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Master of Arts in Teaching – Elementary Education K-6
Master of Arts in Teaching – Elementary Education K-6 Online

Program Overview

What Our Master of Arts in Teaching – Elementary Education K-6 Online Program Offers You

Ignite a love of learning and help mold young minds with the Master of Arts in Teaching – Elementary Education K-6 online program from Arkansas State University. As an elementary teacher you will have a direct influence on the lives of your students at an important time in their development. This master’s program with 100% online curriculum equips you with the instructional strategies and classroom management techniques that can inspire student achievement.

icon $12,909 Total Tuition
icon As few as 15 months Program Duration
icon 39 Credit Hours
icon $12,909 Total Tuition
icon As few as 15 months Program Duration
icon 39 Credit Hours
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Arkansas State University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly known as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 1140 19th Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: 202-223-0077.

Whether you want to formalize your teaching experience or pivot into a teaching career, this online elementary education degree program helps you expand your knowledge base in education and gives you the expertise to succeed as an influential teacher in the classroom.

As part of the master’s curriculum, you will gain an understanding of how cognitive, social-emotional and physical areas of development weave together in elementary-age children while you also discover the socio-cultural influences that impact learning and development. Apply theories and models of reading for effective literacy instruction while exploring the latest in educational software and websites. Through research-based teaching practices, you will acquire the pedagogical knowledge, skills and disposition to become an effective teacher.

In this online elementary education program, you will:

  • Learn to effectively teach at the elementary education level
  • Understand theories and apply strategies for classroom teaching and management
  • Utilize effective teaching methodologies for diverse populations
  • Incorporate technology into educational methods
  • Learn the challenges unique to elementary-age students and apply best practices when teaching that audience

This program is only offered to those who are planning to teach at a public school within the state of Arkansas.

As licensure requirements may change without notice, it is the responsibility of the student to confirm the requirements for licensure in his/her state as it applies to the participation in an out-of-state degree program.

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Helping You with Cost-Effective Tuition

Our MAT – Elementary Education K-6 online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition for all U.S. residents. All fees are included in the total tuition.

Total Tuition $12,909
Tuition Per Credit Hour $331
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$291.00 $40.00 $331.00 $873.00 $120.00 $993.00


Save These Important Dates for the MAT in Elementary Education Program

Our MAT – Elementary Education K-6 online program is designed to be flexible and convenient for working professionals, with accelerated coursework and multiple start dates a year.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Spring 2023 7 wk 03/06/2023 04/28/2023 02/20/2023 02/24/2023 03/02/2023 03/03/2023 04/15/2023
Summer 2023 5 wk 05/30/2023 06/30/2023 05/15/2023 05/19/2023 05/25/2023 05/26/2023 06/19/2023
5 wk 07/03/2023 08/04/2023 06/19/2023 06/23/2023 06/29/2023 06/30/2023 07/21/2023
Fall 2023 7 wk 08/21/2023 10/06/2023 08/07/2023 08/11/2023 08/17/2023 08/18/2023 09/22/2023
7 wk 10/16/2023 12/08/2023 10/02/2023 10/06/2023 10/12/2023 10/13/2023 11/17/2023
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Review the Details for Admission to A-State

A-State Online offers a streamlined admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Teaching certification is NOT required to be admitted into our MAT – Elementary Education K-6 online program. Students interested in this program must meet the following requirements for admission.

  • Complete online application and submit a non-refundable $30 fee.
  • Have official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the granting institution.
  • Have a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.75 on a 4.00 scale from an accredited institution, or a 3.0 GPA on last 60 hours of coursework (undergraduate, graduate or a combination of both).
  • Pass the Praxis Content Exam - Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects #5001: Mathematics, Reading & Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies subtest exams (pass scores 157, 157, 159, 155 respectively).

Additional Licensure Information:

  • Passing the identified program pedagogy assessment, identified in the Teacher Education Handbook, is required for licensure. Additionally, other requirements for licensure are detailed in the Teacher Education Handbook.
  • Prior to graduation, HIST 3083 - History of Arkansas (or equivalent transfer course) - must be completed.
  • Prior to the internship, ELSE 3643 - Exceptional Student in the Regular Classroom (or equivalent transfer course) - must be completed.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Provide documentation of an Approved Arkansas State Police (ASP) and FBI Background Check and the Arkansas Child Maltreatment Background Check
  • Verify no conviction of a felony or crimes listed in the Teacher Education Handbook

Additional Information

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

Academic Partnerships
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2713 Pawnee St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401


Take a Look at the Courses in the MAT in Elementary Education K-6 Online Program

Students in the MAT – Elementary Education K-6 online program must complete 39 credit hours of coursework, including 10 online courses (30 credit hours) and a teacher education internship (nine credit hours). Those seeking Arkansas Licensure must complete two additional courses (read more details below).

Students in this program must complete the following courses (39 credit hours).

TE 6253: Perspectives on Professionalism in Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course helps develop perspectives that are essential for educators to understand and fulfill ethical and professional responsibilities in their respective areas, including communication with various audiences, reflection, self-assessment and advocacy within the context of cultural diversity and democratic pluralism.

ELED 6113: Learning and Developing in the Elementary Years

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Overview of cognitive, social-emotional and physical developmental domains, including the interdependency of domains, for elementary age children; includes socio-cultural influences impacts on learning and development.

TE 6223: Effective Teaching with Diverse Populations

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Theory and practice for effective teaching of diverse students, application through the creation of unit and lesson plans.

RDNG 6013: Theories, Issues, Methods of Reading

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Theories, Issues, and Methods of Reading is a synthesis of theories and models of reading, past and current reading issues, examination of current research that discusses instruction of reading areas, spelling and writing; overview of reading and instruction for diverse and struggling learners. Prerequisite: enrollment in the graduate program within the College of Education and Behavioral Science.

TE 6243: Technology as a Tool for Teaching

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course will include evaluation of educational software and websites. Students will research instructional design principles and procedures and will utilize their learning to create technology integrated educational materials for their respective areas.

RDNG 6493: Advanced Reading Methods and Interventions

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Examines latest trends in research-based reading instructional methodology and development, implementation, and monitoring of intervention for struggling readers. Prerequisite: RDNG 6013 (or equivalent); and enrollment in a Graduate Program within the College of Education and Behavioral Science.

ELED 6023: Curriculum Construction – Elementary

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduces students into the profession of teaching. This course provides the necessary foundation needed by future teachers to gain the pedagogical knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to be an effective teacher. The primary goal of the course is to provide students of education with research-based effective teaching practices in a practical, realistic and conversational manner.

ELED 6103: Elementary Literacy

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on effective literacy instruction within and across content areas including a comprehensive knowledge base of the reading and writing process and effective instructional methods for teaching both nonfiction and fiction reading and writing in the elementary classroom.

TE 6043: Effective Assessment

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Designs and analysis of varied formative and summative assessment systems in classroom practice to inform instruction.

TE 6293: Theories and Strategies of Classroom Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Application of classroom management principles to actual classroom practice while participating in an internship in the public schools requires placement in a middle grade classroom.

TE 6299: MAT Internship in Teacher Education

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 9

Supervised internship focused on educational practice and performance for individuals seeking alternative licensure to teach in grades PK-12. Internship must be completed in licensure area.

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