Master of Education, Initial Licensure Post Baccalaureate Pathways

The M.Ed. Post Baccalaureate Initial Teacher Licensure Program is designed for adults who have earned a bachelor’s degree, have some professional work experience, and want to obtain teaching credentials. Candidates work closely with their academic advisor to map out their individual course of study.

The primary goal of the program is to ensure that teacher candidates, through support, supervision, and evaluation, can demonstrate and apply the competencies enumerated in the Virginia Licensure Regulations and demonstrated by skillful teachers. The program requires the basic course work and field experiences prescribed by the Virginia Licensure Regulations for an initial teaching license but establishes, through advising, a personalized plan to ensure that all teaching and subject knowledge competencies are demonstrated and all standards are met.

The Initial Licensure program has three components: subject matter endorsement requirements, professional studies requirements, and M.Ed. completion requirements. Subject matter endorsement requirements are typically met prior to enrollment in the program. For example, someone who wishes to teach mathematics should have the equivalent of a mathematics major in course work or experience, or be prepared to make up the course work deficiencies. The two exceptions to this model are English as a Second Language and Special Education. Graduate-level course work is available as a part of the program to fulfill those endorsement requirements. The internship (student teaching), required for all licensure completers in the Initial Licensure Program, is a semester long field-based teaching experience in the appropriate grade level or subject area. Self-analysis and reflection on planned and implemented instruction and frequent conferences with the mentor teacher and the university supervisor are prominent aspects of the experience.  Because the internship must be a supervised experience, student teaching placements are made in schools local to the university.

There are seven distinct post-baccalaureate pathways within the M.Ed. Initial Licensure Program:

• M.Ed. Initial Licensure Post-Baccalaureate Pathway: Elementary

• M.Ed. Initial Licensure Post-Baccalaureate Pathway: Special Education General Curriculum

• M.Ed. Initial Licensure Post-Baccalaureate Pathway: Special Education Adapted Curriculum

• M.Ed. Initial Licensure Post-Baccalaureate Pathway: Secondary

• M.Ed. Initial Licensure Post-Baccalaureate Pathway: PreK—12

• M.Ed. Initial Licensure Post-Baccalaureate Pathway: Middle Grades

• M.Ed. Initial Licensure Post-Baccalaureate Pathway: PreK-12 English as a Second Language 

 

Each Pathway is described separately below.

M.Ed. Initial Licensure Post-Baccalaureate Pathway: Elementary

Candidates for licensure in Elementary Education will complete coursework and field-based experiences in preparation for teaching in PreK- 6th grade settings. Candidates for licensure in this program must possess a bachelor’s degree with a major in the liberal arts or sciences or the equivalent in training and experience. They must complete the professional studies course requirements listed below-or equivalent courses verified by a program advisor and demonstrate the competencies exhibited by skillful teachers and those required for Virginia licensure in both professional studies and content fields (English, mathematics, history/social science, arts/humanities and science). Transcript review, portfolio, PRAXIS II scores, and other forms of assessment will determine proficiency in these competencies. Candidates must be proficient in all competencies to be recommended for licensure.

Admission Requirements

The following requirements are necessary for admission to the Initial

Licensure Program:

1. A completed application;

2. An undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university;

3. Official transcripts of all undergraduate, and any graduate, course work completed;

4. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on undergraduate course work, and a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on graduate course work;

5. A résumé outlining experiences and education;

6. Demonstrate endorsement/subject knowledge competence – by transcript review, evaluation by subject specialist, PRAXIS II scores– and continued progress in fulfilling any assessed deficiencies. The student, with approval of the faculty advisor, develops an individual educational plan indicating any endorsement course/competency deficiencies and the agreed upon means of fulfilling them;

7. Passing scores on PRAXIS I — reading, writing, and mathematics– tests [or qualifying substitute (SAT, ACT, or VCLA plus math Praxis I)] must be submitted prior to admission to the graduate program;

8. An interview, as necessary; and

9. Submission of two essays.

Note: Admission to candidacy for the five-year renewable license occurs upon acceptance into EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship.

