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.
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.
Submit an application to teacher education and 2 reference forms.
Students cannot have any record of felony convictions or misdemeanors involving children or drugs.
Complete training in universal precautions and child abuse prevention.
To be eligible for admission, students should meet all of the following requirements:
Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
Make a grade of C or better in WRTC 103, a math course and PSYC 160
Must have passed PRAXIS Core exam or have acceptable SAT or ACT scores.
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.