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Online Adult Undergraduate Degree in 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.

Designed for the Working Adult

Courses are offered year-round in an online synchronous format. Class schedules do not compete with work schedules; however, field and internship requirements may require teacher candidates to take time off from work.

School of Education

The online 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

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).

Additional Options

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

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What Our Faculty Say

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

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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.

Want to see a degree plan for elementary education / special education / early childhood education?

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Affordability & Financial Aid

  • 2023-24 tuition rates effective July 1, 2023 - $563 per credit*
  • 2024-25 tuition rates effective July 1, 2024 - $570 per credit*
  • 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 is subject to change without notice. Learn more about tuition and fees.

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

All initial and advanced education programs in the School of Education are approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and are nationally accredited with commendations by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).

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

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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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Questions?

For questions about the Adult Undergraduate Degree in Elementary Education, contact:

Brandi Weddle
AUG/MAT Admissions Coordinator
School of Education
b.n.weddle@msmary.edu