Continuance Requirements

To remain in the program, a student must:

1. Maintain good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 (B) GPA and no more than two Cs in course work, and by successfully completing all field experiences. A student must be in good standing for admission into EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship. A grade of D+ or lower in a course or C+ or lower in EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship results in dismissal from the program;

2. Demonstrate potential for teaching excellence as indicated by performance in course and field experience requirements and positive evaluations or indications of potential and growth by mentor teachers in field experience work;

Students who voluntarily interrupt their enrollment for one semester should refer to the Leave of Absence policy as presented in the “Admission and Enrollment” section of this Catalog.

Exit Requirements

The student must:

1. Complete all course work and field experiences with at least a 3.0 (B) GPA;

2. Obtain passing scores on state-required PRAXIS II tests, the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (all programs), Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention Training, and the Reading for Virginia Educators: Elementary and Special Education

3. Perform at an acceptable level in EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship, as indicated by: mentor teacher and university supervisor evaluations, successful completion of an electronic portfolio, and a final grade of B- or higher; and

4. Complete all teacher licensure requirements as verified through an exit interview with the faculty advisor or university supervisor.

Program Course Sequence

Required Graduate Courses

EDCI 500 Teaching and the Development of the Learner (3 credits)
EDCI 502 Educational Goals and Practices: Elementary (3 credits) 
EDCI 506 Foundations of American Education (3 credits)
EDCI 507 Early Literacy and Language Development (3 credits) 
EDCI 509 Language and Literacy Development (3 credits) 
EDCI 519 Managing the Classroom Experience (3 credits) 
EDCI 530 Mathematics Methods for the Elementary School (2 credits)
EDCI 531 Science Methods for the Elementary School (2 credits)
EDCI 532 Social Studies Methods for the Elementary School (2 credits)
INDT 501 Instructional Technologies (3 credits)
EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship (6 credits)
EDSE 531 Survey of Special Education: Characteristics and Legal Issues (3 credits)
TESL 514 Cross-Cultural Education (3 credits)
EDCI 540 Characteristics and Education of Gifted Students (3 credits)
EDCI 525 Mathematics Content for the Elementary Classroom (3 credits)
EDCI 589 Applied Research (3 credits)

Field experiences are embedded in the following courses: EDCI 502, 507, 509, 519

Readmission

Students who have not attended the University for three consecutive semesters must apply for readmission. Students who are readmitted are subject to the degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission. When a student is readmitted, the four-year limit from time of first admission is still in effect. Academic work that was completed more than four years before the date when the teacher licensure program is completed may not be acceptable in satisfying the licensure requirements. If a student needs additional time to complete the course work, the student must apply in writing to the department chair for an extension. Such requests must be received at least one month prior to the end of the student’s original four-year time limit.

M.Ed.Initial Licensure Post’Baccalaureate Pathway: Special Education – General Curriculum K-12

The Masters of Education program for initial licensure in Special Education: General Curriculum K-12 prepares teachers to work with students with learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, mild intellectual disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders and autism spectrum disorders. Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree and complete the professional studies and endorsement course requirements in the program and demonstrate the competencies exhibited by skillful teachers and those required for Virginia licensure in both professional studies and the endorsement area. Candidates must be proficient in all competencies to be recommended for licensure.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.Ed. program for initial licensure in Special Education: General Curriculum K-12 requires:

1. A completed application;

2. An undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university;

3. Official transcripts of all undergraduate, and any graduate, course work completed;

4. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on undergraduate course work, and a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on graduate course work;

5. A résumé outlining experiences and education;

6. Demonstrate endorsement/subject knowledge competence – by transcript review, evaluation by subject specialist, PRAXIS scores– and continued progress in fulfilling any assessed deficiencies. The student, with approval of the faculty advisor, develops an individual educational plan indicating any endorsement course/competency deficiencies and the agreed upon means of fulfilling them;

7. Passing scores on PRAXIS I—reading, writing, and mathematics—tests (or qualifying SAT or ACT scores) must be submitted prior to admission to the graduate program;

8. An interview, as necessary; and

9. Submission of two essays.

Note: Admission to candidacy for the five-year renewable license occurs upon acceptance into EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship.

