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|Middle Education, Grades 6-8||Secondary Education, Grades 6-12||Foreign Language Education PreK-12|
|Degree and Major Requirements||Degree and Major Requirements||Program Advisory System|
|Recommended Schedule for Middle Education||Recommended Schedule for Secondary Education||Vocational Education Courses|
|Middle Education Grades Six Through Eight|
|Master’s Level Licensure Program|
|The undergraduate pre-professional program in middle education is designed to prepare teachers of grades 6-8. This program provides the requisite course offerings and experiences that form the foundation for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program. The JMU Middle Education program is based on the following four assumptions:
|Degree and Major Requirements|
|Recommended Schedule for Middle Education|
Candidates beginning the graduate portion of the program must meet all College of Graduate and Outreach Programs’ requirements and criteria for admission; it is expected that candidates will complete the graduate admission process early in their senior year. In addition, candidates must meet all graduate level graduation requirements (comprehensive project, etc.). See the Graduate Catalog for additional details.
|Secondary Education Grades Six Through Twelve|
|Master’s Level Licensure Program|
|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, foreign languages, mathematics, the natural sciences, and social studies. Foreign language is a PreK-12 licensure area that is based in Secondary Education. Licensure programs for other teaching areas (e.g., algebra, journalism, English as a second language and theatre) are available as add-on programs. Candidates should contact the department head for information concerning those programs. Candidates should consult with the department head or an adviser in secondary education early during the first year or as soon thereafter as possible to obtain information concerning completing the related general education and content area requirements, as well as the undergraduate and graduate education requirements. It is important for candidates to understand that they must meet the requirements for a baccalaureate degree and that the appropriate undergraduate pre- professional courses and experiences must be completed satisfactorily before they will be admitted to the M.A.T. program. Candidates must earn a grade of “C” or better in all required pre-professional undergraduate courses in the education program to continue in and complete the program. (Consult the graduate catalog for M.A.T. graduate requirements.) Admission to and the satisfactory completion of the M.A.T. program are required in order to receive a recommendation through JMU for a teaching license at the secondary school level. Candidates should note that prerequisites are required for many of the courses included in the pre-professional secondary education program. Exceptions to meeting those requirements must be approved by the department head and the dean of the College of Education. Candidates should also note that actual teacher licensure requirements may differ from the catalog requirements listed for a program because of changes enacted by the Virginia Department of Education or accrediting agencies after the catalog copy is approved. Therefore, it is important to confer with advisers on a regular basis. The Secondary Education licensure program is an integrated program of undergraduate and graduate requirements and experiences. Candidates should not enroll in the course offerings or program components for the purpose of transferring credits to another institution, prior to checking with that institution, because equivalent offerings may not exist there. 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.|
|Degree and Major Requirements|
|Recommended Schedule for Secondary Education|
|The requirements listed below comprise the pre-professional (undergraduate) education program in secondary education. The courses listed must be satisfactorily completed prior to full admission to teacher education and to the graduate M.A.T. program.
Requirements should be completed in the following sequence:
Before beginning the graduate portion of the professional program, candidates must meet all criteria for admission to teacher education and for admission to the College of Graduate and Outreach Programs. Candidates are expected to complete the admission processes early in their senior year. Candidates must meet all additional requirements of the program and the College of Graduate and Outreach Programs before completing the program. See the Graduate Catalog for additional information. The following courses are required for completion of the graduate portion of the licensure program in secondary education.
|Foreign Language Education PreK-12|
|The licensure program in Foreign Languages is based in the Secondary Education program, but it may lead to a PreK-12 license. The Foreign Language program differs from the secondary (6-12) programs in that licensure candidates must take EDUC 570, Methods of Language Teaching, and their practicum, EDUC 571, must include field experiences at the elementary (PreK-6) school level. The content of EDUC 570 includes coverage of teaching foreign language methods for elementary school children as well as teaching foreign language to middle and high school students. The required practicum experiences include observations and teaching experiences across the PreK-12 grade levels. Candidates seeking Foreign Language certification are required to complete 22 credits of pre-professional studies in education at the undergraduate level and 31 credits in professional studies at the graduate level. Foreign language candidates register for EDUC 675M and EDUC 675S, Internships.|
|Program Advisory System|
|First year candidates planning to become teachers in secondary schools are advised to enroll in MSSE 101, Orientation to the Profession. Candidates should contact an education adviser concerning job opportunities in the various secondary subject areas, proper sequence of education courses, practicum opportunities in local secondary schools and special programs. By consulting regularly with their program adviser in secondary education, candidates can continually evaluate their academic objectives.|
|Vocational Education Courses|
For persons employed by school divisions, to teach in vocational programs, the following courses are available and can be used by trade and industrial education teachers to upgrade their provisional license to the technical professional teaching license.