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Pre-Professional Education Programs

Contact Pre-professional Education Program Coordinators

JMU offers various programs that lead to licensure or advanced study in education.  Some initial teacher education licensure programs are completed at the undergraduate level.  Most teacher education programs are 5-year programs with an undergraduate pre-professional program and a 5th year graduate program.

Advising

All students pursuing a teacher licensure program must meet with their major advisor and an education advisor.  Students are assigned to an education advisor based upon their teacher licensure area of interest.

If students are interested in becoming a teacher, they should inform their freshman or transfer advisor at orientation or contact the Education Program Coordinator for the licensure program they are interested in.

Admission to a Teacher Education Licensure Program

All students must apply to teacher education and be accepted before they can take education courses.

To apply:    

  1. Submit an application to teacher education and 2 reference forms.
  2. Students cannot have any record of felony convictions or misdemeanors involving children or drugs.
  3. Complete training in universal precautions and child abuse prevention.

 

To be eligible for admission, students should meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
  2. Make a grade of C or better in WRTC 103, a math course and PSYC 160
  3. Must have passed PRAXIS Core exam or have acceptable SAT or ACT scores.
  4. Students must make at least a C grade in all required pre-professional coursework and satisfactory demonstration of professional behaviors, and acceptable performance in practicums and key assessments.

Teacher Education Programs by College

College of Education 

College of Arts and Letters

  • Foreign Language in the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures

College of Health and Behavioral Studies

College of Visual and Performing Arts

What Should I Major In?

Students should major in the discipline associated with their specific teacher licensure area of interest. Please refer to the table below. 

Teaching Area Major Notes
Art (PreK-12) Art
Dance (PreK-12) Dance
Elementary Education (PreK-6) Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies 5-year teacher licensure programs leading to a masters degree
English as a Second Language (PreK-12)

Modern Foreign Languages
English

ESL can be a 4 or 5 year program
Foreign Language (PreK-12)

Modern Foreign Languages

Health and Physical Education (PreK-12) Kinesiology 5-year teacher licensure programs leading to a masters degree
Inclusive Early Childhood (PreK-3 & Special Education Birth - age 5) Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies 5-year teacher licensure programs leading to a masters degree
Middle Education Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies 5-year teacher licensure programs leading to a masters degree
Music (PreK-12)

Music

Secondary Education (6-12)

Select the major below that best represents the discipline you wish to teach:

Biology
Chemistry
Earth Science
English
Math
Modern Foreign Language
Physics
Social Studies (History or Political Science with a minor in Interdisciplinary Social Science)

5-year teacher licensure programs leading to a masters degree
Special Education (K-12)

Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
Psychology

5-year teacher licensure programs leading to a masters degree
Theatre (PreK-12)

Theatre