Continuance Requirements

To remain in the program, a student must:

1. Maintain good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 (B) GPA and no more than two Cs in course work, and by successfully completing all field experiences. A student must be in good standing for admission into EDCI 550:Field Mentorship. A grade of D+ or lower in a course or C+ or lower in EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship results in dismissal from the program; and

2. Demonstrate potential for teaching excellence as indicated by performance in course and field experience requirements and positive evaluations or indications of potential and growth by mentor teachers in field experience work.

Students who voluntarily interrupt their enrollment for one semester should refer to the Leave of Absence policy as presented in the “Admissions and Enrollment” section of the catalog.

Exit Requirements

To be recommended for licensure, a student must:

1. Complete all course work and field experiences with at least a 3.0 (B) GPA;

2. Obtain passing scores on state-required assessments (Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment, Reading for Virginia Educators: Elementary and Special Education, Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention Training);

3. Perform at an acceptable level in EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship, as indicated by: mentor teacher and university supervisor evaluations, successful completion of an electronic portfolio, and a final grade of B- or higher; and

4. Complete all teacher licensure requirements as verified through an exit interview with the faculty advisor or university supervisor.

Program Course Sequence

Professional Studies Courses, Special Education: General Curriculum

The following professional studies courses, or their equivalents, are required of all candidates in the K-12 Special Education Program, General Curriculum:

EDCI 500 Teaching and the Development of the Learner (3 credits)*
EDCI 506 Foundations of American Education (3 credits)*
EDCI 507 Early Literacy and Language Development (3 credits)*
EDSE 512 General and Special Education Goals and Practices: Middle and Secondary (3 credits)*
EDSE 519 General and Special Education Goals and Practices: Elementary (3 credits)*
EDSE 521 Language and Literacy for Special Populations (3 credits)*
EDSE 533 Positive Approaches to Behavior Management (3 credits)*
INDT 501 Instructional Technologies (3 credits)* or INDT 531 – Emerging and Assistive Technologies (3 credits)
EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship (6 credits)*

Field experiences are embedded in the following courses: EDCI 507, EDSE 512, EDSE 519, and EDSE 521.

Endorsement Courses: Special Education General Curriculum

In addition to the professional studies course work outlined above, the following endorsement courses are required of all candidates seeking the Special Education General Curriculum endorsement:

EDSE 531 Survey of Special Education: Characteristics and Legal Issues*
EDSE 534 Assessment, Evaluation, and Instructional Planning*
EDSE 535 Collaborative Consultation and Transition Planning*
EDCI 525 Mathematics Content for the Elementary Classroom (3 credits)

The following course beyond the initial licensure professional studies course work (excluding field experience credits) and endorsement course work is required of all candidates for the M.Ed. degree.

EDCI 589 Applied Research (3 credits)

*Courses required for licensure

Readmission

Students who have not attended the University for three consecutive semesters must apply for readmission. Students who are readmitted are subject to the degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission. When a student is readmitted, the four-year limit from time of first admission is still in effect. Academic work that was completed more than four years before the date when the teacher licensure program is completed may not be acceptable in satisfying the licensure requirements. If a student needs additional time to complete the course work, the student must apply in writing to the department chair for an extension. Such requests must be received at least one month prior to the end of the student’s original four-year time limit.

M.Ed. Initial Licensure Post-Baccalaureate Pathway: Special Education – Adapted Curriculum K-12

The Masters of Education program for initial licensure in Special Education: Adapted Curriculum K-12 prepares teachers to work with students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.

Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree and complete the professional studies and endorsement course requirements in the program and demonstrate the competencies exhibited by skillful teachers and those required for Virginia licensure in both professional studies and the endorsement area. Candidates must be proficient in all competencies to be recommended for licensure.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.Ed. program for initial licensure in Special Education: Adapted Curriculum K-12 requires:

1. A completed application;

2. An undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university;

3. Official transcripts of all undergraduate, and any graduate, course work completed;

4. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on undergraduate course work, and a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on graduate course work;

5. A résumé outlining experiences and education;

6. Demonstrate endorsement/subject knowledge competence – by transcript review, evaluation by subject specialist, PRAXIS scores– and continued progress in fulfilling any assessed deficiencies. The student, with approval of the faculty advisor, develops an individual educational plan indicating any endorsement course/competency deficiencies and the agreed upon means of fulfilling them;

7. Passing scores on PRAXIS I—reading, writing, and mathematics— tests [or qualifying substitute (SAT, ACT, or VCLA plus math Praxis I)] must be submitted prior to admission to the graduate program;

8. An interview, as necessary; and

9. Submission of two essays.

Note: Admission to candidacy for the five-year renewable license occurs upon acceptance into EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship.

