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Graduate Snapshot - Education:
Elementary Education (PreK-6)

Description of Program:

The Master of Arts in Elementary Education (PreK-6) initial licensure program seeks to foster in its candidates:

  • An understanding of the ways that children are affected by social contexts and by the children's own abilities/disabilities.
  • The knowledge and pedagogical skills to support each child's success.

These school professionals will:

  • Critically challenge conventional wisdom and common practices to identify hidden assumptions and activities that constrain or privilege some at the expense of others.
  • Openly consider and explore a range of teaching philosophies and practices and their relevance in particular contexts.
  • Ask questions and develop an inquiring approach.
  • Reflect deeply on relationships with their own families, peers, and university and school mentors and their students.
  • Express knowledge, skills and attitudes in ways that communicate the creative and academic expression of the profession and the self.
  • Develop an appreciation for the global connection of all humanity and our interdependence on the finite, natural resources of the earth.
  • Experience life among people whose social contexts are unlike their own to broaden and deepen their respect of and sensitivity to various cultures and social contexts.
  • Appreciate the complexity of human development from conception throughout the period of childhood/preadolescence.

Degrees Offered:
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

Concentration:
Elementary Education (PreK-6)

Program Website: http://www.jmu.edu/coe/eere/

Catalog Website: http://www.jmu.edu/gradcatalog/14/masters/education-eere.shtml

Application Requirements: http://www.jmu.edu/grad/programs/all-programs/education-elementary-education-mat.shtml