When you study education as an undergraduate at Mary Baldwin — whether in the Residential College for Women or the Adult Degree Program — you earn your bachelor’s degree and a Virginia teacher’s license at the same time. So, in addition to the teacher education program you must complete another major of your choice. Depending on what you hope to teach and your personal interests, there are a number of majors that will serve you well as you prepare to be a classroom teacher. Below are some suggestions to explore based on our experience and the Virginia Department of Education licensing requirements.
Your advisor will help you not only with your choice of a major, but also with choosing electives that help you prepare for the teaching profession. Be sure to consult with your advisor! If your advisor is not an education faculty member, you are encouraged to work with a member of the education faculty regularly for advice regarding the teacher education program.
Elementary Education PK-6: Liberal arts and educational studies, a major designed with the future elementary or special education teacher in mind, is a top choice. Or you might choose to major in one of the main Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) content areas such as English, mathematics, history, American Studies, or one of the sciences. We offer a biology major with a science education emphasis.
Middle Education 6-8: American studies is also a good option especially if you want to teach English or Social Studies. Mathematics, history, English, political science, or a natural science are excellent choices.
Secondary Education 6-12:
Your choice of a major should be closely linked to the area you want to teach.
Special Education K-12: Students pursuing a license in special education are encouraged to consider the liberal arts and educational studies major.
I wouldn’t trade my time spent at Mary Baldwin for anything. My courses at MBC prepared me for my teaching career better than I could have ever imagined. Through partnerships with the local public schools I was able to put into practice the methods I was learning through my practicums. But what made my experience truly unique were the relationships I formed with my professors. Their encouragement and support continues as I start my career.