Continuance Requirements

To remain in the program, a student must:

1. Maintain good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 (B) GPA and no more than two Cs in course work, and by successfully completing all field experiences. A student must be in good standing for admission into EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship. A grade of D+ or lower in a course or C+ or lower in EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship results in dismissal from the program;

2. Demonstrate potential for teaching excellence as indicated by performance in course and field experience requirements and positive evaluations or indications of potential and growth by mentor teachers in field experience work;

Students who voluntarily interrupt their enrollment for one semester should refer to the Leave of Absence policy as presented in the “Admission and Enrollment” section of this Catalog.

Exit Requirements

To be recommended for licensure, a student must:

1. Complete all course work and field experiences with at least a 3.0 (B) GPA;

2. Obtain passing scores on state-required assessments (Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment, Reading for Virginia Educators: Elementary and Special Education, Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention Training);

3. Perform at an acceptable level in EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship, as indicated by: mentor teacher and university supervisor evaluations, successful completion of an electronic portfolio, and a final grade of B- or higher; and

4. Complete all teacher licensure requirements as verified through an exit interview with the faculty advisor or university supervisor.

Program Course Sequence

Professional Studies Courses, Special Education; Adapted Curriculum

The following professional studies courses, or their equivalents, are required of all candidates in the K-12 Special Education Program, Adapted Curriculum:

EDCI 500 Teaching and the Development of the Learner (3 credits)*
EDCI 506 Foundations of American Education (3 credits)*
EDCI 507 Early Literacy and Language Development (3 credits)*
EDSE 533 Positive Approaches to Behavior Management (3 credits)*
EDSE 537 Characteristics of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)*
EDSE 538 Methods for Teaching and Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)*
EDSE 539 Characteristics of Students Accessing an Adapted Curriculum (3 credits)*
EDSE 541 Goals and Practices for Students Accessing Adapted Curriculum (3 credits)*
EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship (6 credits)*
INDT 531 Emerging and Assistive Technologies (3 credits)*

Field experiences are embedded in the following courses: EDCI 507, EDSE 539, and EDSE 541.

In addition to the professional studies course work outlined above, the following endorsement courses are required of all candidates seeking the

Special Education Adapted Curriculum endorsement:

EDSE 531 Survey of Special Education: Characteristics and Legal Issues (3 credits)*
EDSE 534 Assessment, Evaluation, and Instructional Planning (3 credits)*
EDSE 535 Collaborative Consultation and Transition Planning (3 credits)*
EDSE 537 Characteristics of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)
EDSE 538 Methods for Teaching and Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)

The following course beyond the initial licensure professional studies course work (excluding field experience credits)and endorsement course work is required of all candidates for the M.Ed. degree.

EDCI 589 Applied Research (3 credits)

*Courses required for licensure

Readmission

Students who have not attended the University for three consecutive semesters must apply for readmission. Students who are readmitted are subject to the degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission. When a student is readmitted, the four-year limit from time of first admission is still in effect. Academic work that was completed more than four years before the date when the teacher licensure program is completed may not be acceptable in satisfying the licensure requirements. If a student needs additional time to complete the course work, the student must apply in writing to the department chair for an extension. Such requests must be received at least one month prior to the end of the student’s original four-year time limit.

M.Ed. Initial Licensure Post-Baccalaureate Pathway: Secondary

Candidates for licensure in this program should possess a bachelor’s degree with a major in the liberal arts or sciences or the equivalent in training and experience. They must complete the professional studies course requirements listed below—or equivalent courses verified by a program advisor—and demonstrate the competencies exhibited by skillful teachers and those required for Virginia licensure in both professional studies and content areas (the equivalent of 21 credits in one of the following areas of concentration: English, mathematics, science, and history/social sciences). Transcript review, portfolio, PRAXIS II scores, and other forms of assessment may determine proficiency in these competencies. Candidates must be proficient in all competencies to be recommended for licensure.

