Master of Education in Elementary Education

The M.Ed. in Elementary Education is designed for current teachers and career changers who hold a bachelor’s degree and want to become certified to teach at the elementary level. Students learn proven teaching strategies and strengthen their mastery of academic content working with professors who are widely recognized regionally and nationally as experts in their fields.

Rivier University is a statewide leader in preparing teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms. Graduates are well-rounded teachers, prepared to work effectively with students, parents, and colleagues to help children get the best education possible.

Program of Study
This 39-credit program includes coursework, field experiences, and a six-credit internship. Coursework spans a wide range of subjects—reading, mathematics, science, history, the arts, technology, classroom behavior management, and more. Field experiences are embedded in relevant coursework; early field experiences are tailored to graduate students’ needs, competencies, and experiences. The program culminates with a 14-week internship. Click the View Curriculum icon above for prerequisite and required courses.

Courses are offered in 7-week or 14-week terms. There are a total of six 7-week terms per year (two terms in each of the fall, spring, and summer semesters). 14-week terms are offered once per semester in the fall, spring, and summer.

Facilities and Resources

Rivier’s Education Center is one of the finest facilities of its kind in northern New England. The Education Center houses the Cho Educational Resource Center, an extensive K-12 curriculum library with recently published textbooks, educational software, a parenting resource center, a children’s literature collection, videos, and more. The Education Center also includes counseling rooms with one-way observation windows.

Regina Library offers access to reference materials such as journals and online databases to support student research and learning outside the classroom.

With a Rivier education degree, graduates are eligible for certification in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Territories; the Department of Defense Education Activity; Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario per the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.

Students seeking teacher certification must apply for licensure after successfully completing the internship, the program competencies, and other program requirements. (New Hampshire teacher licensure is not automatic with the completion of the internship.)


Department of Education
Rivier's high-quality, hands-on bachelor's and master's programs prepare students for leadership roles in a global environment. For more information, visit the Department of Education.


M.Ed. in Elementary Education graduates can pursue leadership roles as:

  • K-8 elementary school teachers
  • Tutors
  • Learning center or agency professionals
  • and other related positions

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