Share Your Love of Learning with Preschool and Elementary Students
Help young learners develop the building blocks they’ll need for success in school and life with an Elementary Education master’s degree from Marymount University. If you’re ready to turn your bachelor’s degree into a M.Ed. with licensure, Marymount’s master’s in Elementary Education degree program provides the hands-on experience, group work, and advanced instructional practice you’ll need to make a difference for children in grades PreK–6.
- Field experiences and student-teaching opportunities to get you ‘classroom ready’
Marymount offers a 14-week student-teaching internship at a Pk-6 school at one of our metro D.C. partners in public, private, or parochial schools. You can also gain a global perspective through dynamic study abroad opportunities in countries like Panama, Colombia, Uganda, or New Zealand. Click here for more information about our global initiatives.
- Research to inspire change in education
Assist faculty from our elementary teacher education program on research projects that positively impact the field, or pursue a passion of your own. Students in our master’s in Elementary Education program have presented their findings at conferences and symposiums locally, nationally, and internationally. These experiences can enhance your resume or CV when seeking Elementary Education jobs after graduation.
- Take classes with other M.Ed. majors
At Marymount, some of our coursework in elementary education is integrated with other M.Ed. majors. Share diverse perspectives and strategies, and collaborate with your peers.
- Create a schedule that works for you
Our elementary teaching education program is flexible. Courses are offered online, on campus, and hybrid, so we can accommodate your busy life while you earn your degree. Take up to 2 years or enroll full time and complete your Elementary Education master’s degree with licensure in as little as one year.
- 36 credit hours
- Program completion in 1-2 years
- Licensure to teach in public, private, Catholic, and other elementary schools in Virginia, with reciprocity across many states in the U.S.
- Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
- Fall, Spring and Summer enrollment
- 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
- 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)
- Common math competencies include SAT/ACT/GRE scores, Praxis math scores, or college-level math classes
- For more information, please reach out to an Education faculty member
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 571: Effective Classroom Management
This course is designed to explore the principles and best practices of effective and culturally responsive classroom management techniques, individual intervention strategies, and classroom community building in developmentally appropriate ways within the PK-12 education setting. Students will also learn behavior management assessments, techniques, and interventions within the schoolwide, classroom, and individual settings, including functional behavioral assessment.
ED 555: Literacy Methods for Diverse Learners, Grades PK-2
Introduces students to the teaching of reading by exploring the nature of the reading process and the major approaches and skills needed to enhance literacy learning in the classroom for students in grades PK-2. Various strategies for teaching spelling, writing, vocabulary and comprehension are emphasized. Students will examine and apply diagnostic tools used to assess, evaluate, and group students for differentiated literacy instruction
ED 557: Social Studies and the Visual Arts
This course provides an understanding of the knowledge, skills, and processes of history and the social science disciplines as defined by stat e and national standards. It provides experiences and strategies for teaching and integrating the visual arts across the curriculum. One emphasis is placed on the development of planning and assessment strategies that help teachers differentiate instruction through the use of multiple instructional models. A second emphasis of the course is to develop strategies to help children understand their world through literature, art, music, drama, and dance.
Career and Salary Possibilities
Whether you want to be a pre-school or upper elementary teacher, you’ll find a variety of career opportunities with a Master’s in Elementary Education:
- Preschool – 6th grade classroom teacher
- Educational consultant
- Curriculum leader
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
“The professors at Marymount are not only some of the best educators in the world, but also tremendous coaches and mentors, providing me with the tools and preparation for a successful career in teaching. My classroom and field experiences were a holistic process where theory met with practice. Each class and assignment represented important building blocks to create the teacher I have become. Learning is a continuous lifelong process, and I am fortunate Marymount engineered a strong foundation for my future.” – Courtney Berry, Class of 2022, 1st Grade Teacher at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School, Alexandria, VA