Admission Requirements

The following requirements are necessary for admission to the Initial Licensure Program:

1. A completed application;

2. An undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university;

3. Official transcripts of all undergraduate, and any graduate, course work completed;

4. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on undergraduate course work, and a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on graduate course work;

5. A résumé outlining experiences and education;

6. Demonstrate endorsement/subject knowledge competence – by transcript review, evaluation by subject specialist, PRAXIS scores – and continued progress in fulfilling any assessed deficiencies. The  student, with approval of the faculty advisor, develops an individual educational plan indicating any endorsement course/competency deficiencies and the agreed upon means of fulfilling them;

7. Passing scores on PRAXIS I—reading, writing, and mathematics—tests (or qualifying substitute [SAT, ACT, or VCLA plus math Praxis I)] must be submitted prior to admission to the graduate program;

8. An interview, as necessary; and

9. Submission of two essays.

Note: Admission to candidacy for the five-year renewable license occurs upon acceptance into EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship.

Continuance Requirements

To remain in the program, a student must:

1. Maintain good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 (B) GPA and no more than two Cs in course work, and by successfully completing all field experiences. A student must be in good standing for admission into EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship. A grade of D+ or lower in a course or C+ or lower in EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship results in dismissal from the program;

2. Demonstrate potential for teaching excellence as indicated by performance in course and field experience requirements and positive evaluations or indications of potential and growth by mentor teachers in field experience work;

Students who voluntarily interrupt their enrollment for one semester should refer to the Leave of Absence policy as presented in the “Admission and Enrollment” section of this Catalog.

Exit Requirements

The student must:

1. Complete all course work and field experiences with at least a 3.0 (B) GPA;

2. Obtain passing scores on state-required PRAXIS II tests, the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment, and completion of the Child Abuse and Recognition Module;

3. Perform at an acceptable level in EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship, as indicated by: mentor teacher and university supervisor evaluations, successful completion of an electronic portfolio, and a final grade of B- or higher; and

4. Complete all teacher licensure requirements as verified through an exit interview with the faculty advisor or university supervisor.

Program Course Sequence

EDCI 500 Teaching and the Development of the Learner (3 credits)
EDCI 501 Curriculum and Instruction: Secondary (3 credits)
EDCI 506 Foundations of American Education (3 credits)
EDCI 515 Literacy and Language Across the Curriculum (3 credits)
EDCI 521 Managing the Classroom Environment: Middle or Secondary (3 credits)
EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship (6 credits)
INDT 501 Instructional Technologies (3 credits)
EDSE 531 Survey of Special Education: Characteristics and Legal Issues (3 credits)
TESL 514 Cross-Cultural Education (3 credits)
EDCI 540 Characteristics and Education of Gifted Students (3 credits)
EDCI 589 Applied Research (3 credits)

And complete the (one) methods course required for the licensure area:

EDCI 552 The Teaching of Business and Information Technology (3 credits)
EDCI 553 The Teaching of English and Theatre Arts (3 credits)
EDCI 555 The Teaching of History and Social Sciences (3 credits)
EDCI 556 The Teaching of Mathematics and COmputer Science (3 credits)
EDCI 558 The Teaching of Sciences (3 credits)

Field experiences are embedded in the following courses: EDCI 501, 515 methods course (552, 553, 555, 556, or 558 

Readmission

Student who have not attended the University for three consecutive semesters must apply for readmission. Students who are readmitted are subject to the degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission. When a student is readmitted, the four-year limit from time of first admission is still in effect. Academic work that was completed more than four years before the date when the teacher licensure program is completed may not be acceptable in satisfying the licensure requirements. If a student needs additional time to complete the course work, the student must apply in writing to the department chair for an extension. Such requests must be received at least one month prior to the end of the student’s original four-year time limit.

M.Ed. Initial Licensure Post-Baccalaureate Pathway: PreK-12

Candidates for licensure in this program should possess a bachelor’s degree with a major, or the equivalent of a major in training and experience, in the endorsement sought, i.e., a major in art if they wish to teach visual arts. They must complete the professional studies course requirements listed below— or equivalent courses verified by a program advisor—and demonstrate the competencies exhibited by skillful teachers and those required for Virginia licensure in both professional studies and the endorsement subject area. Transcript review, portfolio, PRAXIS II scores, and other forms of assessment may determine proficiency in these competencies. English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement course work is offered at the university (see below). Candidates must be proficient in all competencies to be recommended for licensure.

