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
MBU Online

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.

“As a school of inquiry we honor the individual – how they learn, their unique perspective, what they bring to a lesson, and their process for accomplishing a set goal.”

Pam BaileyAssociate Dean and Director, School of Education

Student-centered teaching 

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.

Sample courses

  • Contemporary Learning Theory for Diverse Learners
  • 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

View all course requirements.

Special Education Add-On

Students enrolled in our Elementary Education BA program can earn Special Education General Curriculum endorsement (grades K-6) by completing additional coursework. Speak to an advisor to learn more!

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

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.

It’s time to level up your career. Apply today!