School of Education & Counseling

Elementary Education (Puerto Rico)  Master of Education

Prepare for teacher recertification and increase your chance of advancement with our Master of Education (MEd) in Elementary Education. This degree program is approved by the Puerto Rico Council of Education.

Puerto Rico
30 Credits
Starts September 3, 2024


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Master's in Elementary Education Program Overview

Get ready to make a difference in the lives of elementary school students. The degree in Elementary Education offers a flexible, affordable graduate program perfect for adult learners. During your coursework, you’ll investigate classroom best practices. You’ll test your skills through an independent learning project. Then you’ll graduate ready to teach in public and private schools in Puerto Rico.

Prior valid Puerto Rico teacher certification is required for admission to this program. Talk to one of our admission counselors to find out more.

Based in Puerto Rico, this program includes a blend of on-campus classes and online (asynchronous) classwork.

MEd in Elementary Education Program Highlights

In the Master of Elementary of Education, you’ll develop practical skills that transfer effortlessly to any classroom. Practice teaching strategies for students of diverse abilities and languages. Participate in collaborative learning groups and co-teaching exercises.

Choose Cambridge College for Your MEd

  • Career-focused learning: As part of your elementary education coursework, you’ll engage in independent projects that personalize your learning experience and prepare you for your career.
  • Language: Classroom instruction is in Spanish and coursework is in Spanish and English.
  • Great location: Our classroom location in Puerto Rico is close to public transportation and provides year-round free parking for students.
  • Flexible, hybrid program: Four classes per term are taught on-campus, typically on weekends; the rest of the classwork is completed online (asynchronously). This allows you to earn your Master’s degree in Elementary Education while balancing work and family time.
  • Experienced faculty: Learn from experienced education professionals who are accomplished researchers and accessible teachers dedicated to your success.
  • Exceptional value. Cambridge College is committed to making higher education more accessible and providing a greater value for students.

MEd in Elementary Education Tuition Information

Cost Per Credit
Total Program Tuition
Puerto Rico
Cost Per Credit$344
Credits* 30 credits
Total Program Tuition $10,320

*See curriculum sheet for a breakdown of credits and credit ranges.

Prospective graduate degree students for programs in the School of Education & Counseling must satisfy the following requirements plus any program-specific requirements your program may have.

  1. Complete and sign the online application.
  2. Pay the application fee. Pay your $50 ($100 for international students) application fee by the term start date.
  3. Send official transcripts. Maildirectly to Cambridge College in a sealed, unopened envelope. Learn How to Send Transcripts. Required degrees must be from accredited colleges or universities.
    • Master's and most graduate certificate programs require an earned bachelor's degree.
    • Post-master's certificates and CAGS require an earned master's degree.
    • International transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an approved agency. See all international student requirements
  4. Send your résumé and work experience. Send your resume that details your education and work experience, including how they pertain to your career goals. If your SEC program has a work experience requirement, it will be listed in the Program-Specific Requirements section below.
  5. Submit your personal statement. Write a 500-word, typed, double-spaced essay describing your professional experience, goals and objectives for graduate study. How do you expect your graduate studies to enhance your future career?
  6. Include two professional recommendations (not required for fully online programs). These should address your professional character and ability to perform graduate work. Download Applicant Recommendation Form
  7. Interview (required for some programs). If your program requires an interview, it will be listed in the Program-Specific Requirements section below.
  8. Satisfy Health Insurance & Immunization requirements. (Massachusetts only). These are required only for graduate students taking six or more credits per term in Massachusetts through on-campus or hybrid classes. Health insurance may be waived.

Teacher Licensure Program Requirements

In addition to the requirements listed above, our Teacher Licensure Programs have these additional requirements:

  1. Earned bachelor's degree with 3.0 or higher GPA.
  2. MA Educator Documentation from the Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) website. Keep copies of all documents submitted and, upon admission, post in your electronic portfolio:
    1. Massachusetts Educator Personnel ID (MEPID number)
    2. MTEL Communication & Literacy Test, successfully completed.

Required if completed:

  • Massachusetts preliminary license, if held
  • Sheltered English Instruction requirement
  • Fingerprinting and Criminal Offender Record Information

Applicants who do not initially meet all requirements (e.g. GPA of 3.0 or MTEL) for admission into their chosen licensure program must enroll in the corresponding non-licensure degree option. Students who achieve a 3.0 GPA upon completion of the first three SEC courses, pass the MTELs, and now meet all requirements, may request a change of program.

Disclosures: For all Licensure Programs

  • Licensure requirements are subject to change per Massachusetts regulations. All Cambridge College licensure programs are based on current regulations.
  • All candidates admitted for licensure programs must successfully complete the program in its entirety.
  • All requirements at the time of program completion must be finalized prior to seeking Massachusetts endorsement for licensure purposes.
  • If you have any licensure questions, please speak to your program chair.

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

Elementary Education Careers

Earning an MEd is a great way to grow your earning potential. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, elementary school teachers earn a median annual pay of $61,620 across the United States.* In Puerto Rico, the mean annual salary is $34,800.**


Median annual wage for elementary education teachers in the U.S., May 2022*


Mean annual wage for elementary education teachers in Puerto Rico, May 2022**

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers, (visited November 20, 2023).

**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics, Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education, (visited November 20, 2023).

Elementary Education Jobs

After graduating with an MEd in Elementary Education, you could go on to become a:

  • School principal
  • District administrator
  • Educational director
  • College professor
  • Educational policy analyst
  • Counselor

As a graduate of the Master of Elementary Education, you can request recertification from the Department of Education of Puerto Rico if you already possess certifications in other areas, and are qualified for employment in public and private schools. You can also establish elementary teaching partnerships.

Faculty Spotlight

Sol E. Leon

Sol E. Leon


Program Chair and Senior Instructor

Sol Enid Leon is a woman with a passion for education at all levels and leading educational systems to excellence in education. With this in mind, she became a physics teacher and has been in the profession for seventeen years. She was selected as Teacher of the Year in 2005 and won the Amgen Science for Four Award in 2006. She holds current teaching certificates in the following areas: Elementary Science, General Science, Biology, Environmental Science, and Technology. She continued her...