Admission Requirements

The following requirements are necessary for admission to the Initial Licensure Program:

1. A completed application;

2. An undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university;

3. Official transcripts of all undergraduate, and any graduate, course work completed;

4. A cumulative gradepoint average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on undergraduate course work, and a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on graduate course work;

5. A résumé outlining experiences and education;

6. Demonstrate endorsement/subject knowledge competence – by transcript review, evaluation by subject specialist, PRAXIS II scores – and continued progress in fulfilling any assessed deficiencies. The student, with approval of the faculty advisor, develops an individual educational plan indicating any endorsement course/competency deficiencies and the agreed upon means of fulfilling them;

7. Passing scores on PRAXIS I—reading, writing, and mathematics—tests (or qualifying substitute [SAT, ACT, or VCLA plus math Praxis I)] must be submitted prior to admission to the graduate program;

8. An interview, as necessary; and

9. Submission of two essays.

Note: Admission to candidacy for the five-year renewable license occurs upon acceptance into EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship.

Continuance Requirements

To remain in the program, a student must:

1. Maintain good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 (B) GPA and no more than two Cs in course work, and by successfully completing all field experiences. A student must be in good standing for admission into EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship. A grade of D+ or lower in a course or C+ or lower in EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship results in dismissal from the program;

2. Demonstrate potential for teaching excellence as indicated by performance in course and field experience requirements and positive evaluations or indications of potential and growth by mentor teachers in field experience work.

Students who voluntarily interrupt their enrollment for one semester should refer to the Leave of Absence policy as presented in the “Admission and Enrollment” section of this Catalog.

EXIT REQUIREMENTS

The student must:

1. Complete all course work and field experiences with at least a 3.0 (B) GPA;

2. Obtain passing scores on state-required PRAXIS II tests, the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment, and and completion of the Child Abuse and Recognition Module;

3. Perform at an acceptable level in EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship, as indicated by: mentor teacher and university supervisor evaluations, successful completion of an electronic portfolio, and a final grade of B- or higher; and

4. Complete all teacher licensure requirements as verified through an exit interview with the faculty advisor or university supervisor.

Program Course Sequence

EDCI 500 Teaching and the Development of the Learner (3 credits)
EDCI 502 Educational Goals and Practices: Elementary (3 credits)
EDCI 506 Foundations of American Education (3 credits)
EDCI 515 Literacy and Language Across the Curriculum (3 credits)
EDCI 519 Managing the Classroom Environment: Elementary (3 credits) OR EDCI 521 Managing the Classroom Environment: Secondary (3 credits)
EDCI 538 Middle Grades Programs and Practices (4 credits)
EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship (6 credits)
INDT 501 Instructional Technologies (3 credits)
EDSE 531 Survey of Special Education: Characteristics and Legal Issues (3 credits)
TESL 514 Cross-Cultural Education (3 credits)
EDCI 540 Characteristics and Education of Gifted Students (3 credits)
EDCI 589 Applied Research (3 credits)

And complete the (one) methods course required for the licensure area:

EDCI 554 The Teaching of Foreign Language
EDCI 557 The Teaching of Music
EDCI 559 The Teaching of Visual Arts

Field experiences are embedded in the following courses: EDCI 502, 515, 519/512, 538, methods (554, 557, or 559)

Readmission

Students who have not attended the University for three consecutive semesters must apply for readmission. Students who are readmitted are subject to the degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission. When a student is readmitted, the four-year limit from time of first admission is still in effect. Academic work that was completed more than four years before the date when the teacher licensure program is completed may not be acceptable in satisfying the licensure requirements. If a student needs additional time to complete the course work,  the student must apply in writing to the department chair for an extension. Such requests must be received at least one month prior to the end of the student’s original four-year time limit.

