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Stephen F. Austin State University

Standard Elementary Education and Content Emphasis

Frequently Asked Questions

May I Transfer Credits?

Under certain circumstances, you may transfer six semester hours of graduate coursework.


To transfer any credit from other institutions, however, you must submit an official transcript of the courses to be considered and obtain approval of the appropriate academic department chair and academic dean. You cannot transfer course credits completed more than six years prior to your first graduate enrollment at SFA. Moreover, if you do not complete work on your graduate degree at SFA before the expiration of the six years, your transfer credit is not applicable toward a degree here.

Any course accepted by transfer will carry credit but not grade point value. Moreover, to transfer credit, you must have earned a grade of B or higher on the course. The exception is that ALL hours earned in an SFA certification preparation program can be considered for transfer into a graduate degree program.

What Are the Costs?
You can find tuition and cost information on the Financial Aid site.

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About the ELED Master's Degree

What is the ELEM Master's Program?
The standard 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?
A Master of Education 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 lifelong learning and success.
What Can I Do with a Master's Degree in Elementary Education?
Graduates with a Master of Education 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 eighth 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

  • know, understand, and use the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to development of children and young adolescents to construct learning opportunities that support individual students' development, acquisition of knowledge, and motivation.
  • know, understand, and demonstrate a high level of competence in their content in the areas of English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
  • use their knowledge of students, learning, curriculum, environment, diversity, communication, and community to plan and implement collaborative engaging, thought provoking, inquiry-based instruction to meet the needs of all learners.
  • know, understand, and use formal and informal assessment strategies to plan, evaluate, and strengthen instruction to promote continuous intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of all learners.
  • know, implement, evaluate, and reflect upon research-based teaching, professional ethics, and professional learning resources to establish and maintain positive, collaborative relationships with families, colleagues, professional organizations, and community agencies to promote the intellectual, social, emotional, physical growth, and well-being of all learners.

Steps to Admission

Standard Elementary Education Degree Plan