Master of Science in Elementary Education Program

Undergraduate Admission

For Undergraduate 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 and have submitted passing scores on Praxis Core or qualifying equivalent assessments. 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.

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.

The student will be limited to three courses (including EDUC 203) 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 placed in a professional studies cohort that is determined by the year they will complete the graduate coursework. Students are required to attend 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 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; achieve satisfactory evaluations in all field experiences; and
  4. attend all mandatory 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 during 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

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;
  2. passing Reading for Virginia Educators Test (RVE),  Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA), and Praxis II for the endorsement area prior to beginning EDUC 540.
  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 results in dismissal from the program; 
  4. a grade of “B-” or better in the Teaching Internship; and
  5. achieving passing scores on all licensure examinations and the Child Abuse Recognition Intervention Module, certification or training in emergency first aid, CPR and use of the automated external defibrillators, and completion of the Dyslexia Awareness Module, as required by the Virginia State Board of Education.

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 388 Managing the Elementary Classroom (3 credits)EDSE 390: Survey of Special Education: Characteristics and Legal Issues (3 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)*

*Students must pass the Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE), Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) and the required Praxis II exam for the endorsement  prior to beginning their fifth year.

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)

NOTE: Field experiences are embedded in the following courses: EDUC 203, 303, 305,  371, 373, 388, MATH 204, EDUC 510, 514, and 530.