Masters Degrees in Elementary Education

Interview With Joshua Fleitas: Master of Elementary Education

Why did you decide to pursue an Master of Elementary Education Degree?

I decided to get my Master’s degree in education because I wanted something more out of life. I thought I would be a great teacher for a number of reasons. In the office, I had positive and memorable experiences as a mentor to junior creative employees. Also, I grew up with a mother who is an excellent teacher. Lastly, I used to head a daycare classroom at the YMCA and had fond memories of my time doing that.

What is your primary area of interest within the field of education?

Within the field of education, I’m most interested in working with under-served students who aren’t yet totally jaded and help them tap into their potential for greatness. I want to help foster confidence and self-respect in students who aren’t exposed to such qualities in their everyday lives.

Which Masters in Elementary Education Program Did You Select?

The MSEd program I attended was at Hunter College in Manhattan, specifically for urban elementary education, grades 1-6. It was typically a 3 year graduate program that I completed in 2 years by loading-up on classes full-time and taking Summer courses. I took out the maximum student loans I was able to. I also worked part-time as both a substitute teacher and a personal support worker for The Kennedy Center.

What did you like about the program?

There were a number of things about the program at Hunter College that I liked. My educational psychology classes were demanding, yet simultaneously eye-opening and stimulating. I learned a great deal in a short amount of time. Likewise, my teaching mathematics course was fascinating, though math is a subject I’ve never liked. My professor for that course, Bob Gyles, was a brilliant teacher whose passion for teaching, learning, and mathematics was utterly infectious.

What did you not like about the program?

Some of the required courses seemed pointless and I didn’t take much away from them. My Diversity in Education class was taught by an ex-radical who rambled endlessly about his past and had very extreme ideas about education and America. Additionally, the Educational Foundations class I took was given by a young, first-time teacher, whose style was to let us teach each other as she sat back and “moderated”, albeit usually silently. Thus, none of us were engaged nor learned much, other than how to take a topic and whittle it down into a 20 minute lecture that we’d give to each other.

Were you employed while taking classes? If so, how did you manage your time?

As previously mentioned, I worked part-time during grad school as a substitute teacher and for the Kennedy Center in CT. I worked on my days without classes, and the income these jobs provided was minimal, which meant that I still had to take out all the student loans I was able to in order to afford my education. If I was too busy with school work, I was able to refuse a day of subbing in order to study, and the Kennedy Center job allowed me to pretty much choose the hours I’d work.

What should a student look for when choosing an education program?

I think the first thing a prospective MSEd student should look for is the state of employment for where they wish to work once they graduate. I graduated in the Spring of 2009, and I have yet to find a job teaching anywhere in or near the city. Due to the hiring freeze at the NYC Department of Education, my peers and I have been unable to secure job. This leaves me with significant student loans to pay off. I’ve even applied for every charter school teaching position I could find, to no avail. Consequently, I would not recommend going to graduate school for a MSEd if you want to teach in NYC. The jobs are simply not available.

What do you intend to do with your degree?

I wanted to use my degree to teach, but that’s just not happening right now, so I really do not know what I will do with it. Eventually, perhaps I’ll move to a new area to find a good teaching job. For the time being, however, I’m going to continue to work in advertising, where my skills and experience always seem to be in demand.

Did you make use of your school’s career services office during your job search?

My school’s career services office was not very helpful for graduates who wanted to be full-time elementary education teachers. Part of that has to do with the fact that there really aren’t any new jobs for teachers who aren’t already employees of the DOE. The career services office sends me emails occasionally, but they are never for jobs that apply to me, unless I want to be a teacher’s aid or work part-time. Usually they’re just forwarded emails that the office gets sent, and many times they’re for jobs that I’m not even qualified for, such as ones that require at least 2 year’s worth of classroom experience.

List of Programs

Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants

Arkansas State University

MSE in Special Education – Instructional Specialist K-12
CAEP Accredited

Arkansas State University

Master of Science in Early Childhood Services
CAEP Accredited

All Programs

See below for the list of programs. You can filter down by state, accrediting board, or program to find the best program for you.
Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants
Alabama State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Alcorn State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Anderson University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Andrews University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Appalachian State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Arkansas Tech University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Athens State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Auburn University Main Campus
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Auburn University-Montgomery
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Barry University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Blue Mountain College
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Bob Jones University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Boston College
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Brandeis University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Bridgewater State College
  • Masters in Elementary Education
California State University-Los Angeles
  • Masters in Elementary Education
California State University-Northridge
  • Masters in Elementary Education
California State University-Stanislaus
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Cambridge College
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Campbell University Inc
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Carlow University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Catawba College
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Centenary College of Louisiana
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Central Connecticut State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Chicago State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
  • Masters in Elementary Education
City University of Seattle
  • Masters in Elementary Education
College of Charleston
  • Masters in Elementary Education
College of St Joseph
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Columbia College Chicago
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Concordia University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Creighton University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Dominican University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Drury University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Duquesne University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Masters in Elementary Education
East Tennessee State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Eastern Illinois University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Eastern Kentucky University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Eastern Michigan University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Eastern Nazarene College
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Elizabeth City State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Fayetteville State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Fitchburg State College
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Florida Atlantic University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Florida Memorial University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Florida State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Frostburg State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Gardner-Webb University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
George Washington University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Grand Canyon University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Greensboro College
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Hampton University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Harris-Stowe State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
High Point University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Hofstra University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Hope International University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Humboldt State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Husson University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Indiana University-Northwest
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Indiana University-South Bend
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Indiana University-Southeast
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Jacksonville State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
James Madison University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Johnson & Wales University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Johnson C Smith University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Jones International University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Lamar University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Lehigh University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Lewis University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Loyola University Chicago
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Maharishi University of Management
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Marymount University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
McNeese State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Minnesota State University-Mankato
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Misericordia University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Mississippi Valley State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Missouri State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Montclair State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Morgan State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
National University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
National-Louis University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Norfolk State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
North Carolina Central University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Northeastern University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Northern Arizona University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Northern Michigan University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Northern State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Oakland University
Rochester Hills MI
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Old Dominion University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Pfeiffer University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Portland State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Purdue University-North Central Campus
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Quinnipiac University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Roosevelt University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Rowan University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Saint Xavier University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Salem State College
  • Masters in Elementary Education
San Jose State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Seton Hill University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Slippery Rock PA
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau MO
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Southeastern University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Southern Connecticut State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Southern New Hampshire University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Southern Oregon University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Southern University and A & M College
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Southern University at New Orleans
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Stephen F Austin State University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Teachers College at Columbia University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Temple University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Texas A & M University-Commerce
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi TX
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Texas A & M University-Kingsville
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Texas Christian University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Texas State University-San Marcos
  • Masters in Elementary Education
The University of Montana-Western
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Troy University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Masters in Elementary Education
University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Masters in Elementary Education
University of Alaska Southeast
  • Masters in Elementary Education
University of Hartford
  • Masters in Elementary Education
University of Maine
  • Masters in Elementary Education
University of Montevallo
  • Masters in Elementary Education
University of North Alabama
  • Masters in Elementary Education
University of West Florida
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership Certification Online
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green KY
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Western Michigan University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Wilmington University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Winthrop University
  • Masters in Elementary Education
Xavier University
  • Masters in Elementary Education