MEd Curriculum And Instruction Elementary Ed Online Degree Programs
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
Jan 15, 2024
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Make a Positive Impact on Future Generations by Completing Our Online Elementary Education Program

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in elementary education is designed for individuals who are interested in teaching elementary education, but not pursuing teacher licensure. With core courses in curriculum development, you can learn how to teach math, natural sciences, language acquisition, and reading skills to elementary school students.

This online elementary education master’s degree program offers education professionals the opportunity to earn a non-licensure credential that is suitable for career advancement. The M.Ed. in elementary education is designed to prepare teachers for a variety of classroom experiences. Learn about education fundamentals, proven instructional methods, strategies for teaching social sciences, and more with our M.Ed. in elementary education! If you are a kindergarten or elementary school teacher in search of a graduate program that will help you teach young children, this degree may be for you. 

Please note that the online elementary education degree is a non-licensure track. Students can switch to an M.Ed. that leads to licensure or a Master of Arts in Teaching program but must meet credit hour and GPA qualifications.

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Elementary Education Degree Program?

Our non-licensure master’s in elementary education online degree strives to produce educators and school leaders who have high academic, moral, and spiritual standards.

With this goal in mind, Liberty’s master’s in elementary education degree is designed to prepare candidates like you for effective leadership in Christian, public, and private schools. Our School of Education faculty members provide valuable and insightful perspectives on the content they teach. You will have the opportunity to ask our faculty questions or present concerns regarding your courses.

We don’t just train educators — we train educators who want to make a positive impact on the next generation. We want to help you reach your goals, so we’re making our master’s degree more affordable. With a full-time tuition rate of $415 per credit hour for our online education degree, you can broaden your professional capacity and make a bigger impact on your students while saving time and money. 

You can also complete this degree on your own schedule. Our fully online courses allow you to earn your graduate degree without sacrificing your church, home, or work life. As a pioneer in distance education, Liberty University is committed to providing you with a world-class education, wherever you may live.

What is the gate process?

Liberty’s graduate School of Education degrees require students to successfully complete 3 “gates” prior to graduation. The gate system is designed as a set of checkpoints to ensure that candidates have completed the necessary requirements to successfully complete the program. The gate system is an important part of maintaining a quality program as required by our licensing and accrediting bodies.

Each of Liberty’s graduate education programs requires a gate process, but the process varies by degree. For example, the gate process for our M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction degrees is different from the gate process for our Master of Arts in Teaching degree programs.

Because the M.Ed. is a non-licensure degree, many students find that the gate requirements are fairly simple. You can learn more about Liberty University’s gate requirements online or by calling (800) 424-9596.

What Will You Learn in the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction — Online Elementary Education Degree?

With an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction – Elementary Education degree, you can develop a balance of theoretical and practical training needed for real-world contexts. You will be able to explore the teaching-learning process, individual differences, motivation, exceptionality, and teaching methodologies. Your courses can also prepare you to meet the needs of a variety of learning styles through in-depth research on human development, data collection and assessment, and application of research in school settings.

Our elementary education degree also covers topics in reading competency development and the proper use of educational technology in advancing teaching methods. Additionally, the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction – Elementary Education degree provides a comprehensive study of the American educational system and the emergence of the Christian School Movement. Your courses will review appropriate assessment and elementary curriculum development techniques, specifically in the topics of teaching science and social studies.

Does this degree require student teaching, a practicum, or a capstone?

Because the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction – Elementary Education is a non-licensure degree, there are no student teaching or practicum requirements.

To graduate from this program, you must complete EDUC 696, which is an education capstone course. This course, which should be the final course that you take before graduating, examines current issues in the field of education through the lens of classroom implications and case study. In short, EDUC 696 will challenge you to apply theory learned throughout the program to current issues in the field of education. 

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Elementary Education Degree Program Highlights

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.

  • While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we actually lowered our tuition for our Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education programs. At $415 per credit hour for full time, Liberty University’s M.Ed. online is available at one of the lowest tuition rates for this degree in the country.

  • You can complete this online master’s degree in elementary education in under 2 years!

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Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

Potential Elementary Education Career Options

  • Children’s ministry teacher
  • Elementary school curriculum developer
  • Elementary school teacher*
  • Private school elementary teacher
  • Sunday school teacher

*Please note that the online elementary education degree is a non-licensure track. Students can switch to an M.Ed. that leads to licensure or the Master of Arts in Teaching program but must meet credit hour and GPA qualifications.

Admission Requirements for the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction – Elementary Education Program

A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.5 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.