EdM in Elementary Education

The Master of Education program (EdM) in Elementary Education program is a teacher licensure program committed to teaching for social justice and disrupting inequality based in white supremacy, anti-Blackness, cis-heteronormative patriarchy, ableism, and dominant English monolingualism. The program is designed for candidates with liberal arts or professional undergraduate degrees who are now seeking licensure as an elementary teacher. It is available for full- and part-time students, offering flexibility for working professionals who are interested in obtaining a teaching license in elementary education. In this program, you will be introduced to evidence-based and culturally sustaining teaching practices that support learning and development for general education students in Grades 1 through 6. Additionally, the program offers opportunities for teaching across the year in both field experiences throughout Greater Boston and on-site coursework in Boston Public Schools.


  • EdM in Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) with Initial Licensure
  • EdM in Elementary Education with Initial Licensure in Elementary Education and in Special Education

Essential Questions


Program Requirements

The master’s degree in Elementary Education offers foundational coursework in the content and methods for teaching literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies to elementary education students in inclusive classrooms. This foundational coursework includes a focus on evidence-based and culturally sustaining teaching practices for supporting students with disabilities and linguistic diversity. Coursework includes opportunities for hands-on fieldwork in elementary classrooms throughout Greater Boston.

Students in the EdM in Elementary Education participate in four field placements. Boston University enjoys long-standing relationships with school systems in greater Boston, including BU Consortium partner districts that offer our students rewarding field experiences under the guidance of expert teachers and faculty. Visit the BU Bulletin for information on this program’s academic requirements.

Students also have the option to extend their program of study to add a license through either the Special Education or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Programs.

Program Faculty

BU Wheelock faculty in Elementary Education are dedicated to teaching students to bring a high level of pedagogical knowledge to their teaching, translating theory, and research into effective practice. They place significant emphasis on critical reflection, current research, and best practices.

Next Steps in Elementary Education

Connect with BU Wheelock to learn more about our master’s degree in Elementary Education. Our Elementary Education applicants are not required to submit GRE/GMAT scores.

Contact Info

For more information about this program and requirements for admission contact the program director, Jennifer Bryson, jbryson@bu.edu.

BU Wheelock Educator Preparation Programs Licensing Disclosure provides information about BU Wheelock state approved programs and how the educational requirements compare with those in other states. Education students in licensure programs should review this resource and contact edlic@bu.edu with questions.

Background Checks

Students who are admitted into BU Wheelock routinely participate in field experiences as a part of their respective program curriculum and requirements. Most field sites require criminal background checks to determine students’ eligibility for participation. History of a criminal background may disqualify students from participating in these required experiences, which in turn may impede the successful completion of one’s degree program.