A Bachelor's Degree for Working Adults

The elementary education / special education dual certification major equips you to handle the challenges of teaching language arts, social studies, mathematics and science to students with a variety of learning needs in grades 1-6, as well as general special education to grades 1-8. The program culminates with two internships and a professional seminar, enabling you to practice the skills you’ve developed in real-world situations.

While in the elementary education / special education dual certification program, you’ll learn not only how to teach topics such as reading, writing and mathematics, but also how to best plan your lessons, as well as the purpose and methods of assessment. Additionally, you’ll gain an understanding of how to appropriately manage and teach children requiring additional support.

This dual certification will not only enable you to handle greater responsibilities in the classroom, it will also provide greater career advancement opportunities due to your increased range of teaching abilities.

This Maryland Approved program meets certification requirements in other states. The program holds a Certificate of Distinction from the International Literacy Association for the quality preparation in reading instruction. Students are advised, however, to consult certification requirements in states of interest early in their study.

As a student in the Mount’s adult undergraduate education program you will:

  • Attend convenient classes. Meet part-time one night per week and/or weekends during the academic year and twice per week during the summer.
  • Finish at your own pace. Core courses are offered year round in accelerated 5- and 8-week sessions. Take the courses you need at your convenience.
  • Receive specialized support for adult students. One-on-one advising and a customized degree plan are available and encouraged for all students.

Mount St. Mary’s University’s Frederick Campus invites you to our new Wednesdays with the Mount series where you can make a virtual appointment with an advisor. All your transfer questions can be answered from 12 – 1 p.m. or 2 – 4 p.m. through a Zoom session every other Wednesday through January 6 (no meetings will be available over the holidays).

Find our more about our adult undergraduate elementary education / special education degree and the admissions process.

Your degree path is unique based on your career and prior education. Complete the form to have an advisor contact you to map out the best path forward.

What Our Faculty Say

Learn more about the Mount’s education / special education program for adult undergraduates with Chair and Director of Teacher Education Stacey Brown-Hobbs, Ph.D.

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Affordability

$540
Cost per credit.* No additional fees.

  • Students are accepted with a minimum of 12 credits and may transfer in up to 75 credits from a two-year institution or 90 credits from a four-year institution
  • No application fee

Financial Aid
Financial assistance may be available through federal and state funded programs, private loan providers, and employer tuition remission or reimbursement. Request information to learn more.

*Tuition and fees represent 2020-21 rates which go into effect July 1, 2020. Subject to change without notice.

Admissions Requirements

The Mount’s adult undergraduate completion degree programs are for individuals looking to apply previous college credit towards a bachelor’s degree.

Admissions requirements include:

  • 3+ years of professional work experience
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum of 12 transferable credits from an accredited two or four-year institution. Students may transfer up to 75 credits from a two-year institution or 90 credits from a four-year institution.
  • Preferred: Associate of arts degree (AAT)

Application Process

Classes Begin: Year round
Admissions: Rolling
Priority Application Deadline: 4 weeks prior to start of first class
No application fee

A complete application includes:

  • Free online application; Apply in 10 minutes or less
  • Official transcript(s) from all accredited institutions attended after high school
Start Your Free Application Today

Apply Here

Affordability

Affordability

$540
Cost per credit.* No additional fees.

  • Students are accepted with a minimum of 12 credits and may transfer in up to 75 credits from a two-year institution or 90 credits from a four-year institution
  • No application fee

Financial Aid
Financial assistance may be available through federal and state funded programs, private loan providers, and employer tuition remission or reimbursement. Request information to learn more.

*Tuition and fees represent 2020-21 rates which go into effect July 1, 2020. Subject to change without notice.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

The Mount’s adult undergraduate completion degree programs are for individuals looking to apply previous college credit towards a bachelor’s degree.

Admissions requirements include:

  • 3+ years of professional work experience
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum of 12 transferable credits from an accredited two or four-year institution. Students may transfer up to 75 credits from a two-year institution or 90 credits from a four-year institution.
  • Preferred: Associate of arts degree (AAT)
Application Process

Application Process

Classes Begin: Year round
Admissions: Rolling
Priority Application Deadline: 4 weeks prior to start of first class
No application fee

A complete application includes:

  • Free online application; Apply in 10 minutes or less
  • Official transcript(s) from all accredited institutions attended after high school
Start Your Free Application Today

Apply Here