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Master of Science in Elementary Education

Degree - Master of Science in Elementary Education

: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Reading

The Master of Science in Elementary Education (MSEd) degree program is designed to meet all criteria of the State Department of Education and to allow students to explore issues, design curriculum, and learn new strategies and techniques that will enable them to become more effective educators, through the application of theory and new research to their educational practice. The three Concentrations are structured to utilize the educational experience of the students in the program.

Admission Requirements:

Students applying for entrance to the Master of Elementary Education are required to submit an application for admission, Apply Online (www.alcorn.edu/academics/graduate-studies), Educator License, two letters of recommendation, and official transcript from an accredited school (if a student has attended more than one school, transcripts must be submitted from all schools attended). At least one transcript must document the student has a bachelor’s degree.

Decisions are made only after receipt of all credentials by the Department of Education and Psychology admission committee. The department uses an admission formula to accept students. The entire application packet, including all supporting materials, must be submitted to the Graduate School.


A Standard Educator License in a teaching area is required for admission to programs in the Master of Science in Elementary Education.

Program requirements:

The curriculum requires 33 credit hours of coursework: 12 hours of Core courses, 15 hours of Required Courses, and six hours of Electives. The Early Childhood option is only applicable to educators holding certification in K-3 or K-6 endorsement areas.

Academic Track:

Students pursuing a Master of Science in Elementary Education must pass a Core Examination and Area Examination to exit.

Master Degree Audit:

Before candidacy for graduation can be confirmed, each student progression to degree completion will be evaluated to determine if student has met all academic requirements for course work and other aspects of the student’s course of study and Graduate School requirements. When these requirements are met, the student is cleared for graduation.

For More Information Contact:
Dr. Tabitha Smith ▪ 601.877.4097 ▪ tabitha@alcorn.edu