M.Ed. Initial Licensure Post-Baccalaureate Pathway: Middle

Candidates for licensure in this program should possess a bachelor’s degree with a major in the liberal arts or sciences or the equivalent in training and experience. They must complete the professional studies course requirements listed below—or equivalent courses verified by a program advisor—and demonstrate the competencies exhibited by skillful teachers and those required for Virginia licensure in both professional studies and content areas (the equivalent of 21 credits in one of the following areas of concentration: English, mathematics, science, and history/social sciences). Transcript review, portfolio, PRAXIS II scores, and other forms of assessment may determine proficiency in these competencies. Candidates must be proficient in all competencies to be recommended for licensure.

Admission Requirements

The following requirements are necessary for admission to the Initial Licensure Program:

1. A completed application;

2. An undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university;

3. Official transcripts of all undergraduate, and any graduate, course work completed;

4. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on undergraduate course work, and a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on graduate course work;

5. A résumé outlining experiences and education;

6. Demonstrate endorsement/subject knowledge competence – by transcript review, evaluation by subject specialist, PRAXIS scores – and continued progress in fulfilling any assessed deficiencies. The student, with approval of the faculty advisor, develops an individual educational plan indicating any endorsement course/competency deficiencies and the agreed upon means of fulfilling them;

7. Passing scores on PRAXIS I—reading, writing, and mathematics— tests [or qualifying substitute (SAT, ACT, or VCLA plus math Praxis I)] must be submitted prior to admission to the graduate program;

8. An interview, as necessary; and

9. Submission of two essays.

Note: Admission to candidacy for the five-year renewable license occurs upon acceptance into EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship.

Continuance Requirements

To remain in the program, a student must:

1. Maintain good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 (B) GPA and no more than two Cs in course work, and by successfully completing all field experiences. A student must be in good standing for admission into EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship. A grade of D+ or lower in a course or C+ or lower in EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship results in dismissal from the program; and

2. Demonstrate potential for teaching excellence as indicated by performance in course and field experience requirements and positive evaluations or indications of potential and growth by mentor teachers in field experience work.

Students who voluntarily interrupt their enrollment for one semester should refer to the Leave of Absence policy as presented in the “Admission and Enrollment” section of this Catalog.

Exit Requirements

The student must:

1. Complete all course work and field experiences with at least a 3.0 (B) GPA;

2. Obtain passing scores on state-required PRAXIS II tests, the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment, and completion of the Child Abuse and Recognition Module.

3. Perform at an acceptable level in EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship, as indicated by: mentor teacher and university supervisor evaluations, successful completion of an electronic portfolio, and a final grade of B- or higher; and

4. Complete all teacher licensure requirements as verified through an exit interview with the faculty advisor or university supervisor.

Program Course Sequence

EDCI 500 Teaching and the Development of the Learner (3 credits)
EDCI 506 Foundations of American Education (3 credits)
EDCI 509 Language and Literacy Development (3 credits)
EDCI 515 Literacy and Language Across the Curriculum (3 credits)
EDCI 521 Managing the Classroom Environment: Middle or Secondary (3 credits)
EDCI 538 Middle Grades Programs and Practices (4 credits)
EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship (6 credits)
INDT 501 Instructional Technologies (3 credits)
EDSE 531 Survey of Special Education: Characteristics and Legal Issues (3 credits)
TESL 514 Cross-Cultural Education (3 credits)
EDCI 540 Characteristics and Education of Gifted Students (3 credits)
EDCI 589 Applied Research (3 credits)

And complete the (one) methods course required for the licensure area:

EDCI 553 The Teaching of English and Theatre Arts (3 credits)
EDCI 555 The Teaching of History and Social Sciences (3 credits)
EDCI 556 The Teaching of Mathematics and Computer Science (3 credits)
EDCI 558 The Teaching of Sciences (3 credits)

Field experiences are embedded in the following courses:  EDCI 509, 515, 521, 538, methods (553, 555, 556, or 558)

Readmission

Students who have not attended the University for three consecutive semesters must apply for readmission. Students who are readmitted are subject to the degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission. When a student is readmitted, the four-year limit from time of first admission is still in effect. Academic work that was completed more than four years before the date when the teacher licensure program is completed may not be acceptable in satisfying the licensure requirements. If a student needs additional time to complete the course work, the student must apply in writing to the department chair for an extension. Such requests must be received at least one month prior to the end of the student’s original four-year time limit.

