Master of Education

Mary Baldwin University added a Master of Education program in 2009 as an opportunity for professional educators to enhance their careers. Whether you are already licensed and teaching in a K-12 classroom or working in another position related to the field of education — such as a museum educator or nature center interpreter — our endorsement areas invite you to specialize in one of eight areas of emphasis that distinguish our program from others around the country:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis: Examines the principles of learning and behavior and explores their effective use in applied settings such as schools, hospitals, mental health settings, and in business.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders: This concentration is tailored to health services professionals and parents who work with and provide support to individuals with ASD in schools and in the greater community.
  • Elementary Education: Make an early impression. This concentration is for existing teachers who want to complete endorsement requirements for Elementary Education PK-6.
  • English as a Second Language: Designed for practicing teachers who wish to add the ESL credential to their current teaching license, this emphasis addresses one of the fastest-growing needs in today’s classrooms.
  • Environment-Based Learning: Reading on the River and Math in the Garden are just a few of the courses that encourage teachers to take their lessons outdoors in this groundbreaking curriculum.
  • Gifted Education: Mary Baldwin’s unique Program for the Exceptionally Gifted demonstrates the importance of encouraging gifted students’ potential.
  • Higher Education: Prepare for work as a student affairs professional, personnel management , admissions professional or other mid-level leadership positions  in higher education. Learn how to work with adult learners as an educational practitioner in organizations.
  • Leadership: An obvious asset for those in school administrative positions, leadership in the classroom is essential for any educator.
  • Reading Education: There is a nationwide need to improve the reading outcomes of students. Enhance your knowledge and practice of literacy instruction with this highly-marketable degree that prepares reading teachers and literacy coaches.
  • Special Education: Special education teachers are perpetually in high demand, and intense preparation helps them address challenges in the classroom.

Fast-track option: Learn more about the BA/MEd program.


Education courses vary in format — some are completely online, some meet in-person a few times throughout a semester with coursework online (hybrid), and others meet on a regular basis. You and your advisor will work together to craft a plan that meets your needs.

Mary Baldwin University education courses are available on-site in five locations:

  • Main campus in Staunton
  • Charlottesville
  • Richmond
  • Roanoke
  • South Boston


Complete an online application.
Deadlines for applications are as follows: Fall – July 31, Spring – November 15, Summer – April 15.

Prospective students are encouraged to meet with an education advisor and/or attend an orientation session in the most convenient regional location to review admission requirements and determine the best plan of study. 

You will need:

  • A personal statement telling us why you are interested in teaching
  • Official college transcripts (Please note: a minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required)
  • Two letters of recommendation