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Elementary Content

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MS - Instructional Specialist: Elementary Content Concentration

The Elementary Content is designed for educators who wish to improve their teaching, management, and assessment skills of diverse learners A candidate for this program is typically an educator intending to remain in a general education classroom or work as an instructional specialist/team leader in the school setting with specific content or topics. This concentration allows the practitioner to strengthen their teaching in the core elementary subject areas: English Language Arts/Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

A capstone project will be completed during EL829, Leadership and Coaching Practicum.

To learn more about the Elementary Content concentration, contact Melissa Reed at 620-641-5445.

The Elementary Content concentration is also available in Olathe to Olathe teachers. Please contact Dr. Tiffany Hill to learn more.

This program does not lead to a teaching license.

Program of Study

Introductory Core Courses (15 hours)

EL 751

Applications of Developmental Theories

3 hrs

EL 810

Information Literacy

3 hrs

EL 725

Differentiating Instruction

2 hrs

EL 854

Action Research in the Classroom

3 hrs

EL 828

Instructional Leadership and Coaching

2 hrs

EL 829

Leadership and Coaching Practicum

2 hrs

Elementary Content Concentration (12 hours)

EL 801
Best Practices in Elementary Language Arts 3 hrs
EL 802 Best Practices in Elementary Math 3 hrs
EL 803 Best Practices in Elementary Science 3 hrs
EL 804 Best Practices in Elementary Social Studies 3 hrs



Elective - Choose one course below (3 hours)

EL 721  Reading Theory and Literacy Practices: Elementary (3 hrs)
EL 892 Teaching/Learning Models (3 hrs)

EL 740 STEM Concepts Through Fiction & Non-Fiction (3 hrs)

SD 703 Inclusive Practice in K-6 Math Education (3 hrs)

EL 784 Trends in Elementary STEM Education (3 hrs)
EL 821 Curriculum & Standards in the Literacy Environment (3 hrs)

3 hrs


Customize Your Plan - You may use other courses from the schedule and content area departments with advisor approval.


Admission and Retention Policies

Knowledge and compliance with the requirements for any graduate degree are primarily the responsibility of the candidate. Consequently, careful reading and study of the Graduate Policy Handbook should be a self-imposed prerequisite for all candidates applying for admission to graduate study. The Graduate Policy Handbook is available online.

Application for admission must be made on a form provided by the Graduate School. Official transcripts of all college credit must be supplied. (Transcripts must include the baccalaureate degree and all transfer credit that is to be applied to the master’s degree.)

Upon satisfactory completion of the graduate school and departmental admission requirements, the candidate will be admitted to the program of the degree being sought and will be assigned an advisor. Candidates shall continuously demonstrate personal characteristics appropriate to the profession and maintain a 3.0 GPA or better throughout their program.

How to Contact Us


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Mailing Address

Department of Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4036
Emporia, KS 66801

Physical Address

Department of Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education
(on the ESU main campus)
1701 Morse Road
Visser Hall, 2nd Floor
Main Office, Rm 241