Make a Lifelong Impact with a Master’s in Education
A master’s degree in Education from Marymount University will give you the tools, resources, and skills to be an outstanding teaching professional in a variety of learning environments. Whether you’re destined to be a classroom instructor or district administrator, our master’s degrees and certificate programs prepare graduate students for rewarding careers in education and beyond.
Marymount M.Ed. alumni teach in public, private, Catholic, and independent schools, nurturing intellectual development of their students while adapting to the changing educational landscape in today’s classrooms.
- Learn from top educators
Our program faculty members are what make Marymount a leading teaching education program in the metro D.C. area. They are subject matter experts in areas like literacy, mathematics, special education, curriculum and instruction, and educational leadership.
- Study on your schedule
Courses are flexible. With classes offered in the late afternoon and early evening, hybrid or online, we help make it easier to balance graduate school with your job or other commitments. Full-time students may complete the program in as little as 1 year or take up to 5 years to earn their graduate certificate or master’s degree in Education.
- Find your passion with hands-on learning
Research. Internships. Community field work. Marymount provides you with purpose-driven learning experiences through partnerships with schools and other academic institutions in the Washington, D.C., area or abroad.
- Student-teach at home or around the globe
Marymount offers 14-week student-teaching internships through our partners in the greater Washington, D.C., area and dynamic, immersive study abroad programs in countries like Columbia, Panama, New Zealand, and Uganda. Students can also apply for international programs offered by other learning institutions through the Center for Global Engagement. Click here for more information about our global initiatives.
- Marymount offers Master’s in Education degrees in:
- Elementary Education
- Secondary Education
- Special Education
- Administration & Supervision
- Curriculum & Instruction
- You can also supplement your master’s degree in Education with graduate certificates in:
- English as a Second Language
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
- Special Education
- 30-36 credit hours
- 2-year master’s programs in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, and Administration & Supervision.
- Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
- The Curriculum & Instruction Education degree is designed for students not seeking licensure or for those who are already certified or work in a non-academic setting
- Graduate application
- Professional résumé
- Proof of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.75 GPA or 3.25 in the last 60 credit hours, or 3.0 in selected endorsement area
- A passing VCLA writing score or in-house writing sample
- 2 recommendations that speak directly to applicant’s academic and interpersonal skills
- All undergraduate transcripts reflecting coursework needed for licensure requirements
- Passing scores for the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) and math competency as determined by the licensure program academic advisor
- Common math competencies include SAT/ACT/GRE scores, Praxis math scores, and college-level math classes
- For more information, please reach out to an Education faculty member
*Administration & Supervision M.Ed. applicants: please see program-specific admissions page for additional requirements.
**Applicants for Administration & Supervision M.Ed., certificates, and the non-licensure Curriculum & Instruction M.Ed. programs are not required to take the Praxis or VCLA examinations.
For university coursework completed outside the U.S., a course-by-course transcript evaluation is required from a NACES member evaluation agency such as World Education Services or Educational Credentials Evaluators.
Students for whom English is a second language must submit a recent official score of 96 from TOEFL, 6.5 from IELTS, or 58 from the PTE academic exam, or documentation of program completion at one of Marymount University’s language partners. For complete information about International Admissions Guidelines and language partner programs, visit our International Graduate Students page.
Program Curriculum Snapshot
ED 500: Foundations of Education and the Teaching Profession
An introduction to curriculum development, standards and accountability, and lesson planning to support the needs of all learners. This course explores the historical, sociological, and philosophical foundations of education and the teaching profession, emphasizing current trends and issues. A minimum 10-hour service-learning component is required.
ED 539: Instructional Implementation of the Individualized Education Program
This course covers implementation of individualized education programs (IEP) in a K-12 setting, including the use of assessment tools to make decisions about student progress within the general education curriculum.
ED 571: Effective Classroom Management
Provides the principles and practices of effective classroom management, individual intervention strategies, and classroom community building in developmentally appropriate ways within the PK-12 setting.
Career and Salary Possibilities
Graduates of Marymount’s M.Ed. program will be licensed in Virginia to teach:
- Elementary education, grades PK-6
- Secondary education, grades 6-12 including biology, chemistry, earth science, English, history and social science, mathematics, or physics
- Special education general curriculum, grades K-12
- Admissions counselor
- Test developer
- Educational researcher
- Senior curriculum specialist
- Non-profit organizations
Meet Our Faculty
We are a dedicated community of dynamic teacher-scholars who are not only experts in the field, but also passionate and innovative educators creating learning experiences that ensure all students succeed. Our faculty and staff have advised, nurtured, and inspired students for many decades. We prepare educational leaders and caring practitioners for diverse learning communities with a focus on service, global perspectives, and academic excellence. Our programs are well known for their small class sizes and for the personalized attention students receive from expert faculty. Graduates of our programs gain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to make a difference in the lives of others, across the nation, and the world.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or if you wish to receive additional information about our programs, resources, or activities. Join our vibrant community which affords limitless opportunities for both your professional and personal development. We all look forward to welcoming you to our School of Education!
Join us in making a difference!
Dr. Lisa Turissini
“My graduate school career took place from 2020 to 2022 during the pandemic, and my professors couldn’t have been more adaptable. My majority-online learning experience was aided greatly by their kindness, flexibility, and joy behind their work. I was able to organize my own field experience in my first semester, which allowed me to volunteer online at my local school for credit during those first tumultuous months of staying home. The Education professors at Marymount are always open to support, help, discuss our needs and the needs of our current and future students in depth during and beyond class hours.” – Kenzy Forman, Class of 2022, M.Ed. with licensure