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 14 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.


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…).

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 current students

Michaela BuchananMichaela Buchanan ’20
Hometown: Maryville, Tenn.

Michaela decided to enroll at Maryville College because of the outstanding reputation of its educator preparation program. She plans to stay in Tennessee to teach and, because of some psychology courses she’s taken, is thinking seriously about third and fifth grades. Currently, she’s observing a fifth-grade math class at Coulter Grove Intermediate School. Next year, as a part of her Senior Study, Michaela will be compiling a large portfolio of lesson plans, which will prepare her well for that first teaching position.
“The fact that I have the chance to attend a school with such a great program is a dream come true,” she said.

Ryan LayRyan Lay ’20
Hometown: Maryville, Tenn.

Ryan was attracted to Maryville College because of its strong mathematics major and educator preparation program and was even more encouraged to enroll when he learned the program was nationally recognized. He hopes to teach math at the middle- or high-school level and coach cross country and track.
“The College does a wonderful job of giving me a strong background in my content area and in educational pedagogy. What makes this program special is the real-life and hands-on approach given to the profession, thoroughly equipping students to teach, manage and design a classroom,” he said. “The College’s focus on developing well-rounded individuals will allow me to connect with all backgrounds and reach the most students.”


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