepare elementary teachers for 21st Century classrooms.
  • Multiple placements in local school districts with diverse student populations
  • STEM course focused on inquiry-based instruction and methodology
  • Examination of a variety of instructional approaches across content areas
  • Planning lessons that provide for differentiation, accommodation, and modification to meet the needs of all students
  • Implementation of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Understanding by Design (UbD) Frameworks and the 5 E Model
  • Engagement in ongoing inquiry into teaching and learning
  • Practice in the examination of classroom management and design

What You'll Study

The MAEd-Elementary Education program requires completion of 58 graduate credit hours in education and can be completed in 12 months if specific graduate level education courses are taken during the bachelor's program. In order to be eligible for 5000-level courses, an undergraduate must be a senior and have a 3.0 GPA.  Dual/Accelerated status is NOT required for this option.

If the EDCI 5554 Educating Exceptional Learners Across the Life Span and EDEP 5154 Psychological Foundations for Teachers they can be completed Summer I or Summer II. This may result in a 14-month program. Completing the program in 14 months, instead of 12, does not delay your degree/license, nor does it prevent you from applying for a teaching position.


  • EDCI 5214 Linguistic Theory and Instruction in Reading and Written Expression
  • EDCI 5234 Advanced Curriculum & Instruction in Elementary/Middle Math
  • EDCI 5414 Theory & Practice in Early Literacy Instruction (PK-3)
  • EDCI 5784 Graduate Seminar: Research on Assessing Student Achievement in Math
  • EDCI 5224 Advanced Curriculum & Instruction in Elementary/Middle Social Studies
  • EDCI 5244 Advanced Curriculum & Instruction in Elementary/Middle Science
  • EDCI 5424 Theory & Practice in Content Literacy Instruction (3-6)
  • EDCI 5784 Advanced Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Math, Grades 4-8
  • EDCI 5964 Field Studies (6 hrs.)
  • EDCI 5204 Elementary School Curriculum
  • EDCI 5754 Internship in Education (9 hrs.)
  • EDCI 5784 Elementary STEM Education
  • EDCI 5784 Culturally Responsive Teaching & Classroom Management

In this program, students earn a master's degree and their endorsement as licensed elementary teachers (PK-6) in the state of Virginia. Elementary Education Program faculty and staff strive to identify and recruit talented and knowledgeable elementary teacher candidates, especially from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. The program at Virginia Tech provides coursework and experiences within public schools in the region.

This degree program is offered at the Blacksburg campus. The Blacksburg campus offers students the full services of the university, including an extensive library, technology support, and the Graduate Life Center. 

Students who wish to enter the Elementary Education program at Virginia Tech are expected to satisfy the following requirements:

  • For M.A. Ed., applicants must possess a bachelor's degree, from an accredited college or university. No particular major or combination of minors is required. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate academic credit in order to be considered for regular admittance. Applicants holding a GPA of less than 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate academic credit will be considered for acceptance as provision students.
  • Passing scores for the Praxis Core exam OR substitute SAT/ACT score (Please click here for current score requirement).
  • Applicants must submit scores on Praxis Subject Assessment (Test Code: 5001) at the time of application, however, it is not necessary to pass Praxis Subject Assessment in order to be accepted.
  • Applicants must submit passing scores for the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA). The testing information is on  
  • Elementary Education Content Check Sheet (available through PEAP office)
  • Documentation of 100 Hours Working with Children

Learn about the Pre-Education Advising Program

Visit this page for information on how to apply, including requirements, deadlines, and application fee.

There is a discount for in-state K-12 teachers; use this application form in order to receive the reduced costs. Otherwise, as with on-campus students, we refer you to the VT Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information on financial assistance.

Learn more about other available funding opportunities



Early Admission
Summer I: October 15

Other Applicants
Summer I: January 31
This program is offered to State of Virginia Licensure applicants only. 

Dawn Knight
Pre-Education Advising Program Coordinator
402 Wallace Hall (0565)


Dawn Knight
Pre-Education Advising Program Coordinator
402 Wallace Hall (0565)

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