College of Education
Mary Gendernalik-Cooper, Dean
Undergraduate students at the university may choose to enter a five-year undergraduate-graduate program. The College of Education offers the Master of Science in Elementary Education and the Master of Education Five Year Initial Pathway Program. Students complete education course work and field experiences at the undergraduate level, graduate with a bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts or sciences major, and return for one more year during which they complete graduate education course work, an internship, and a research study. Throughout the program, students gain experiences and skills in monitoring their own professional growth through research, reflection, and problem solving. Most of the courses require students to complete field experiences in the public schools.
The College of Education offers a post-baccalaureate initial teacher licensure program designed for adults who have earned a bachelor’s degree. Candidates may elect to pursue initial licensure to complete the requirements for the Master of Education. Programs available prepare students for licensure in Elementary Education (PreK-6), Middle Education (6-8), at the secondary levels (6-12) in each of the following areas: Computer Science, English, History and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, Vocational Education, Business and Information Technology; PreK-12 Endorsements in English as a Second Language, Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish, and Latin), Music Education (Instrumental, Vocal/Choral), Visual Arts and Special Education, K-12 General Curriculum or Adapted Curriculum. In addition, the College offers a Master of Education degree for practicing teachers who already possess initial licensure and are seeking continuing professional development, master’s level licensure, or endorsements in teaching or administration. The M.Ed. for professional development programs include Diverse Student Populations, Educational Leadership, English as a Second Language, Literacy Specialist, and Special Education. Students enrolling in any of these programs must possess a collegiate professional or postgraduate professional Virginia license.
The College also offers graduate-level endorsement pathways in Educational Leadership, Literacy Specialist, Teaching English as a Second Language, and Special Education. Graduate-level programs for professional development are offered in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language and Teaching Students with Autism and an endorsement pathway is offered in Gifted Education.