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EIU Master's of Education in Elementary Education

The Simple Steps to Becoming EIU

Students may begin the M.S.Ed. in Elementary Education or the Certificate in Reading Instruction programs in the Fall, Spring or Summer semester. The department accepts applications to these graduate programs throughout the year for full-time or part-time graduate study. Although many of the students enrolled in these programs are full-time practicing teachers who have chosen to pursue a degree or certificate program as part-time graduate students, we do offer graduate assistantships to qualified candidates who wish to pursue full-time graduate study.

Students awarded graduate assistantships to support full-time graduate study usually begin in the Fall semester and complete the graduate assistant orientation program. It is rare for the department to have the ability to offer assistantships beginning in the Spring semester. However, if assistantships are available beginning in the Spring, applicants will be considered. Please contact the graduate coordinator to inquire about the availability of assistantship opportunities.

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Apply to the Graduate School

All students can apply to the graduate school through MyEIU. The graduate school requires:

  1. A complete online application
  2. A copy of your official transcripts
  3. A $30 application fee

Learn more about the Graduate School admissions process.

Apply to the Program

Please send the following to the graduate coordinator:

  1. The departmental admission application (pdf) for the Master of Science - Elementary Education and/or Certificate in Reading Instruction must be completed and returned.
  2. A copy of transcripts showing the required 3.0 GPA within the last 60 hours of undergraduate study (or 3.0 GPA in the first 12 hours of graduate coursework) is generally included within the admission packet.
  3. A copy of the applicant's current teaching certificate must be submitted. If the individual does not have certification at the appropriate level, he/she will need to complete the coursework necessary for certification, which may entail undergraduate and graduate credits. Please refer to the information regarding Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification.
  4. Two current letters of recommendation provided by professional sources, such as an immediate supervisor, principal and/or co-worker, are required. The letters of recommendation should address such topics as: - the candidate's depth of content knowledge including effective technology skills and ethical behaviors/dispositions; - critical thinking and problem solving; - oral and written communication skills; - advanced scholarship (research and/or creative activity); - ability to work with diverse clientele; and - ability to collaborate and create positive relationships within the school, community and profession.
  5. Advanced Candidate Self-Assessment - Please complete and submit this self-evaluation (pdf).
  6. A professional resume that includes information regarding undergraduate education, work experience, recent professional development activities (i.e., workshops attended and/or workshops presented), involvement with professional education organizations, and volunteer work within the community (involving children/youth) must be developed and submitted. Sample resume formats can be found on the Career Services website.
  7. A formal (typed) letter of application expressing the applicant's goals for the master's program is required. Within the letter of application, please describe a professional situation that required you (the applicant) to employ critical thinking and/or problem solving to select an appropriate course of action in order to resolve an issue. Also, address your knowledge of data-driven decision-making in education and describe any relevant past experiences in using data to improve classroom practice.

Please mail all materials for the departmental application to:
Dr. John H. Bickford III
EC/ELE/MLE Department - Graduate Program
2213 Buzzard Hall
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

Please note that the program admission requirements are different than the Graduate School requirements. You may also send the appropriate items above via email to the graduate coordinator: Dr. John H. Bickford III at

Keep an Eye on Your Admission Status

You'll be able to keep tabs on the status of your application through MyEIU; you'll receive a message when you have been officially admitted to EIU!

Apply for an Assistantship

If you are interested in a graduate assistantship, you also need to submit a graduate assistantship application.

Graduate assistantships are typically awarded in accordance with the academic year. Assistantship applications are normally accepted through the middle of February; a decision for the next academic year comes within a month. For more information about graduate assistantships, please click here.

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Department of
Elementary Education

2220 Buzzard
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-6300

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