Admission to the Education Program

Admission to the Teacher Education Program is by application directly to the College of Education. Admission is competitive and is based on academic achievement in the undergraduate program and on other indications of potential in meeting the program goals. Students interested in seeking credentials to teach should contact the College of Education as early in their college career as possible and are strongly advised to attend a Group Information Session on the Teacher Education Program. Group Information Sessions are offered throughout the academic year. At these sessions, students are informed of the features and requirements of the program. Students are advised of the required Minimum Performance Standards and are asked to apprise the department of requests for accommodations.Current UMW students and prospective transfer students who are interested in the Teacher Education Program should attend one of these Group Information Sessions.

Admission, continuation, and program completion requirements are defined within a three-stage procedure: (1) Undergraduate Admission, (2) Graduate Admission, and (3) Successful Completion of the Program and Recommendation for Licensure. Detailed descriptions of the program requirements are explained on the College of Education website.

For Undergraduate Admission and permission to take the first education course, Education (EDUC) 203 or 204, current UMW students must have passed the Praxis Core test or qualifying equivalent assessments and attained a 2.5 GPA or better on at least 12 UMW credits. It is recommended that students attend an Education Group Information Session on the Fredericksburg campus. See the College of Education website for due dates for application for admission to Education 203 or 204. Transfer students who have a 3.25 GPA may apply to take EDUC 203 or 204 their first semester at UMW. They should submit their application for EDUC 203/204 by the dates posted on the College of Education website; applications can be found on the College of Education website. Transfer students who do not submit applications by these deadlines or do not meet the above requirements should apply to take these courses once they are enrolled at UMW under the guidelines for current UMW students.

A student 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. The student will be limited to 9 credit hours, including EDUC 203/204, prior to submission of (1) passing scores for the Praxis Core, or (2) 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 the students pursuing elementary licensure, secondary, preK-12, or Special Education successfully complete EDUC 203 or 204, they are assigned to a professional studies cohort that is determined by the year that they will complete the graduate course work. Students are expected to participate in regular cohort advising.

To continue in the program, students are responsible for following the regulations and application deadlines. To continue in the program students must do the following: (a) maintain good academic standing with an overall cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better; (b) achieve a GPA of 3.0 or better in all education courses; (c) demonstrate satisfactory progress on all Professional Competencies; (d) be current on all Professional Clearances; and (e) achieve satisfactory evaluations in all field experiences. Students not accepted into the Program should note that there is a 12-credit limit on education course work that may be applied toward the degree. A student who receives more than one C in an education course will be dismissed from the program.

To receive Graduate Admission to the Program students must do the following: (a) obtain an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0, (b) continue to meet the criteria listed for continuation in the program, (c) successfully complete required course work, (d) receive a bachelor’s degree from UMW, (e) and must achieve passing scores on Praxis II, the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment, and for those students in the Elementary program and Special Education: General Curriculum program , the Reading for Virginia Educators assessment.

Students who apply for the fifth or graduate year of the M.S. in Elementary Education program or one of the secondary or PreK-12. M. Ed. Initial Licensure 5-year Pathway programs must submit their application for Graduate Admission. See College of Education website for deadlines.

Students who apply for the fifth or graduate year of one of the Special Education, K-12 M.Ed. Initial Licensure 5-year Pathway programs must submit their application for Graduate Admission by the deadlines posted on the College of Education web page.

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 (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 dismissal from the program; and (3) achieving passing scores on all licensure examination 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 Training Module as required by the Virginia State Board of Education.