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Elementary Education with Options in Special Education and Early Childhood Education

Elementary Education

Elementary educators engage children in meaningful learning activities across all content areas. They are responsible for preparing elementary students to think critically about a wide variety of topics. They are powerful role models who are essential to supporting each student in their learning journey.

School of Education

The undergraduate degree program 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.

Learn about the School of Education
  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Graduate Degree
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Accelerated Undergraduate
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

About the Major

Complemented by a liberal arts education in a Catholic setting, the teacher education unit of Mount St. Mary’s University develops educators who are proficient in content and pedagogy, reflective and ethical professionals dedicated to leadership in an increasingly diverse technological and global society.

Programs culminate in the earning of a Mount St. Mary’s degree. As all Mount education programs are approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), successful completion of all program requirements leads to eligibility for certification to teach in Maryland and states with reciprocity agreements with the MSDE. Students are advised, however, to consult certification requirements in states of interest early in their study. Teacher education programs are accredited through the Association for Advancing Quality Educator Preparation (AAQEP).

jenna lewaren

The School of Education set me up tremendously for my future teaching career.

Jenna Lewaren, Elementary Education
Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Germany

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Additional Options

You have the option to add special education, early childhood education, or both to your elementary education degree.

About Special Education

The elementary (1-6)/special (1-8) education certification program equips you to teach language arts, social studies, mathematics and science skillfully and effectively to students with a variety of learning needs in grades 1-6, as well as general special education in grades 1-8. The program culminates with two internships and a professional seminar, enabling you to implement the strategies you have developed in authentic classroom situations.

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About Early Childhood Education

The elementary (1-6)/early childhood (PreK-3) education certification program equips you to teach language arts, social studies, mathematics and science skillfully and effectively to students with a variety of learning needs in grades PreK-6. The program culminates with two internships and a professional seminar, enabling you to implement the strategies you have developed in authentic classroom situations.

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About Special Education / Early Childhood Education

The elementary (1-6)/special (1-8)/early childhood (PreK-3) education certification program equips you to teach language arts, social studies, mathematics and science skillfully and effectively to students with a variety of learning needs in grades PreK-6, as well as general special education in grades 1-8. The program culminates with two internships and a professional seminar, enabling you to implement the strategies you have developed in authentic classroom situations.

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About the Minor

If you’re interested in the field of education but don’t necessarily want to pursue a teaching career, or if you’d like to complement your major by studying topics that are important to educators, you may want to consider an education minor. Through these courses, you’ll gain a broad understanding of educational policies, learning theories, and the societal impacts of education, among others.

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Get a Truly Special Education

Being a teacher is a calling. And now is the perfect time to answer it. The Mount St. Mary's University elementary education program is your chance to pursue a teaching position in grades 1-6 with the option to add special education (1-8) and/or early childhood education (PreK-3). It is a program designed specifically to accommodate the schedule of a working adult, offering courses in an online synchronous format. At the end of the program, you will have earned your bachelor of science degree in education from Mount St. Mary’s University and will be a fully prepared candidate for certification in elementary education (1-6), special education (1-8), and early childhood education (PreK-3). You will have answered the call and be ready to make a difference.

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Meet Our Faculty

Barbara Marinak

Barbara Marinak

Dean of the School of Education

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Stacey Brown-Hobbs

Stacey Brown-Hobbs

Department Chair / Director of Teacher Education

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Kara Brady

Assistant Professor

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Carolyn Cook

Carolyn Cook

Professor Emerita

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Clarke Kole

Clarke Kole

Lecturer

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Angela Mucci-Guido

Director of the Center for Catholic School Excellence / Lecturer

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Michelle Ohanian

Michelle Ohanian

Associate Professor

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Patrick Ryan

Associate Professor

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Ernest Solar

Ernest Solar

Associate Professor

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