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. As you consider your future plans, I want you to understand our teacher preparation programs in the College of Education at Mary Washington.

We will implement our newly revised, state of the art, 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. If you want to teach elementary students, you will major in education. For those who want to teach secondary or Pre-K-12, you will major in the discipline you plan to teach. If you are interested in being a special education teacher, you will choose a major and then take licensure courses as you move through the program. Students in elementary, secondary and Pre-K-12 education can also be prepared to get an endorsement in special education in four years at UMW.

For all students in our programs, you will benefit from extensive, practical clinical experiences in schools, and a curriculum developed 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