Education (Licensure Program)

Marymount is one of the leading teacher education programs in the greater Washington, DC, area. Marymount alumni are teaching in public, private, Catholic, and independent schools. Marymount graduate students participate in dynamic field experiences in a variety of school settings and are prepared for the challenges in today’s classrooms.

M.Ed. programs are offered in:

  • Elementary Education with teaching licensure for grades preK-6
  • English as a Second Language with teaching licensure for grades K-12
  • Special Education, General Curriculum, with teaching licensure for grades K-12
  • Secondary Education with teaching licensure for grades 6-12

Marymount graduate students are prepared and ready to enter the teaching profession. Students have over 100 hours of field experience connected to coursework before the student teaching semester.

Marymount’s teacher preparation programs are accredited by the Division of Teacher Education and Certification of the Virginia Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

All courses are taught by full-time or adjunct faculty who have taught in the field or discipline and have a terminal degree such as a Ph.D. or Ed.D. Classes are collegial, with 25 students or fewer, which leads to meaningful engagement between students and faculty.

All programs are offered on the Main Campus in a self-paced traditional format. The Elementary and Secondary Education programs are also offered through a part-time weekend cohort at Marymount’s Reston Center. Classes in the traditional format program are scheduled in late afternoon and evening. Most students complete the Main Campus program in two to three years.


This program will prepare you to be a Virginia-licensed teacher in one of the following:

  • Elementary Education, grades PK-6
  • Secondary Education, grades 6-12 teaching Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, English, History and Social Science, Mathematics, or Physics
  • English as a Second Language, grades PK-12
  • Special Education, General Curriculum, grades K-12

Though area school systems continue to experience budget cuts, Marymount students continue to be hired as contracted teachers upon graduation, particularly in the areas of elementary education, special education, and secondary math and science.

In 2010-11, an overwhelming majority of graduates secured jobs in the metropolitan DC area, including northern Virginia.

Degree Requirements

39 credits

Many courses require field experience. See course descriptions for details.

(ED 502 and ED 503 are required as the first courses in this program, as they provide the foundation for all other courses.)

  • ED 502 Foundations of Education*
  • ED 503 Curriculum: Theory and Practice*
  • ED 508 Special Education and the Exceptional Learner*
  • ED 516 Adolescent Psychology*
  • ED 526 Cross-cultural/International Curricula or ED 565 Cross-cultural Education and the Language Arts
  • ED 537 Reading Across the Curriculum: Secondary*
  • ED 538 Secondary Teaching Methods*
  • ED 550 Research Methods
  • ED 552 Effective Classroom Management*
  • ED 554 Computers and Technology in the Classroom*
  • ED 568 Teaching English and Social Studies in Middle/ Secondary School* or ED 569 Teaching Science, Mathematics, and Computer Science in Middle/Secondary School*
  • ED 570B Student Teaching: Secondary*

*Students in the Secondary Education program who are solely interested in licensure may apply for a Virginia teaching license after successfully completing all of these courses.

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