Cheryl Murphy
Department Head
216 Peabody Hall
479-575-4209
Email: cmurphy@uark.edu

Heather Kindall
Program Coordinator
207 Peabody Hall
479-575-2516
Email: hkindall@uark.edu

Degrees Conferred:
M.A.T. in Elementary Teaching
M.Ed. in Elementary Education

Graduate Certificates Offered (non-degree):
STEM Education for Early Childhood (K-4)

Program Description: The University of Arkansas offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.E.) degree in Childhood Education and the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree in Elementary Education. These combined degree programs are one of the options at the University of Arkansas that lead to initial teacher licensure in Elementary Education (Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 6). Students who obtain their B.S.E. degree from the University of Arkansas will have completed the prerequisite course requirements for entry into the M.A.T. program. Students who obtain a bachelors degree from another university and/or in a program area other than Elementary Education must have their transcripts evaluated by a Elementary Education program adviser to determine what deficiencies must be met before they can be considered for admission into the M.A.T. program. The M.A.T. degree program is a 33-semester-hour program. To be recommended for licensure by the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, campus, students must complete the M.A.T. degree program or the undergraduate Elementary Licensure program (see undergraduate catalog for more information). Students also choose a concentration from among English as a Second Language, Reading, Gift and Talented, or STEM Education.

The program also offers coursework toward a graduate certificate in STEM Education for Early Childhood (K-4).

Master of Arts in Elementary Teaching (M.A.T.)

Prerequisites to Degree Program

Enrollments will be limited in upper division professional studies courses in the Childhood Education B.S.E. Program. In addition, the number of students accepted into the M.A.T. Program in Elementary Education will be contingent upon availability of placements with partnership schools. Specific application procedures, screening, and selection criteria are in effect to limit course enrollments and acceptance to the M.A.T. program. Please contact your childhood education program faculty adviser for details regarding the selective admission process. Admission requirements for the M.A.T. degree program for initial certification are as follows:

  1. Completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree program.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.00, or 3.00 in the last 60 hours of the baccalaureate degree .
  3. Admission to the Graduate School.
  4. Screening/acceptance into internship, which includes an admission portfolio.
  5. Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program.
  6. Successful completion of the required criminal background check. Background check materials must be submitted by May 1st prior to the internship year.
  7. Completion of the pre-education core with a minimum of “C” in all courses.
  8. Completion of all prerequisite courses in teaching field.
  9. Payment of internship fee.

Requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree

A minimum of 33 hours of course work is required in one of the following concentrations.

 Students should also be aware of Graduate School requirements with regard to master's degree.

English as Second Language for K-6 Candidates Concentration

Minimum 33 hours:

CIED 5003Elementary Education Seminar3
CIED 5013Measurement, Research and Statistical Concepts in the Schools3
CIED 5022Classroom Management Concepts2
CIED 5032Curriculum Design Concepts for Teachers2
CIED 5053Multicultural Issues in Elementary Education3
CIED 5073Action Research in Elementary Education3
CIED 508VElementary Education Cohort Teaching Internship6
CIED 5162Applied Practicum2
CIED 5173Literacy Assessment and Intervention3
CIED 5933Second Language Methodologies3
CIED 5953Second Language Assessment3
Total Hours33

STEM for K-6 Candidates Concentration

Minimum 33 hours: 

CIED 5003Elementary Education Seminar3
CIED 5013Measurement, Research and Statistical Concepts in the Schools3
CIED 5022Classroom Management Concepts2
CIED 5032Curriculum Design Concepts for Teachers2
CIED 5053Multicultural Issues in Elementary Education3
CIED 5073Action Research in Elementary Education3
CIED 508VElementary Education Cohort Teaching Internship6
CIED 5162Applied Practicum2
CIED 5173Literacy Assessment and Intervention3
STEM 5203Problem-Based Mathematics3
STEM 5213Teaching Problem-Based Science in the Elementary Grades3
Total Hours33

Reading for K-6 Candidates Concentration

Minimum 33 hours:

CIED 5003Elementary Education Seminar3
CIED 5013Measurement, Research and Statistical Concepts in the Schools3
CIED 5022Classroom Management Concepts2
CIED 5032Curriculum Design Concepts for Teachers2
CIED 5053Multicultural Issues in Elementary Education3
CIED 508VElementary Education Cohort Teaching Internship3
CIED 5162Applied Practicum2
CIED 5173Literacy Assessment and Intervention3
CIED 5593Advanced Diagnosis and Intervention3
CIED 5793Practicum in Literacy3
CIED 5983Practicum in Curriculum & Instruction3
CIED 6233Organization of Reading Programs3
Total Hours33

Gifted and Talented for K-6 Candidates Concentration

Minimum 33 hours:

CIED 5003Elementary Education Seminar3
CIED 5013Measurement, Research and Statistical Concepts in the Schools3
CIED 5022Classroom Management Concepts2
CIED 5032Curriculum Design Concepts for Teachers2
CIED 5053Multicultural Issues in Elementary Education3
CIED 5073Action Research in Elementary Education3
CIED 508VElementary Education Cohort Teaching Internship6
CIED 5162Applied Practicum2
CIED 5173Literacy Assessment and Intervention3
Faculty approved GT course6
Total Hours33

M.A.T. in Elementary Edcuation with ESL for K-6 Candidates Concentration

Prerequisites to Degree Program

Enrollments will be limited in upper division professional studies courses in the Childhood Education B.S.E. Program. In addition, the number of students accepted into the M.A.T. Program in Elementary Education will be contingent upon availability of placements with partnership schools. Specific application procedures, screening, and selection criteria are in effect to limit course enrollments and acceptance to the M.A.T. program. Please contact your childhood education program faculty adviser for details regarding the selective admission process. Admission requirements for the M.A.T. degree program for initial certification are as follows:

  1. Completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree program.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.00, or 3.00 in the last 60 hours of the baccalaureate degree .
  3. Admission to the Graduate School.
  4. Screening/acceptance into internship, which includes an admission portfolio.
  5. Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program.
  6. Successful completion of the required criminal background check. Background check materials must be submitted by May 1st prior to the internship year.
  7. Completion of the pre-education core with a minimum of “C” in all courses.
  8. Completion of all prerequisite courses in teaching field.
  9. Payment of internship fee.

Requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree

A minimum of 33 hours of course work is required in one of the following concentrations.

 Students should also be aware of Graduate School requirements with regard to master's degree.

M.A.T. in Elementary Education with Gifted and Talented for K-6 Candidates Concentration

Prerequisites to Degree Program

Enrollments will be limited in upper division professional studies courses in the Childhood Education B.S.E. Program. In addition, the number of students accepted into the M.A.T. Program in Elementary Education will be contingent upon availability of placements with partnership schools. Specific application procedures, screening, and selection criteria are in effect to limit course enrollments and acceptance to the M.A.T. program. Please contact your childhood education program faculty adviser for details regarding the selective admission process. Admission requirements for the M.A.T. degree program for initial certification are as follows:

  1. Completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree program.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.00, or 3.00 in the last 60 hours of the baccalaureate degree .
  3. Admission to the Graduate School.
  4. Screening/acceptance into internship, which includes an admission portfolio.
  5. Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program.
  6. Successful completion of the required criminal background check. Background check materials must be submitted by May 1st prior to the internship year.
  7. Completion of the pre-education core with a minimum of “C” in all courses.
  8. Completion of all prerequisite courses in teaching field.
  9. Payment of internship fee.

Requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree

A minimum of 33 hours of course work is required in one of the following concentrations.

 Students should also be aware of Graduate School requirements with regard to master's degree.

M.A.T. in Elementary Education with Reading for K-6 Candidates Concentration

Prerequisites to Degree Program

Enrollments will be limited in upper division professional studies courses in the Childhood Education B.S.E. Program. In addition, the number of students accepted into the M.A.T. Program in Elementary Education will be contingent upon availability of placements with partnership schools. Specific application procedures, screening, and selection criteria are in effect to limit course enrollments and acceptance to the M.A.T. program. Please contact your childhood education program faculty adviser for details regarding the selective admission process. Admission requirements for the M.A.T. degree program for initial certification are as follows:

  1. Completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree program.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.00, or 3.00 in the last 60 hours of the baccalaureate degree .
  3. Admission to the Graduate School.
  4. Screening/acceptance into internship, which includes an admission portfolio.
  5. Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program.
  6. Successful completion of the required criminal background check. Background check materials must be submitted by May 1st prior to the internship year.
  7. Completion of the pre-education core with a minimum of “C” in all courses.
  8. Completion of all prerequisite courses in teaching field.
  9. Payment of internship fee.

Requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree

A minimum of 33 hours of course work is required in one of the following concentrations.

 Students should also be aware of Graduate School requirements with regard to master's degree.

M.A.T. in Elementary Teaching with STEM for K-6 Candidates Concentration

Prerequisites to Degree Program

Enrollments will be limited in upper division professional studies courses in the Childhood Education B.S.E. Program. In addition, the number of students accepted into the M.A.T. Program in Elementary Education will be contingent upon availability of placements with partnership schools. Specific application procedures, screening, and selection criteria are in effect to limit course enrollments and acceptance to the M.A.T. program. Please contact your childhood education program faculty adviser for details regarding the selective admission process. Admission requirements for the M.A.T. degree program for initial certification are as follows:

  1. Completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree program.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.00, or 3.00 in the last 60 hours of the baccalaureate degree .
  3. Admission to the Graduate School.
  4. Screening/acceptance into internship, which includes an admission portfolio.
  5. Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program.
  6. Successful completion of the required criminal background check. Background check materials must be submitted by May 1st prior to the internship year.
  7. Completion of the pre-education core with a minimum of “C” in all courses.
  8. Completion of all prerequisite courses in teaching field.
  9. Payment of internship fee.

Requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree

A minimum of 33 hours of course work is required in one of the following concentrations.

 Students should also be aware of Graduate School requirements with regard to master's degree.

Requirements for the Master of Education Degree:(Minimum 33 hours.) Candidates for the master’s degree in elementary education must complete a minimum of 33 hours of graduate course work: 21 hours from courses in elementary education (ELED) with 15 hours from the following areas – English as a second language (ESL), language arts, mathematics, science, children’s literature, social studies, early childhood education, reading, special education, or general elementary education; 3 hours of electives; and 9 core hours, including ESRM 5013 Research Methods in Education and three hours from each of the areas listed below. The required research course (ESRM 5013) is to be taken during the first 12 hours of degree coursework and the CIED 5983 Practicum in Curriculum & Instruction is taken at the end. (The major adviser must approve all courses.)

EDFD 5373Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning3
EDFD 5573Life-Span Human Development3
EDFD 5303Historical Foundations of Modern Education3
EDFD 5353Philosophy of Education3

All candidates who receive the master’s degree in elementary education must pass the master’s comprehensive examination which will consist of the defense of the results of an action research project. The M.Ed. is designed for experienced teachers who have the goal of expanding professional competence. The M.Ed. program does not meet requirements for state licensure. Students seeking state licensure should pursue enrollment in the M.A.T. program in Childhood Education (preK – Grade 4) or the B.S.E. program in Childhood Education.