Education Leaders

A new signature living-learning community for men and women age 16 and older in MBU’s University College. Click below to download a printable information sheet.

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Earn your bachelor’s degree and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in four years, and enter the workforce licensed in one or more high-demand areas and prepared to lead in the classroom and beyond.


Our Education Leaders program has several distinctive features:

  • Skip your senior year of high school or enter right after graduation.
  • In-depth 90-hour, 3-week, practicum experience in a local school in first year.
  • Choose from any endorsement area offered at MBU, including highly sought-after specializations such as special education, English as a Second Language, math, and sciences.
  • Earn Virginia teacher licensure that qualifies you to work as a classroom teacher in almost every state.
  • Immediate and continued access to local education professionals as well as Mary Baldwin alumni who are teaching.
  • The opportunity to live with other students in the program as well as a graduate teaching assistant in an environment that encourages sharing, collaboration, pooling resources, and problem-solving.

Grounded in the liberal arts and an inquiry and reflection instruction method, MBU’s teacher education program also boasts:

  • A higher percentage of Mary Baldwin graduates earn initial teacher licensure than from any other college in Virginia.
  • 100% of College of Education graduates find employment in their area of concentration.
  • MAT teaching partners — practicing K-12 teachers who work with Mary Baldwin professors — help students apply knowledge in the classroom.
  • Endorsements are offered in seven of the 10 top teacher shortage areas in Virginia.


How it works

  • Minimum GPA 3.3 and 1100 SAT or equivalent ACT score
  • Up to two summer courses may be required for each year enrolled in the program
  • Credit for AP and dual-enrollment coursework may reduce your number of summer sessions
  • Earn your BA and MAT in four years
  • Major options include Liberal Arts and Educational Studies to prepare for elementary endorsement and subject matter majors to prepare to teach in middle or high school
Financial benefits
  • Save on tuition by completing your undergraduate degree in three years, and your master’s in one year instead of two
  • Merit scholarship available
  • Virginia residents are eligible for the Tuition Assistance Grant as undergraduate students (2016–17 award: $3,200)


Leadership Advantage
The Leadership Advantage is our promise that every undergraduate will connect ideas with action through outstanding academics and unparalleled opportunities to apply that knowledge. By the time you graduate, you’ll be resilient, confident in your strengths, and prepared to be the architect of your life.

Founded in 1842, Mary Baldwin is a distinctive small university offering a variety of coeducational master’s and doctoral programs while remaining one of the nation’s oldest women’s colleges. At the undergraduate level, the Mary Baldwin College for Women serves students on the college’s historic main campus in downtown Staunton, Virginia, and Baldwin Online and Adult Programs serve both men and women on campus and at locations throughout Virginia. Graduate programs include health sciences, offered in a state-of the-art facility on our Fishersville campus; as well as education and Shakespeare studies available on campus and online.


  • How do I apply? There is a special application to let us know you’re interested in the Education Leaders program. You can complete the application online.
  • What are the academic requirements? Each applicant will be reviewed for high academic standards as well as a commitment to taking on additional academic and extracurricular responsibilities. As a baseline, applicants should have and be expected to maintain at least a 3.3 GPA to remain in the program. AP coursework and dual-enrollment classes are preferred, but not required.
  • What are the financial benefits? Save on tuition by completing your undergraduate degree in three years, and your master’s in one year instead of two.
  • Are summer courses required? Up to two summer courses may be required to complete the Education Leaders curriculum, which include licensure requirements and practicum, in four years. However, those who apply AP courses and dual-enrollment credits may be able to bypass some or all of the summer coursework.
  • Does the program include May Term courses? Utilizing every session of the May Baldwin academic calendar is critical to being able to complete the intense curriculum on a faster timeline.
  • Do I have to graduate in three years? We’ll give you the resources and plan to do just that, but you can choose to slow things down, study abroad, add another major, or take a different track that changes your path. Just remember that the savings and financial aid related to the Education Leaders Program may no longer apply if you don’t stick to the core program. Maintain a close relationship with your academic advisor to navigate any changes in your plan.
  • Will I be able to study abroad? May Term is the perfect opportunity for students in the Education Leaders program to study abroad and have meaningful international experiences led by MBU faculty. If a student wants a longer study abroad, it may take longer to graduate.