M.Ed. Initial Licensure Post-Baccalaureate Pathway: Pre-K-12 English as a Second Language

English as a Second language endorsement candidates for licensure in this program should possess a bachelor’s degree, including six credits in a modern foreign language. They must complete the professional studies and endorsement course requirements listed below—or equivalent courses verified by a program advisor—and demonstrate the competencies exhibited by skillful teachers and those required for Virginia licensure in both professional studies and the endorsement subject area. Candidates must be proficient in all competencies to be recommended for licensure.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.Ed. program for initial licensure in English as a Second Language (P-12) requires:

1. A completed application;

2. An undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university;

3. Official transcripts of all undergraduate, and any graduate, course work completed;

4. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on undergraduate course work, and a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on graduate course work;

5. A résumé outlining experiences and education;

6. Passing scores on PRAXIS I—reading, writing, and mathematics— tests [or qualifying substitute (SAT. ACT, or VCLA plus math Praxis I)] must be submitted prior to admission to the graduate program;

7. An interview, as necessary; and

8. Submission of two essays.

Note: Admission to candidacy for the five-year renewable license occurs upon acceptance into EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship.

Continuance Requirements

To remain in the program, a student must:

1. Maintain good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 (B) GPA and no more than two Cs in course work, and by successfully completing all field experiences. A student must be in good standing for admission into EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship. A grade of D+ or lower in a course or C+ or lower in EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship results in dismissal from the program;

2. Demonstrate potential for teaching excellence as indicated by performance in course and field experience requirements and positive evaluations or indications of potential and growth by mentor teachers in field experience work;

Students who voluntarily interrupt their enrollment for one or more semesters should refer to the Leave of Absence policy as presented in the “Admission and Enrollment” section of this Catalog.

Exit Requirements

To be recommended for licensure, a student must:

1. Complete all course work and field experiences with at least a 3.0 (B) GPA;

2. Obtain passing scores on state-required assessments (Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment, Child Abuse and Recognition Module);

3. Perform at an acceptable level in EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship, as indicated by: mentor teacher and university supervisor evaluations, successful completion of an electronic portfolio, and a final grade of B- or higher; and

4. Complete all teacher licensure requirements as verified through an exit interview with the faculty advisor or university supervisor.

Program Course Sequence

Professional Studies Courses

The following professional studies courses, or their equivalents, are required of all candidates in the PreK-12 English as a Second Language Program:

EDCI 500 Teaching and the Development of the Learner (3 credits)
EDCI 501 Curriculum and Instruction Secondary (3 credits)
EDCI 506 Foundations of American Education (3 credits)
EDCI 519  Managing the Classroom Environment: Elementary (3 credits) OR EDCI 521 Managing the Classroom Environment: Secondary (3 credits)
INDT 501 Instructional Technologies (3 credits)
TESL 515 ESL Literacy Strategies: PreK-12 (3 credits)
TESL 530 Second Language Methods: Literacy and Language Skills (3 credits)
EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship (6 credits)

Field experiences are embedded in the following courses: EDCI 501, EDCI 519/521, and TESL 515.

English as a Second Language Endorsement Courses

Prerequisite or corequisite: six credits in a modern foreign language In addition to the 27 credits of professional studies course work outlined above, the following endorsement courses are required of all candidates seeking ESL endorsement:

TESL 500 Introduction to English Linguistics (3 credits)
TESL 511A Applied Linguistics: Grammar and Meaning (3 credits)
TESL 512 Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)
TESL 514 Cross-Cultural Education (3 credits)
TESL 531 ESL Curriculum, Assessment, and Leadership (3 credits)
EDCI 589 Applied Research

Readmission

Students who have not attended the University for three consecutive semesters must apply for readmission. Students who are readmitted are subject to the degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission. When a student is readmitted, the four-year limit from time of first admission is still in effect. Academic work that was completed more than four years before the date when the teacher licensure program is completed may not be acceptable in satisfying the licensure requirements. If a student needs additional time to complete the course work, the student must apply in writing to the department chair for an extension. Such requests must be received at least one month prior to the end of the student’s original four-year time limit.