Elementary Education (MEd)

The power to change lives. 

You can remember the first teacher who shaped your life, and you want to be that teacher for another generation of young learners. Skilled elementary educators shepherd children into a lifetime love of learning. With an elementary education degree, you’ll learn what it takes to channel your tireless passion and curiosity into incredible outcomes for your students.

Time to finish
2 years
Master of Education

Why Study Elementary Education at Mary Baldwin?

The first years of a child’s education are the most important and the most formative. The impact of elementary educators can make all the difference in a young person’s future. At MBU, you’ll get the skills and experience to have an endless positive impact on your students, working with faculty whose experience and knowledge are unmatched.

But we also know that you’re balancing work and home, and you may already be dealing with a classroom of your own. That’s why MBU’s elementary education program offers hybrid options to complete your degree with maximum flexibility. You’ll work with our faculty and teaching partners who are practicing educators to learn inquiry-based practices and student-centered techniques. Whether you’re entering the job market or looking to expand your options with an additional endorsement, the elementary education program at MBU rewards your time and efforts.

“Our program emphasizes personalized paths to meet individual goals while modeling and encouraging inquiry and reflection, integrating theory and practice, and providing opportunities for exploration and innovation within a collaborative environment.”

Pam Bailey, Associate Dean and Director, School of Education

Student-Centered Teaching

Our student-centered teaching philosophy and collaborative, experiential, and reflective techniques focus on inquiry-based practices, setting you upon the best path to success. Our faculty come from backgrounds in elementary classrooms, combining real-world experience with knowledge of the most current thinking in the field.

Courses and Curriculum 

Many of your courses will be co-taught with a faculty member and a teaching partner who is a practicing educator. Online, hybrid, and in-seat courses will focus on inquiry-based practices, setting you upon the best course to success. 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
  • 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

View all course requirements.

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.

Outstanding Outcomes 

100% of our graduates are employed in their concentration area. You read that right: 100%. That’s because MBU focuses on the most needed areas in education, with 77% of our students studying in the highest-demand subjects and concentrations. MBU’s reputation for producing exceptionally qualified teachers means that a degree from MBU translates into a career.

Cost & Financial Aid

A great education is worth it. Our mission is to help you level up and bring your aspirations to life.

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