Elementary Education (BA)
Make a real difference in your community.
Elementary education is in one of the top ten critical shortage areas in Virginia. Schools desperately need K – 6 teachers. That’s where you come in. You’re looking to pursue a career with a clear purpose and path – where you can make a difference in the lives of children and have a positive impact on your community. At Mary Baldwin, we’ll equip you with the skills and experience you need to excel as a teacher – with confidence.
- Time to finish
- 4 years
- Bachelor of Arts
Why study Elementary Education at Mary Baldwin?
Our bachelor’s in Elementary Education combines the flexibility of online coursework with hands-on, classroom experience. First, you’ll work with our faculty to learn inquiry-based practices and student-centered techniques. You’ll have the opportunity to deep dive into specific subject areas like classroom management, exceptionalities, and lesson planning.
In practicums, you’ll have the opportunity to practice what you’ve learned with fellow students and faculty and build confidence in your abilities. Later, as a K – 6 student teacher, you’ll gain real classroom experience with the support and guidance of a cooperating teacher. It’s in the classroom where you truly learn what it means to be an educator.
By the end of our program, you’ll be fully prepared to complete the required assessments for licensure and embark on your new career.
Our student-centered teaching philosophy, collaborative techniques, and focus on inquiry-based practices will set you on the path to success. In your coursework, you’ll learn the very latest thinking and pedagogical approaches in the field. After four years, you’ll graduate with a firm grasp of the skills and techniques needed to reach every child in your classroom.
- Contemporary Learning Theory for Diverse Learners
- Leadership in Education
- Methods of Professional Inquiry
- Field Experience in Elementary Education
- An Integrated Approach to Language Arts
- An Inquiry Approach to Reading and Writing in the content area
- Classroom and Behavioral Management: Theory and Practice
- Instructional Strategies
- Technologies to Advance Learning
- Inquiry Research Project
- Graduate Elective
Unique student support
The McCree Center for Life Success assists current students and alumni in finding the best opportunities throughout their career development. We work closely with both faculty and employers to identify how your valued education best matches the needs of today’s evolving marketplace.
Cost & financial aid
We work hard to make an MBU education one of the most affordable in the country. 95% percent of MBU students receive scholarship awards or financial aid. And MBU helps you get your degree faster by maximizing transfer credits and translating relevant work and life experiences into course credits. A great education is worth it. Let us help you bring your aspirations to life.
A profession and a passion
The state of Virginia needs you! Teaching allows you to make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities as you guide and support students through their educational journey. It’s a profession that offers meaningful connections, personal growth, and the satisfaction of knowing you’re having a real, positive impact on society.
Cost & Financial Aid
At MBU, we are committed to offering our students a first-rate education at a price they can afford. We award over $16 million in aid each year and provide zero-cost tuition to new FAFSA-eligible Virginia residents making less than $60,000 annually. A great education is worth it. Let us help you bring your aspirations to life.