Message from the Dean

Welcome to the College of Education at the University of Mary Washington. I am thrilled that you are interested in joining the teaching profession! Mary Washington was founded as a teaching college and continues to be a force in training educators for the modern classroom. We will be moving into our brand-new home for the College of Education – Seacobeck Hall – late in the fall 2021, and offering courses in our state-of-the-art classrooms, makerspace, and curriculum lab in the spring. Faculty, staff, and students are all excited to teach, learn, and build community in our new home with brand new furniture and equipment. It will be an exciting year!

We implemented our newly revised undergraduate education programs in the fall of 2020. Whether you want to be an elementary, secondary (social studies, English, math, science, computer science), PK-12 (foreign language, music, theater arts, visual arts) or special education teacher, you will earn your degree with a teaching license in four years. You will benefit from extensive, clinical experiences in schools, and a curriculum to prepare you to meet the needs of all of your students, including English learners, and students with disabilities. You will also be immersed in a Teaching Lab in the fall of your senior year to hone your skills as an educator before completing your full-time teaching internship during the spring of your senior year. In the College of Education at UMW, you will have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of your students early and often.

College of Education students at Mary Washington are top notch. Every year we have a number of alumni named Teachers of the Year in their schools, and school divisions. In four of the last six years, we have had alumni awarded Fulbright Teaching Awards. Additionally, for twelve consecutive years, Mary Washington has been in the top 25 list of small schools producing Peace Corps Volunteers.  There is a strong culture of service at UMW; our students are deeply committed to making a positive difference in the world.

For additional information regarding programs in the College of Education, visit If you have questions, please send me an email and let me know how I can help. We want you to join us at UMW.  The world needs more great teachers.


Dr. Pete Kelly

Professor & Dean

College of Education

University of Mary Washington