Elementary Education - 3/2 Program with B.A. in English or Psychology and M.A. Ed.

The M.A. in Education bridge program with the B.A. in Psychology or English is a program that allows for an extensive, content specific undergraduate major as well as an M.A. in Education with licensure to teach in the elementary Grades 1-6. This 5-year day program features deep, foundational general education, a full major in English or Psychology and all of the professional education for elementary licensure.

For more information: email us at hstanwich@maryville.edu or call 314.529.9542.

Program Features

Undergraduate to Graduate Bridge
Some candidates enter Maryville as undergraduates wanting to complete an academic major in English or Psychology as well as elementary education licensure. In order to capitalize on both interests, Maryville University offers the opportunity to earn both the B.A. and the M.A. in Education in a 5-year program that bridges the student through both programs and prepares them for licensure. Candidates who complete the M.A. in Education have enhanced salaries. Candidates spend 8 semesters minimum working in public school settings learning the skills necessary to produce high achievement in their students.

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 (with changes for the bridge moving experiences up one year to create a 5th year).

For more information contact: Holly Stanwich, School of Education at 314.529.9542 or by email at hstanwich@maryville.edu.

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.  As a sophomore, 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
Every teacher education student at Maryville receives assistance in preparing his or her professional portfolio, the record of his or her performances and accomplishments, beginning in the junior year.  This portfolio provides a basis for the prospective teacher’s employment.

Degree Offerings and Requirements

Admission Requirements

As a new student, you will first be accepted to your English or Psychology major and select education as a minor and be able to enroll in EDUC 100, Introduction to Schooling. Fall of your junior year, if you have a 2.70 cumulative grade point average, you’ll be eligible to enroll in the first block of professional education courses (EDUC 200, 201 and 309). During this semester, you must submit a formal application for admission to teacher education. To be eligible for admission, you must have a 2.70 cumulative GPA, a 3.0 average in professional education coursework, a satisfactory practicum evaluation and pass the CBASE standardized test. We also require an annual criminal background check and TB screening. Admission to the graduate portion of the bridge program requires an overall cululative GPA of 3.0.