Indiana State Online

Elementary Education M.Ed.


Indiana State University offers a master of education (M.Ed.) in elementary education with concentrations in early childhood, literacy, and primary/intermediate. This master's is offered entirely online to assist elementary and early childhood teachers who wish to improve professional competence and meet licensure requirements.

Completion of this degree qualifies the student for one of the following:

  • The Indiana Professional License in Elementary Education, provided the student holds the standard elementary license and has completed five years of teaching experience; or
  • The Indiana Professional License in Early Childhood Education, provided the student holds a standard license and has completed five years of appropriate teaching experience.
  • This program may or may not lead to licensure in your home state. The courses required in these programs prepare the student for licensure or certification in the State of Indiana. Please contact your state licensing authority to assure that, upon completion of the program, you are qualified to obtain a license or other form of certification. If you need assistance obtaining contact information for the licensing authority in states outside of Indiana, contact Indiana State Online representatives at (812) 237-2345 or Further restrictions may be found in the state specific information under the program availability link.

In addition, the literacy concentration may lead to Reading Teacher Certification. Prior to enrolling, students should contact their state's certification office to determine if this program meets their state's requirements.

This 32-credit-hour program may be completed in 18 months of full-time study if the student begins in summer and follows our recommended sequence (summer: 9 credits; fall: 6 credits; spring: 6 credits; summer: 11 credits). Students do have the option of extending the program should they choose a less aggressive schedule. The University allows part-time students to take up to seven years to earn the degree, although the program is typically completed in far less time.

Note: In addition to this on-line master's program, the University offers the master of education in elementary education on the ISU campus, located in Terre Haute, Indiana. The on-campus master's includes concentrations in early childhood, literacy, and primary/intermediate—plus an elementary initial licensure concentration that enables an individual who already holds a bachelor's degree to obtain a teaching license.

Required Courses:

All courses are offered online. On-campus visits are not required. High-speed Internet access is required.

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Admission Requirements:

This program is open to in-state and many out-of-state students. This program is closed to all students residing abroad (including international students) except for U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree granted by a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in the applicant's major field of study or have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all courses taken at the graduate level.
  • Hold or be eligible for an Indiana teaching license in the program area to which admission is sought.
  • The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.

Note: Before pursuing a program intended to lead to licensure, individuals are encouraged to contact Indiana State Online at (812) 237-2345 or


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

All education licensure programs and related school programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Indiana Department of Education.

Application Instructions:

  1. Apply online.
  2. Submit a $45.00 application fee (nonrefundable) payable by Visa, MasterCard, or check or money order payable to Indiana State University (include SSN or student ID). No cash accepted. An application cannot be evaluated until the fee has been received. ISU students returning within two years from their last enrollment will be exempt from the $45.00 fee. Payment should be sent to: Graduate Admissions, Indiana State University, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, Indiana, 47809-1904.
  3. Submit official transcripts for all institutions attended (undergraduate and graduate). To be official, transcripts must be sent directly from the school attended to Graduate Admissions, Indiana State University, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, Indiana, 47809-1904. E-transcripts should be sent to
  4. Although not required, we recommend that the applicant submit a written statement of purpose that explains how the degree fits in with his or her professional goals. The statement should be one to two pages, double-spaced, and typed in either ten- or twelve-point type face. Submit the statement directly to the Department of Elementary, Early, and Special Education via email (, fax (812-237-8208), or mail to: Bayh College of Education, Room 218, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN 47809.

Once admitted, students receive notification from the University as well as their University ID number needed to activate their Sycamore login on the MyISU Portal. The Portal offers access to online registration, University records, and other important University services, including e-mail, and University announcements. In addition, admitted students should download this checklist and email for further instructions.

Note: Returning ISU students must apply for re-admission if they have not attended ISU for more than two calendar years.

Fees & Expenses:

Students in this master's program pay the same University fees as other students, including online education delivery fees. In addition, students pay a one-time assessment fee of $100 (subject to change).

Financial Aid & Assistance:

Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.

In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits.

Further Information:

For further information and assistance, contact:

Indiana State Online
(812) 237-2345

Indiana State Online Students Residing Outside of Indiana: Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering online degrees. While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all ISU online programs may not be available in all states. Currently, online programs are not offered in the state of Massachusetts. To check the status of programs available in a particular state, visit program availability.

The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.