Master of Arts in Education with Elementary/Middle/Art Certification

Post-Baccalaureate Initial Certification in Early Childhood/Elementary, Elementary, Middle School, or Art

The Masters of Arts in Education with Initial Teaching Certification is designed to provide individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree in another field the opportunity to receive a Master of Arts while obtaining teaching certification. The program requires full-time daytime participation so that students are given ample opportunity to experience and observe actual classroom teaching situations related to the specific classes they are taking. Working alongside our education professors, you will be immersed in schools, applying what you learn in university classrooms directly into school classrooms. Classes consist of a mixture of undergraduate and graduate courses and field experiences.

Maryville graduates are recognized throughout the St. Louis region as exceptional teachers and strong leaders, regardless of the school setting or subject they teach. Our award-winning program in education incorporates extensive field experiences in partner schools to give you an understanding of a broad range of student backgrounds and career options.

If you’ve already completed a bachelor’s degree, and would like to pursue teacher certification, this certification/master’s degree combination is right for you. The course of study builds on your undergraduate content degree and provides you with personalized attention to fit your needs. You have the option of choosing early childhood/elementary, elementary, middle school, or art certification, so you can move forward on a career path that’s exactly what you want. Thirty credits of graduate coursework is built into the program.  The full-time day program usually takes 2 or 2 1/2 years.

For more information contact: Penny Greene, School of Education at 314.529.9581 or by email at

Program Features

Field Experiences
Maryville has more extensive and intensive school placements than any other university, supervised by Maryville faculty, providing you many opportunities to see and practice the techniques you learn in classes.  Well-established relationships with “partner” schools throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area allow you to work under the close supervision of Maryville professors and your cooperating teachers from partner schools, recording your experiences and developing your philosophy of teaching.  All preservice teacher education programs are highly grounded in multiple, long-term field experiences in the public schools. View timeline of field experience possibilities (understanding this is modified for each program and compressed to fit in a shorter time line).

Preparation for the Changing World of Schools
Maryville’s School of Education is committed to preparing you to be a reflective teacher who is committed to the moral endeavor of schooling in a democracy. We’ll prepare you for teaching in urban, suburban and rural settings, and give you exposure to different cultures through field placements and assignments like the Street Project - for which we won the 2004 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education. You’ll work with classmates in a comprehensive study of one of the streets in St. Louis as a way to better understand the culture and backgrounds of your prospective students. It’s an impressive project that is sure to engage you with your peers and St. Louis’ schools and communities. You’ll learn to teach in a way that allows all students access to knowledge.

Portfolio Preparation
To potential employers, a portfolio – a record of your performance and accomplishments – provides key insights about who or who not to hire. We know how important this is to getting the job you want, so we provide you with assistance in preparing your portfolio. Your School of Education adviser will help you create and update this every semester to highlight your ongoing progress as a teacher.

Professional/Career Opportunities

What’s Next?
Teachers who earn their master’s degree typically earn a higher salary – at all levels – than those without a graduate degree. Because Maryville’s School of Education has national accreditation, you’ll be qualified for positions in any of the 50 states, or in English-speaking schools abroad. Elementary certification allows you to teach in early childhood centers (birth through age 5) and grades K – 6. Middle level certification allows you to teach in elementary schools in grades 5 and 6, and middle schools from grades 6 – 9. Art education certification allows you to teach in museums or in schools at all levels.

Degree Offerings and Requirements

Admission Requirements

For admission to the master’s program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. You must have maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA from your undergraduate studies; below 3.0 may apply for provisional acceptance.
  • Complete an application for admission to the program (online).
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from qualified professionals.
  • Submit the application essay to demonstrate that you have the necessary competencies for the program.
  • Transcript evaluation required (Contact Penny Greene at
  • International students must submit appropriate TOEFL scores.

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