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Adult Undergraduate Degree in Elementary Education, B.S.

Prepare young minds.

Being a teacher means investing yourself in preparing the future citizens of the world, guiding them in their knowledge quest and giving them the academic foundation they need to be successful as they move onward and upward. The Mount St. Mary's University elementary education program is your chance to prepare yourself for a teaching position in grades 1–6. The adult undergraduate program is designed specifically to accommodate the schedule of a working adult, offering courses online or one night each week during the academic year and twice per week in the summer. And at the end of the program, you will have earned your bachelor of science degree in education and will be a fully prepared candidate for certification in elementary education (1–6).

School of Education

The adult undergraduate degree in elementary education is part of the School of Education. Rigorous programs and close interaction with acclaimed faculty ensure that graduates leave the Mount ready to make a difference in a rapidly changing educational environment.

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About the program.

The Mount's elementary education program integrates our core liberal arts with technical and managerial skills required to promote learning in the classroom and on an individual level. In this program you will learn not only how to teach topics such as language arts, social studies, mathematics and science in grade 1-6, but how to plan effective lessons and methods of assessment. Your experience culminates with an internship experience through which you can practically apply everything you have learned.

The program holds a Certificate of Distinction from the International Reading Association for the quality preparation in reading instruction. This Maryland Approved Program meets certification requirements in other states. Students are advised, however, to consult certification requirements in states of interest early in their study.

You’ll also receive one-on-one advising and a customized degree plan from our dedicated faculty who are committed to your success.

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What Our Faculty Say

Learn more about the Mount's education program for adult undergraduates with Chair and Director of Teacher Education Stacey Brown-Hobbs, Ph.D.

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Affordability & Financial Aid


  • $563 – Cost per credit.* No additional fees.
  • Students are accepted with a minimum of 12 credits and may transfer in up to 75 credits from a two-year institution or 90 credits from a four-year institution.
  • No application fee.

*Tuition and fees represent 2023-24 rates effective July 1, 2023. Subject to change without notice.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance may be available through federal and state funded programs, private loan providers, and employer tuition remission or reimbursement. Learn more about adult student financial aid.

Not sure if you qualify for financial aid? Learn more from our financial aid office.

Adult Student Financial Aid

As all Mount education programs are approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), successful completion of all program requirements leads to certification to teach in Maryland and states with reciprocity agreements with the MSDE. Teacher education programs are accredited through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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Get in-depth details on registration, policies, transferring credits and articulation agreements in our Academic Catalog.

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Improving young lives.

Mount graduates work for all kinds of educational organizations at the local, state and national levels, from public and private schools to state departments of education to museums and libraries and everything in between. They lend their teaching expertise to all kinds of educational positions, including:

  • Teacher
  • School Counselor
  • School Librarian
  • Curriculum Development Expert
  • Educational Administrator
  • Community Program Director

Admissions & Application

The Mount’s adult undergraduate completion degree programs are for individuals looking to apply previous college credit towards a bachelor’s degree. Admissions requirements include:

  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Students may transfer up to 75 credits from a two-year institution or 90 credits from a four-year institution.
  • Preferred: Associate of arts degree (AAT).

Application Process

  • Classes Begin: Year round.
  • Admissions: Rolling.
  • Priority Application Deadline: 4 weeks prior to start of first class.
  • No application fee.

A complete application includes:

  • Free online application; Apply in 10 minutes or less.
  • Official transcript(s) from all accredited institutions attended after high school.

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