Make a difference in the lives of young learners with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education
Gain a broad understanding of child development. Explore cutting-edge teaching theories. Participate in hands-on experiential learning. As one of the leading teacher education programs in the Washington, D.C. area, Marymount University’s Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education prepares graduates to be “classroom ready” for the teaching profession, where they’ll play a critical role in shaping young minds.
- Learn from top educators in the Washington, D.C., area
Our small, collaborative classes within the School of Education are taught by experienced and dedicated subject matter experts in literacy, mathematics, STEM, special education, curriculum and instruction, and educational leadership. You’ll conduct research and attend conferences alongside faculty who will guide your academic career with one-on-one personalized advising — from first-year classes all the way through your 14-week senior practicum and graduation.
- Experiential learning through internships
With a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Marymount, you’ll put your coursework into practice with fieldwork, internships, and other hands-on clinical environments. Marymount provides you with purposeful learning experiences through established partnerships with local schools and other academic institutions in the Metro D.C. area. Placements are also available in Europe, South America, and New Zealand for half of the required 14-week practicum. We additionally sponsor service learning study abroad opportunities in Columbia, Panama, and Uganda.
- Collaborate with academic professionals
Marymount’s Education programs are designed by teachers, for teachers, and our faculty will get you “classroom ready.” You’ll engage with other career professionals who have a variety of educational experiences and can share diverse perspectives and ideas.
- 120 credits
- Students may choose between a licensure or non-licensure track
- $1,190 per credit hour
- Courses offered on site, remote, or hybrid
- Fall and Spring intakes
- Teacher preparation programs accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
- Marymount University is accredited by the Southern Assoc. of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
- Scholarships and loan forgiveness available through the Virginia Dept. of Education
- Completed application submitted through the Marymount Application or Common App (application for the teacher licensure program is completed after first year or during sophomore year)
- High school transcripts
- Letter(s) of recommendation
- Personal essay (optional)
- Updated résumé
- Non-native English speakers must meet our English Language Proficiency Requirement
- Students or former students of schools outside the U.S. may be considered international applicants, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, and be subject to additional international admissions requirements
Marymount University does not consider SAT/ACT scores for admission or scholarship purposes.
Program Curriculum Snapshot
ED 254: Technology for the K-12 Classroom
An introductory, hands-on course designed to prepare pre-service teachers to use the current technologies that are found in the K-12 classroom. Additionally, students will be prepared to meet the technological standards set for teachers.
ED 301: Foundation of Literacy Development
This course is designed to provide an understanding of how children develop language and grow into literacy. The nature of reading, writing, and language acquisition is emphasized and an examination of second-language learners and cultural diversity are included.
ED 461: Classroom Management in the PK-12 Classroom
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.
Career and Salary Possibilities
With current teacher shortages, jobs are waiting for you! Marymount graduates currently enjoy a 100% placement rate. With PreK–6th grade teaching licensure, Elementary Education alumni from Marymount are working teachers in every school district in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
A degree in Education can also open the doors to jobs outside the classroom. In addition to teachers, Marymount graduates with a degree in Elementary Education hold jobs such as:
- Corporate trainer
- Curriculum developer
- Dept. chair or assistant principal
- Government agency administrator
- Instructional design specialist
The median pay for K-6 elementary school teachers in the U.S. is $61,350, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook for 2021. The projected increase in teaching jobs from 2021-2031 is projected at 4%, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
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
“I absolutely love the School of Education at Marymount University — what isn’t there to love about it? The faculty is amazing, and all of my professors have been so wonderful and supportive. My biggest highlight was traveling to Panama, an experience that I will never forget — to see the joy on the students’ faces was priceless, and also using our knowledge and skills to support their teachers.” — Rosa Segovia, Class of 2022, 4th Grade Teacher at Escuela Key Elementary School in Arlington, VA