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Master of Education in Elementary Education (K-5) Initial Licensure

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What can I do with a Master of Education in Elementary Education (K-5) Initial Licensure?

Elementary Teacher Elementary Education Instructional Aide Online Teacher for Children

6%* Estimated Job Growth

Keys to Success

To be successful in this program, students must have strong leadership and communication skills, and be passionate about working with children. Because the program’s curriculum is varied and demanding, you must be organized, disciplined, and self-motivated to meet the standards required.

South College is dedicated to providing all the support we can to help our students succeed. Throughout the course, you will have frequent access to experienced instructors to make your experience as positive and enriching as possible, along with available course tutoring and the Writing Lab and Math Lab to help with core skills as needed.

Teacher teaching a group of students.

Continuing Education

The master of education initial licensure is the highest degree offered for this field at South College. Graduates may choose to pursue a doctoral/PhD-level degree or augment their credentials through our Educational Specialist Teacher Leadership in School (Online) program.

Accreditation or Approval

Knoxville

The Master of Education in Elementary Education (K-5) Initial Licensure program received Conditional Approval upon implementation and will be reviewed during the next cycle in conjunction with the Bachelor of Science program (anticipate next review in fall 2019).
Total Program and Degree Length
Total Program Credits*: 60
Degree Length: 15 months full-time enrollment
*South College operates on the quarter system, offering the possibility for more flexibility and more options for our students.
Program Tuition Rate
$6,900/quarter
South College offers flat-rate tuition, which provides students the opportunity to take more hours for a lower cost. 10-18 hours is the same cost regardless of how many hours are taken.

Consumer Information

Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program can be found here. South College follows the required methodology provided by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for the reporting of employment information for graduates. This information is compiled on an annual basis and submitted to the Commission by October 15 each year for graduates during the most recently completed reporting year (July 1-June 30). For more detailed information related to the calculation of graduate employment rates, please click here.

*The career options listed above are a small sample of potential job titles, and are not meant to be comprehensive. Students may or may not find employment in these positions. Job growth statistics are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014–2024 projections. Note that the Bureau does not publish estimates for all job titles, so in some cases these numbers are an approximation based on similar job titles.

Success At South College

Shawn Domm

I chose South College because it came highly recommended from mentors of mine, the faculty is second to none, and the program fits my ever-changing lifestyle. I also chose it because of the flexibility. My wife is still serving in the United States Air Force on Active Duty, and this means that we move when they tell us to move.

- Shawn Domm, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Elizabeth Ferichs

One of the major reasons I chose South College was for the smaller class sizes. It allows more one-on-one time between students and professors, which enhances the learning experience for me.

- Elizabeth Frerichs, Bachelor of Science in Health Science
Adam Hatcher

I went to college originally straight out of high school with the intent of majoring in musical performance with a concentration in theoretical studies. I was not prepared to for college at that point, so I decided to gain some experience and maturity by joining the work force full-time. After working for 10 years, I felt it was time to try school again.

- Adam Hatcher, Bachelor of Business Administration
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