M.S. in Elementary Education

**New admittance into the 5-year programs will be discontinued starting Fall 2020.  Please refer to our new 4-year programs


The Master of Science (M.S.) in Elementary Education is a combined five year undergraduate-graduate degree program (bachelors + masters + teaching license) for students who are pursuing licensure at the elementary (PreK-6) level. Students in this program may declare any undergraduate major. The College of Education offers, as electives, courses designed to prepare the liberal arts student to meet the requirements for licensure as a teacher.


You may choose any undergraduate major for this program.


Students complete education course work and field experience at the undergraduate level at the University of Mary Washington; graduate with their class, receiving their bachelor’s degree with a liberal arts or sciences major; and return for an additional year during which they complete graduate education course work, an internship and a research study.

Clinical Experiences

During their undergraduate studies, students in the M.S. program complete multiple practicum experiences that are integrated with education courses. These practicum placements are designed to give students experiences in a variety of schools working with diverse student populations. During the master’s year, students complete two supervised field placements. The fall placement entails 15 hours per week for 13 weeks in a classroom working alongside a mentor teacher. In the spring placement, students are in the classroom full time with a mentor teacher. For both fall and spring placements, students are assigned a University supervisor from the UMW faculty.


Testing Information

Program Policies: Graduate Program Catalog

Questions about the this program, contact:

Dr. April Brecht
Director of Advising Center Services
Phone: (540) 286-8032
Email: abrecht@umw.edu

Dr. John Broome
Program Director for Elementary, PreK-12 and Secondary
Phone:  (540) 654-1352
Email: jbroome@umw.edu