Stephen F. Austin State University

ELE and Content Emphasis

Frequently Asked Questions

May I Transfer Credits?
Under certain circumstances, a graduate student may transfer from 6 to 12 semester hours of graduate course work taken at other accredited institutions. The student pursuing a master's degree with thesis may transfer a maximum of 6 semester hours; a student pursuing a master's degree without thesis may transfer a maximum of 12 semester hours.

To transfer any credit from other institutions, however, the student must submit an official transcript of the courses to be considered and have the approval of the appropriate academic department and academic dean. The work must have been taken not earlier than six years prior to the student's first graduate enrollment at SFA. Moreover, if the student fails to complete work on the graduate degree at SFA before the expiration of the six years, the transfer credit will not be applicable toward a degree here.

Any course accepted by transfer will carry credit but not grade point value. Moreover, to transfer credit, the student must have earned a grade of B or higher on the course. The exception is that ALL hours earned in a SFASU certificate program can be considered for transfer into a graduate degree program.
What Are the Costs?
Information about tuition and costs is located on the Financial Aid site.

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About the ELEM Master's Degree

What is the ELEM Master's Program?
The elementary master's degree is designed just for you. This stimulating and cutting-edge program prepares teachers for campus and district leadership in the elementary school settings. Through investigating the teacher's role as a scholarly practitioner, an educational leader, and a classroom researcher, the elementary education master's program promotes a community of learners with students and faculty through professional discourse and analytical investigations.
Why a Master of Education Degree?
Master of Education advanced degree requires the courage and vision to look for new solutions to challenges and to ensure that these solutions are delivered in a way that respects the needs and rights of all individuals for whom the solutions are designed. SFA is committed to preparing professionals who are knowledgeable in new approaches to educating children in ways that enhance children's individual skills and abilities leading to life-long learning and success.
What Can I Do with a Master's Degree in Elementary Education?
Graduates with a Master of Education degree become elementary education professionals, researchers, school district specialists, master classroom teachers, consultants, and professional development providers. Some serve as adjunct faculty at junior colleges and universities and others go on to complete a doctoral degree.
Who Can Get a Master's in Elementary Education?
This online program is designed for those interested in the education of elementary children and their families, with emphasis on teachers of first through sixth grades. Topics of study include advanced content methods, public school education, and action research in the learning environment.
What Can I Expect Upon Graduation from SFA?

Stephen F. Austin State University's elementary advanced program prepares professional teachers and leaders to address the educational needs of elementary aged children. Upon the completion of the program, graduates are able to

  • locate, critically analyze, and synthesize current, relevant literature about an elementary education topic;
  • use research methods appropriately to design action research applicable to elementary environments;
  • interpret assessment data to guide instructional decisions;
  • demonstrate the College of Education (COE) Conceptual Framework dispositions leading to successful early childhood teaching: academic excellence, collaboration, life-long learning, openness, integrity, and service; and
  • demonstrate acceptable written communication skills.

Steps to Admission

1. Clear admission under which the student is eligible to work toward a graduate degree;
2. Probationary admission under which the student is eligible to work toward a graduate
degree but with the provision that the student earn a B average on course work the first semester
or summer session of registration or be placed on academic suspension;
3. Provisional admission under which an individual is permitted to take graduate
courses for one semester only, under the provisions described below;