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School of Education

Marymount University’s professional programs leading to teaching licensure are dedicated to the mission: preparing education leaders for diverse learning communities. The three tenets comprising the conceptual framework — critical thinker, effective practitioner, and caring professional — synergistically interact. The foundation for our professional programs are knowledge of the learner and learning, content, instructional practice, and professional responsibility. All courses and experiences are designed to achieve this mission.

Upon successful completion of the teacher education program, students will be able to

  • create evidence-based lesson plans;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the curriculum by creating lesson plans that integrate higher-order thinking skills;
  • plan for differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all learners; and
  • align instructional objectives to a variety of assessments.

Through a variety of programs, Marymount undergraduate students may earn Virginia licensure in elementary, secondary, and special education. Undergraduates major in elementary education, special education, or an appropriate content discipline and complete their teacher licensure program requirements as outlined. All programs are designed to prepare graduates to enter the job market as beginning professionals in their respective fields. Undergraduate students also have the option of majoring in education without seeking licensure. 

Students seeking teaching licensure reserve one semester for the student-teaching experience. This experience is a 14-week, full-time placement. Student teaching is the culmination of the Marymount teacher education program and reflects the degree to which a student will be effective as a classroom teacher. See complete information about application procedures below.

All Marymount University teacher education programs are approved by the Virginia Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Program requirements are subject to revision based on changes in the licensure requirements set forth by the Commonwealth of Virginia.