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Elementary Education Major and Minor

The program in elementary education is designed to prepare students to teach language arts, social studies, mathematics and science in grades 1-6. This Maryland Approved Program meets certification requirements in other states. The program holds a Certificate of Distinction from the International Reading Association for the quality preparation in reading instruction. Students are advised, however, to consult certification requirements in states of interest early in their study.

Because of the specific sequence of course offerings in the program, it is necessary for students to start education courses in the freshman year, or at the latest, at the beginning of the sophomore year. Students starting education courses after that time may not be able to graduate with their class as elementary education majors.

Elementary Education Major

A Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education requires 123 credits. In addition to the University's Veritas Program curriculum, the elementary education major must complete the professional course sequence:

3 general science courses, as approved by the Department of Education (must include both a physical and biological science)

  • 3 electives, or 4 electives to form a concentration

► See a sample year-by--year course sequence
► See all education course descriptions

Elementary Education Minor

Any student in good standing at the University may minor in education. The minor consists of 18 credits, which are fulfilled by taking

Dual Majors

Elementary/Special Education

The Mount's bachelor's degree program in elementary and special education (grades 1 - 8) allows you to earn dual certification to teach in Maryland, along with your undergraduate degree, in just four years. A few additional courses may be required if you plan to teach in another state. Learn more about a dual major in elementary and special education.

Visual Arts Certification

Art Education majors not only have a deep knowledge of the visual arts, but are well prepared to teach it to others. Learn more about the art education major.

Declaration of Major and Declaration of Minor forms are available through the registrar's office.


International Reading Association logoThe International Reading Association has awarded the Certificate of Distinction for Reading Preparation to the Education Department in recognition of its quality reading instruction in preparing elementary teachers.

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