Elementary Education (M.Ed.)


Indiana State University offers an online master's degree in elementary education (M.Ed.) with concentrations in early childhood, literacy, and primary/intermediate. This master's is offered entirely online to assist elementary and early childhood teachers who wish to improve professional competence.

  • This 32-credit-hour program may be completed in 18 months of full-time study if the student begins in summer and follows our recommended sequence (summer: 9 credits; fall: 6 credits; spring: 6 credits; summer: 11 credits). Students do have the option of extending the program should they choose a less aggressive schedule. The University allows part-time students to take up to seven years to earn the degree, although the program is typically completed in far less time.
  • This online program is open to eligible students in the U.S. (including the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories). The program is closed to students residing in countries other than the U.S. except for U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.
  • This program may or may not lead to licensure in your home state. See Important Information on Licensure for Out-of-State Students
  • The literacy concentration may lead to Reading Teacher Certification. Prior to enrolling, students should contact their state's certification office to determine if this program meets their state's requirements. See Important Information on Licensure for Out-of-State Students

Note: In addition to this on-line master's program, the University offers the master of education in elementary education on the Indiana State University campus, located in Terre Haute, Indiana. The on-campus master's includes concentrations in early childhood, literacy, and primary/intermediate—plus an elementary initial licensure concentration that enables an individual who already holds a bachelor's degree to obtain a teaching license.

Fees and Expenses

Students in this master's program pay the same University fees as other online students, including online education delivery fees. In addition, students pay a one-time assessment fee of $100 (subject to change).

Required Courses

All education licensure programs and related school programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Indiana Department of Education.

Financial Aid & Assistance

Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.

In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits.

Further Information

For further information and assistance, contact:

College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Indiana State University
(812) 237-3619


Note: This program may or may not lead to licensure in your home state. The courses required in this program prepare the student for licensure or certification in the State of Indiana. Please contact your state licensing authority to assure that, upon completion of the program, you are qualified to obtain a license or other form of certification. If you need assistance obtaining contact information for the licensing authority in states outside of Indiana, contact Indiana State Online representatives at (812) 237-2345 or IndianaStateOnline@indstate.edu


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Indiana State University
(812) 237-3619