Degree Details

Degree Type

  • Master's Programs

Minimum Requirements

  • 42 Credits


  • In-Person


  • Full-Time
  • Part-Time


  • On-Campus
Degree Requirements

The Master of Education (EdM) in Elementary Education is a teacher licensure program for individuals with liberal arts or professional undergraduate degrees who are seeking licensure as an elementary teacher. You’ll learn teaching practices that support learning and development for general education students in grades 1 through 6. You may also choose a specialization in elementary education and special education, which focuses on teaching practices for supporting students with disabilities and linguistic diversity.

As a student in the Elementary Education master’s program, you’ll learn how to have an impact in the classroom through field-based experiences and on-site coursework in school settings. Before planning and implementing any lessons on your own, you’ll have the opportunity to observe faculty as they co-teach alongside classroom teachers. In addition, you’ll benefit from ongoing coaching, including support while you search for teaching jobs and during your first year teaching. This flexible master’s program can be completed both full- and part-time.

Dates & Deadlines

Spring & Fall 2024

Aug 15, 2023

Application Open

Spring 2024 Semester

Dec 15, 2023

Application Deadline

Fall 2024 Semester

Jan 15, 2024

Deadline to Receive Priority Scholarship Consideration

Fall 2024 Semester

Aug 1, 2024

Application Closes

Featured Faculty

The Boston University faculty in the EdM in Elementary Education program bring extensive clinical experience and a solid understanding of working in schools to their teaching. They thoughtfully and intentionally integrate current research and field-based experiences into your training as a teacher.

Career Outcomes

Boston University’s EdM in Elementary Education is designed to help you meet your professional goals as an educator. With this master’s degree from Boston University, you’ll be prepared for a variety of roles in education.

  • Elementary classroom teacher
  • Afterschool director
  • Curriculum developer
  • Museum educator
  • Teacher’s assistant
  • Paraprofessional

More Information about the EdM in Elementary Education

Field-Based Experiences

Elementary Education master’s students complete a pre-practicum and an on-site methods course. This experience will prepare you for a full-time student teaching practicum during your final semester.


The EdM in Elementary Education offers flexibility for professionals interested in obtaining a teaching license. Students also have the option to add a license in Special Education or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Graduate Admissions

Connect with BU Wheelock to learn more about the graduate degree program in Elementary Education. Get information about application deadlines and financial assistance, and sign up for an information session.

Licensing Disclosure
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 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.

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