Master of Education, Initial Licensure 5-Year Pathways

Undergraduate Admission

For Undergraduate Admission and permission to take the first education course, EDUC 203 or 204, current UMW students must have attained a cumulative 2.5 GPA or better in at least 12 UMW credits, have submitted passing scores on Praxis Core or qualifying equivalent assessments, completed the Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention Training, and have attended a Group Information Session. Applications for admission are due the semester prior to enrollment in EDUC 203 or 204; application deadlines are posted on the College of Education website.

Transfer students who have a 3.25 GPA, have submitted passing scores on Praxis Core or qualifying equivalent assessments may apply to take EDUC 203 or 204 in their first semester at UMW. They should submit their application for EDUC 203 or 204 by the application deadlines posted on the College of Education website.

5-Year Pathways Provisional Admission

A student making application to the UMW 5-Year Initial Licensure Pathways who has satisfied all admission requirements with the exception of passing scores on the Praxis Core or one of the qualifying substitutes may be admitted provisionally to the degree program and be permitted to enroll in EDUC 203 or EDUC 204.

The student will be limited to 9 credit hours (including EDUC 203 or 204) prior to submission of:

  • passing scores for the Praxis Core, or
  • passing scores for the VCLA plus a passing score on the Math Praxis Core, SAT or ACT.

A provisionally admitted student will receive a letter outlining requirements for continued enrollment. Upon submission of the passing score reports, the student may be formally admitted to the degree program. After successfully completing EDUC 203 or 204 students are (1) assigned an education advisor, and (2) placed in a professional studies cohort that is determined by the year they will complete the program. Students are required to attend cohort advising session.

Continuance Requirements (Undergraduate)

To continue in the program, students must do the following:

1. maintain good academic standing with an overall GPA of 2.5 or better;

2. achieve a GPA of 3.0 or better on the required professional education courses;

3. be current on all Professional Clearances;

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

5. attend all mandatory cohort advising meetings

Graduate Admission

Students who apply for the fifth or graduate year of the M.Ed. should submit their application for Graduate Admission in their final year of undergraduate study by the date posted on the College of Education website.

To receive Graduate Admission to the program, students must do the following:

1. continue to meet the criteria listed for program continuation;

2. successfully complete required undergraduate course work;

3. receive a baccalaureate degree from UMW; and

4. pass Praxis II and the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment.

Requirements for Degree Completion and Licensure

Successful completion of the program and recommendation for licensure to the Virginia Department of Education are contingent upon:

1. completion of all degree requirements (undergraduate and graduate);

2. a grade of B (including B+, B, or B-) or better in all graduate coursework;    minimum 3.0 (B) or higher overall cumulative GPA must be earned in order to graduate; a grade of C+ or lower in a course or internship results in suspension from the program; and

3. achieving passing scores on all licensure examination and the Child Abuse Recognition Intervention Module and certification or training in emergency first aid, CPR and use of the automated external defibrillators as required by the Virginia State Board of Education.

 Pathways

There are four distinct five-year pathways within the M.Ed. Initial Licensure Program. Program requirements for each pathway are described below.

M.Ed. Initial Licensure Five Year Pathway: PreK-12

M.Ed. Initial Licensure Five Year Pathway: Secondary

M.Ed. Initial Licensure Five Year Pathway: Special Education Adapted Curriculum

M.Ed. Initial Licensure Five Year Pathway: Special Education General Curriculum

Each is described below.


M.Ed. Initial Licensure Five Year Pathway: PreK-12

The M.Ed. Initial Teacher Licensure 5-Year Pathway: PreK-12 is a combined undergraduate-graduate degree program designed for students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the College of Arts and Sciences and who also wish to obtain teaching credentials. Students must complete general education requirements, a liberal arts or sciences major, and professional studies (education course work) requirements. The program requires the course work and field experiences prescribed by the Virginia Licensure Regulations for an initial teaching license. Students complete education course work and field experiences at the undergraduate level and graduate with their class receiving their bachelor’s degree with a liberal arts or sciences major. Students return for their graduate year of study beginning the summer term after completing the undergraduate degree.

