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Pre-Professional Teacher Licensure Program Snapshot - Secondary Education


The program in secondary education, including the undergraduate component and the M.A.T., is designed to prepare teachers who are reflective decision-makers. Teachers who are reflective decision-makers are able to choose from among known educational alternatives to maximize student learning in a variety of instructional situations.

The undergraduate program in secondary education is designed to provide candidates with the prerequisite course offerings and experiences that form the required foundation for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program. Completion of the M.A.T. program is required for a recommendation for licensure in secondary education through JMU. Undergraduate candidates who are planning to pursue licensure to teach in an academic area at the secondary school level should complete the 22 credit hour pre-professional program in education.

Candidates should also complete a major or the equivalent in one of the arts and sciences disciplines closely associated with the desired teaching area. The state approved licensure areas in the secondary education program at JMU include: English, mathematics, the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, earth science), and history/social science (social studies). Licensure endorsements for other teaching areas (e.g., algebra I, journalism, and gifted education) are available as add-on programs. Candidates should contact the departmental office for information concerning those programs.

Undergraduate Major(s): English, History, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics

Offering Academic Unit: Department of Middle, Secondary & Mathematics Education

Education Licensure: M.A.T.

Offering Academic Unit for Education: Department of Middle, Secondary & Mathematics Education

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Coordinator: Kyle Schultz

Notes: All students pursuing a teacher licensure program must meet with their major adviser and an education adviser. Students must apply to teacher education and be accepted before they can take education courses.