Master of Science in Elementary Education

Master of Science in Elementary Education

For Formal Admission and permission to take the first education course, EDUC 203, 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 I 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 in their first semester at UMW. They should submit their application by the 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:

  • assigned an education advisor, and
  • placed in a professional studies cohort that is determined by the year they will complete the graduate coursework. Students are required to attend cohort advising sessions.

Continuance Requirements (Undergraduate)

To remain in the program, students must maintain satisfactory performance in both course work and field experiences, follow all regulations, and adhere to all application deadlines. In particular, 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. demonstrate the ability to meet the Minimum Performance Standards;
4. 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;
5. achieve satisfactory evaluations in all field experiences; and
6. attend all mandatory cohort advising meetings.

Graduate Admission

Students who apply for the fifth or graduate year of the M. S. in Elementary Education should submit their application for Graduate Admission by November 1 of their final year of undergraduate study. To receive Graduate Admission to the program students must do the following:

1. continue to meet the criteria listed for continuance in the program,
2. successfully complete required undergraduate course work,
3. receive a baccalaureate degree from UMW, and
4. achieve passing scores on Praxis II, the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment, and the Reading for Virginia Educators assessment

Exit Requirements

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

1. completion of all degree requirements;
2. a grade of “B” or better in all graduate coursework and the Teaching Internship;
3. 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.

Program Course Sequence

Required Undergraduate Courses:

EDUC 203 Introduction to Teaching and Learning: Elementary (3 credits)
EDUC 303 Scientific Inquiry (3 credits)
EDUC 305 Mathematical Concepts and Methods II (2 credits)
EDUC 311 Literature and the Arts in the Elementary Classroom (3 credits)
EDUC 371 Language Development and Literacy Instruction: Primary (3 credits)
EDUC 373 Language Development and Literacy Instruction: Intermediate (3 credits)
EDUC 386 Elementary Social Studies Methods (3 credits)
EDUC 387 Introduction to Special Education: Elementary (2 credits)
EDUC 388 Managing the Elementary Classroom (2 credits)
EDUC 420D The Professional Teacher and Critical Issues in Education (3 credits)
MATH 204 Mathematical Concepts and Methods I (4 credits)

Required Graduate Courses:

EDUC 510 The Inclusive Classroom (4 credits)
EDUC 514 Models of Instruction (4 credits)
EDUC 521 Educational Research Methods (2 credits)
EDUC 530 Masters Research (3 credits)
EDUC 539 Elementary Graduation Internship Seminar (1 credit)
EDUC 540 Initial Licensure Internship(12 credits)

and one of the specialization seminars:

EDUC 522 Arts Specialization (4 credits)
EDUC 523 English Language Learners Specialization (4 credits)
EDUC 524 Instructional Technology Specialization (4 credits)
EDUC 525 Literacy Specialization (4 credits)
EDUC 526 Mathematics Specialization (4 credits)
EDUC 527 Science Specialization (4 credits)
EDUC 528 Social Studies Specialization (4 credits)
EDUC 529 Special Education Specialization (4 credits)