The M. Ed. Initial Teacher Licensure 5-Year Pathway: PreK-12 is designed for the following licensure areas where endorsement is for grades preK-12: Visual Arts, Foreign Language (French, German, Latin, Spanish), Music, and Theatre Arts.

Program Course Sequence

Required Undergraduate Courses

EDUC 203 or EDUC 204 Introduction to Teaching and Learning: Secondary and PreK-12 (3 credits)
EDUC 351 Instructional Design and Assessment (4 credits)

EDUC 387 Introduction to Special Education: Elementary (3 credits)
or EDUC 384 Introduction to Special Education: Secondary (3 credits)

EDUC 388 Managing the Elementary Classroom (2 credits)
or EDUC 385 Managing the Secondary Classroom (2 credits)

EDUC 420D The Professional Teacher and Critical Issues in Education (3 credits)

One of the following four courses:

EDUC 453 The Teaching of English and Theatre Arts (3 credits)
EDUC 454 The Teaching of Foreign Language (3 credits)
EDUC 457 The Teaching of Music (3 credits)
EDUC 459 The Teaching of Visual Arts (3 credits)

Required Graduate Courses

INDT 501 Instructional Technology (3 credits)
EDCI 515 Literacy and Language Across the Curriculum (3 credits)
EDUC 521 Educational Research Methods (2 credits)
EDUC 530 Masters Research (3 credits)
EDUC 531 Introduction to Research (3 credits)
EDUC 535 Advanced Pedagogy (3 credits)
EDUC 536 Advanced Pedagogy Internship (5 credits)
EDUC 540 Initial Licensure Internship (12 credits)
EDUC 541 Secondary and PreK-12 Graduate Internship Seminar (1 credit)

M.Ed. Initial Licensure Five Year Pathway: Secondary

The M.Ed. Initial Teacher Licensure 5-Year Pathway: Secondary is a combined undergraduate-graduate degree program designed for students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the College of Arts and Sciences and who also wish to obtain teaching credentials. Students must complete general education requirements, a liberal arts or sciences major, and professional studies (education course work) requirements. The program requires the course work and field experiences prescribed by the Virginia Licensure Regulations for an initial teaching license. Students complete education course work and field experiences at the undergraduate level; graduate with their class receiving their bachelor’s degree with 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.

The M. Ed. Initial Teacher Licensure 5-Year Pathway: Secondary is designed for the following licensure areas where endorsement is for grades 6-12: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Earth Science, History and Social Science, Mathematics, and Physics. Add-on endorsements are offered in Journalism, Speech Communication, and Algebra I.

Program Course Sequence

Required Undergraduate Courses

EDUC 204 Introduction to Teaching and Learning: Secondary and PreK-12 (3 credits)
EDUC 351 Instructional Design and Assessment (4 credits)
EDUC 384 Introduction to Special Education: Secondary (3 credits)
EDUC 385 Managing the Secondary Classroom (2 credits)
EDUC 420D The Professional Teacher and Critical Issues in Education (3 credits)

One of the following four courses:

EDUC 453 The Teaching of English and Theatre Arts (3 credits)
EDUC 455 The Teaching of History and Social Sciences (3 credits)
EDUC 456 The Teaching of Mathematics and Computer Science (3 credits)
EDUC 458 The Teaching of Sciences (3 credits)

Required Graduate Courses

INDT 501 Instructional Technology (3 credits)
EDCI 515 Literacy and Language Across the Curriculum (3 credits)
EDUC 521 Educational Research Methods (2 credits)
EDUC 530 Masters Research (3 credits)
EDUC 531 Introduction to Research (3 credits)
EDUC 535 Advanced Pedagogy (3 credits)
EDUC 536 Advanced Pedagogy Internship (5 credits)
EDUC 540 Initial Licensure Internship (12 credits)
EDUC 541 Secondary and PreK-12 Graduate Internship Seminar (1 credit)

Master of Education Initial Licensure Program 5-Year Pathway – Special Education: Adapted Curriculum

The College of Education offers a five-year undergraduate-graduate degree program for initial teacher licensure in Special Education: Adapted Curriculum, designed for students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the College of Arts and Sciences and who also wish to obtain teaching credentials.  Each candidate must complete general education requirements, a liberal arts or sciences major, and professional studies (education course work) requirements. Students will enroll in a series of professional studies courses in Education as components of the undergraduate program and complete the remaining licensure course work as part of the Masters degree.

