Master of Science in Elementary Education

Master of Science in Elementary Education

Formal Admission

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, and have attended a Group Information Session. Applications are due October 1 for admission to EDUC 203 during the subsequent spring semester, and February 1 for admission to EDUC 203 during the subsequent fall semester.

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 for EDUC 203 by February 1 for fall enrollment or October 1 for spring enrollment.

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

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. be current on all Professional Clearances;
5. achieve satisfactory evaluations in all field experiences;
6. attend all mandatory cohort advising meetings; and
7.  maintain a record of course work and practicum hours.

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. achieving passing scores on Praxis II, The Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment, and the Reading for Virginia Educators as required by the Virginia State Board of Education as well as certification or training in emergency first aid, CPR and use of the automated external defibrillators

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 420 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)