Why Study Education at MC?

Maryville College has a long and proud tradition of preparing teachers who demonstrate and promote excellence in teaching and learning. If you are considering a professional career in teaching, we offer 18 areas of licensure. Our program prepares new teachers for the demands of the 21st-century classroom through extensive field-based experiences, essential coursework in the teaching area supported by professional education courses, and project-based learning designed in partnership with local school administrators and teachers.

**If you already hold an undergraduate degree and want to teach, we offer post-baccalaureate options for all areas of licensure. Post-bac programs are individualized programs of study and are impacted by previous coursework completion. Please contact our office for more information.


Teaching Grades K-5

The Child Development and Learning with Teacher Licensure option prepares students for the demands of teaching in the elementary grades (Kindergarten-5th). Students completing this program of study develop expertise and understanding of developmental theories, problem solving utilizing the scientific method, and other essential understandings (behavioral, psychological, socio-cultural…) related to teaching and learning. The professional education component of this program focuses on those skills and competencies critical to the success of a new teacher (lesson design, classroom management, assessment, teaching pedagogy…).

Meet a current student

Molly Ridgeway ’18
Hometown: Florence, Ala.

Leading a mission trip to the Jamaican Deaf School in 2015 was just one more experience Molly has had while a student at MC that is building her confidence in teaching. The others include relevant coursework, hours of classroom observation and immersion, and faculty encouragement. “Maryville College has prepared me by being so supportive about teaching with my disability,” she said. “I have a speech disorder in which I cannot talk. I didn’t think I was going to be able to teach, but the professors in the Education Department have put their faith in me. When I graduate, I want to attend a master’s program in Special Education while teaching my first job.”


Teaching Grades 6-12

We offer several areas of licensure for those interested in teaching at the high school level. Each program prepares students for the demands of teaching a specific content area. Students completing a program of study for teaching in the secondary grades 6-12 develop expertise and understanding of a specific content area. The professional education component of this program focuses on those skills and competencies critical to the success of a new teacher (lesson design, classroom management, assessment, teaching pedagogy…).

Meet a current student

Morgan Strain ’17
Hometown: Athens, Ala.

Morgan’s passion for history stems from childhood, when family vacations meant trips to historical landmarks and battlefields. She’ll be able to share that passion with young students after earning teacher certifications in history and economics. “The faculty members in both the Education Department and the History Department have really prepared me for life after graduation,” she said. “Dr. [Terry] Simpson is always so eager to recommend techniques for the integration of historical texts in the classroom. He is always happy to help all of his students because he has been a classroom teacher and is passionate about educating America’s children.”


Do you want to teach in grades P-12/K-12?

We offer several areas of licensure for those interested in teaching special topics designed for all grade levels. Each program prepares students for the demands of teaching a specific content area. Students completing a program of study for teaching in the grades P-12/K-12 develop expertise and understanding of a specific content area. The professional education component of this program focuses on those skills and competencies critical to the success of a new teacher (lesson design, classroom management, assessment, teaching pedagogy…).

External Relationships

Alcoa City Schools
Blount County Schools
Clayton-Bradley STEM Academy
Maryville City Schools