Program Course Sequence

Required Undergraduate Courses

EDUC 203 Introduction to Learning and Teaching Elementary (3 credits)
or EDUC 204 Introduction to Learning and Teaching Secondary (3 credits)

EDUC 371 Language Development and Literacy Instruction: Primary (3 credits)
EDUC 420D The Professional Teacher and Critical Issues in Education (3 credits)
EDSE 303 Understanding Autism (3 credits)
EDSE 390 Survey of Special Education: Characteristics and Legal Aspects (3 credits)

Required Graduate Courses

EDCI 500 Teaching and the Development of the Learner (3 credits)*
EDSE 533 Positive Approaches to Behavior Management (online option) (3 credits)
EDSE 534 Assessment, Evaluation and Instructional Planning (3 credits)*
EDSE 535 Collaborative Consultation and Transition Planning (online option) (3 credits)
EDSE 519 General and Special Education Goals and Practices: Elementary (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 589 Applied Research (3 credits)
INDT 531 Emerging and Assistive Technologies – online, (3 credits)
EDSE 552 M.Ed. Internship for Special Education Initial Licensure Five Year Pathway (9 credits)**

*Courses taken during the final undergraduate year.

**Students must pass Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) prior to being accepted for EDSE 552

Master of Education Initial Licensure Program 5-Year Pathway – Special Education: General Curriculum

The College of Education offers a five-year undergraduate-graduate degree program for initial teacher licensure in Special Education: General Curriculum, designed for students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the College of Arts and Sciences and who also wish to obtain teaching credentials. Each candidate must complete general education requirements, a liberal arts or sciences major, and professional studies (education course work) requirements. . Students will enroll in a series of professional studies courses in Education as components of the undergraduate program and complete the remaining licensure course work as part of the Masters degree.

Program Course Sequence

At the undergraduate level prospective students must major in History, English, Mathematics or Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Earth Science).

Required Undergraduate Courses

EDUC 203 Introduction to Learning and Teaching Elementary (3 credits)
EDUC 371 Language Development and Literacy Instruction: Primary (3 credits)
EDUC 351 Instructional Design and Assessment (4 credits)
EDUC 373 Language and Development in Literacy Instruction: Intermediate (3 credits)
EDUC 420D The Professional Teacher and Critical Issues in Education (3 credits)
EDSE 390 Survey of Special Education: Characteristics and Legal Aspects (3 credits)

Methods course (select one based on major course of study):

EDUC 453 The Teaching of English and Theatre Arts (3 credits)
EDUC 455 The Teaching of History and Social Sciences (3 credits)
EDUC 456 The Teaching of Mathematics and Computer Science (3 credits)
EDUC 458 The Teaching of Sciences (3 credits)

Required Graduate Courses

EDCI 500 Teaching and the Development of the Learner (3 credits)*
EDSE 533 Positive Approaches to Behavior Management (online option) (3 credits)
EDSE 534 Assessment, Evaluation and Instructional Planning (3 credits)*
EDSE 535 Collaborative Consultation and Transition Planning (online option) (3 credits)
EDSE 521 Language and Literacy for Special Populations (3 credits)
EDSE 519 General and Special Education Goals and Practices: Elementary (3 credits)
EDCI 589 Applied Research (3 credits)
INDT 531 Emerging and Assistive Technologies – online (3 credits)
EDSE 552 M.Ed. Internship for Special Education Initial Licensure Five Year Pathway (9 credits)**

*Courses taken during the final undergraduate year.

**Students must pass Reading for Virginia Educators Test (RVE) and Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) prior to being accepted for EDSE 552

Exit Requirements

A student must:

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

2. Obtain passing scores on the  Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment and the Reading for Virginia Educators (Elementary and Special Education);

3. Complete certification or training in emergency first aid, CPR and use of the automated external defibrillators and the Child Abuse and Recognition Module;

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

5. Complete all teacher licensure requirements.