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Teacher Education Studies includes coursework and practica that lead to initial licensure in Virginia. Areas of concentration include the following:
Elementary Education (preK-6) is designed to assist individuals in obtaining a degree (M.T.) and initial licensure. This program can also assist individuals in adding additional endorsements (e.g., Algebra I, ESOL) to their credentials.
Foreign Language Education (K-12) studies include preparation in pedagogy, as well as advanced course work in one or more languages and practical teaching experiences in schools under the supervision of University personnel. Students applying to the MT program in foreign languages are required to take speaking and writing proficiency tests in their target language, and admission to the program is contingent upon the results of these tests. For graduation, the satisfactory proficiency score is Advanced Low (American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language Scale). Students who score below that rating on the diagnostic test will be expected to develop a plan of action to improve their language skills and retake the test as needed.
Health and Physical Education (Kinesiology) is a K-12 program that prepares students to work across grade levels. Those who enter the program with a degree in kinesiology can complete the program in two years; otherwise, completion time is three years.
Secondary Education programs include English education, mathematics education, science education, and social studies education. Program completers are prepared to work with students in grades 6-12. Like elementary majors, secondary majors frequently add endorsements (e.g., ESOL) to strengthen their credentials.
English Education enables students to build on their undergraduate English studies as they investigate the social and psychological context for teaching English at the secondary level, explore concepts of curriculum and instructional models, and pursue in-depth study of effective methodologies for teaching language, literature, and writing. The program involves practicum experience, emphasizes an integrated conceptualization of secondary English curriculum, and stresses the importance of multicultural awareness in all aspects of planning and instruction. Opportunities exist for individual direction, both within course parameters and in independent study. Study also includes graduate courses in English. The prerequisite for admission is a B.A. in English or the equivalent.
Mathematics Education prepares prospective teachers of mathematics by building on students’ undergraduate mathematics studies. Studies include preparation in pedagogy and technology, as well as advanced course work in mathematics and practical teaching experiences in the schools under the supervision of University personnel.
Science Education provides preparation in science and science teaching methods. Graduates are eligible for initial licensure and endorsement in a particular area of science.
Social Studies Education prepares prospective teachers to work with students in middle and high school settings. In addition to prerequisite content-area requirements, students are expected to complete field placements and coursework required by the VDOE.
Special Education offers two options. Those focusing on Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) prepare to staff and lead educational programs that serve young children birth through age five with a range of risk and disability conditions. Students who pursue General Special Education studies prepare to serve students with mild to moderate disabilities in a variety of settings such as inclusion classrooms, modified resource rooms, and self-contained programs. Emphasis is placed on collaboration, evidence-based instructional practices, instructional accommodations, behavior management, and assessment strategies. Students in General Special Education must complete requirements for a second endorsement (elementary education, a secondary education content area, or ESL).