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Teacher Education Programs

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.



College of Education

  • Early, Elementary and Reading Education
  • Exceptional Education
  • Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education

College of Health and Behavioral Studies

  • Physical and Health Education in the Department of Kinesiology

College of Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art Education
  • Dance Education
  • Music Education
  • Theatre Education

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
Music (PreK-12) Music
Theatre (PreK-12) Theatre
English as a Second Language (PreK-12)

Modern Foreign Languages

English

ESL can be a 4 or 5 year program
Elementary Education (PreK-6) Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies 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
Special Education (K-12)

Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

Psychology

5-year teacher licensure programs leading to a masters degree
Health and Physical Education (PreK-12) Kinesiology 5-year teacher licensure programs leading to a masters degree
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

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 coordinator for the licensure program they are interested in. Refer to the Education Licensure Program Coordinators.

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 GWRTC 103, a math course and GPSYC 160

    3. Must have passed PRAXIS I exam or have acceptable SAT or ACT scores.

    5. 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.