Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Licensure Options (with suggested majors)

When you study education as an undergraduate at Mary Baldwin — whether in the Residential College for Women or the Baldwin Online and Adult Programs — 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
American Studies
Middle School Education English (English)
Middle School Education Math (Math)
Middle School Education Science (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics)
Middle School Education Social Studies (History, Political Science, or Economics)
Secondary Education English (English)
Secondary Education Math (Math)
Secondary Education History & Social Science (History or Political Science)
Secondary Education Biology (Biology)
Secondary Education Chemistry (Chemistry)
Secondary Education Physics (Physics)
Secondary Education Business (Business)
Special Education General Curriculum K-12 (Liberal Arts & Educational Studies, American Studies, or Psychology)
Foreign Language French K-12 (French)
Foreign Language Spanish K-12 (Spanish)
Art PK-12 (Art History or Studio Art)
Music PK-12 (Music)
English as a Second Language
(starting Fall 2015 – available as an “add-on” endorsement
or concurrently with another endorsement of the student’s choice)
Anna Lauth
I wouldn’t trade my time spent at Mary Baldwin for anything. My courses at Mary Baldwin 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.
–Anna Lauth ’09 teaches middle school English, science, and social studies in an alternative high school.