Elementary Education (M.Ed.)

This program is designed for those who have a strong liberal arts undergraduate or graduate degree and who wish to earn licensure to teach in the elementary setting (grades PK-6). For Virginia licensure, individuals must provide evidence of a wide range of general studies competencies in undergraduate coursework and a course in human growth and development.

The M.Ed. in elementary education is available at Marymount’s Arlington locations with classes held on the main campus and some classes offered at the Ballston Center. The program is also offered in a weekend cohort format (contact theWeekend Coordinator for more information), and through Marymount’s Professional Development Schools (PDS) partnership with  Fairfax county public schools.

Degree Requirements

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

(ED 500 and ED 509 are required as the first courses in this program, as they provide the foundation for all other courses.)

  • ED 500 Foundations of Education & the Teaching Profession
  • ED 509 Special Education: Foundations and Characteristics of Exceptional Learners*
  • ED 551 Instruction and Assessment
  • ED 552 Effective Classroom Management#
  • ED 554 Educational Technology 
  • ED 555 Literacy for Diverse Learners: Grades PK-2
  • ED 556 Literacy for Diverse Learners: Grades 3-6
  • ED 557 Social Studies and the Visual Arts
  • ED 558 Elementary Math Methods
  • ED 559 Elementary Science Methods
  • ED 570E Student Teaching#
* A course in life span and development - preK through adolescence - is required before or injunction with ED 509.
#ED 552 and ED 570A must be taken at the same time.
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