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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:
  • Classroom teachers should possess a broad liberal education that provides a context for understanding individual behavior and major social issues in a contemporary democratic and technological society.
  • Middle level classroom teachers should possess extensive knowledge and expertise in the content areas in which they teach and understand essential interdisciplinary concepts related to the respective content areas.
  • Middle level classroom teachers must have extensive professional knowledge and be able to practice and demonstrate teaching skills that are effective and appropriate for students between the ages of 10 and 14.
  • Middle level classroom teachers must have strong problem-solving skills, must be reflective in professional thought and practice, and must be ethically, morally and professionally responsible.
Teacher candidates must meet a set of content and subject-specific criteria that are approved by the Virginia Department of Education. In Virginia and some other states, middle grades teachers must meet minimum preparation requirements in two of the four core subject areas (mathematics, social studies/history, science, English/language arts). In order to meet these requirements, candidates are advised to major in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, a major that will allow them to complete dual content concentrations as well as meet the necessary subject-matter competencies.

The Middle Education program enables teacher candidates to become knowledgeable about the developmental characteristics of middle school students, and to create, design, and implement curriculum activities that are interdisciplinary in nature and related directly to the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs of children between the ages of 10 and 14.

Candidates should consult with the department head early during the first year or as soon thereafter as possible to obtain information concerning the general education requirements for the IDLS major, and the requirements for admission to Teacher Education.

It is important for candidates to understand that they must meet the requirements for a baccalaureate degree and successfully complete all undergraduate pre-professional courses and experiences prior to being admitted to the M.A.T. program. Admission to and satisfactory completion of the M.A.T. program are required for a recommendation from James Madison University for licensure in middle education.

Candidates should note that prerequisites are required for many of the courses included in the pre-professional Middle 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 requirements may differ from the catalog requirements listed because of changes enacted by the Virginia Department of Education or other accrediting agencies after the catalog copy is approved. Therefore, it is especially important for candidates to confer with advisers and department head on a regular basis.

Completion of the five year professional program in Middle Education is designed to lead to a Virginia teaching license with an endorsement in middle education. To be recommended for licensure, all candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete General Education and IDLS requirements
  • Complete the middle education pre-professional program
  • Meet all admission and retention criteria for teacher education including satisfactory Praxis I & II scores
  • Meet admission requirements for the middle education M.A.T. program
  • Complete the graduate portion of the licensure program
  • Meet performance and behavior standards as indicated by ratings on the program Professional Behaviors Checklist
Back to top of page Degree and Major Requirements
 
Credit Hours
B.A./B.S. Undergraduate Degree
General Education1
41
Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Major
39-42
Pre-professional Studies in Education
35
M.A.T. Program
Graduate Level Professional Studies
31

146-149
1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
Back to top of page Recommended Schedule for Middle Education
Undergraduate Course Requirements
Credit Hours
GPSYC 160. Life Span Human Development
3
EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education
3
EDUC 310. Teaching in a Diverse Society
3
EDUC 311. Practicum I Field Experience in Middle and Secondary Education
2
READ 312. Reading and Writing across the Curriculum in the Middle Grades
3
MSSE 370. General Methods and Technology
3
MSSE 371. Practicum II
2
READ 472. Literacy, Assessment, and Instruction in Content Areas for the Middle and Secondary Grades
3
MSSE 470. Content Methods Courses (complete two in appropriate areas)
6
MSSE 470B. English/Language Arts
MSSE 470H. Social Studies
MSSE 470I. Science
MSSE 470K. Mathematics
MSSE 471. Field Experience in Middle and Secondary Education1
4
SPED 460. Differentiation of Instruction and Academic Collaboration
3

35
1 Choose practicum to correlate with the two content 470 courses. Students complete course twice in appropriate content for a total of four credit hours.
Graduate Courses
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.
Required Courses
Credit Hours
EDUC 540. Educational Technology
3
SPED 512. Behavior Management in the Classroom
3
MSSE 630. Inquiry in the Classroom
3
MSSE 690. Internship in Middle Education
8
MSSE 650. Internship Seminar
2
MIED 610. Collaborative Leadership in Schools
3
MIED 620. Applied Research in Middle Education
3
MIED 656. Seminar in Middle Education
3
Approved Electives
3

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Back to top of page 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.

Back to top of page Degree and Major Requirements
 
Credit Hours
B.A./B.S. Undergraduate Degree
General Education1
41
Discipline Major
36-60
Pre-professional Studies in Education
22
M.A.T. Program (Graduate)
Graduate Level Professional Studies
31

130-154
1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
Back to top of page 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:

First Year
Credit Hours
MSSE 101. Orientation to the Profession (optional but recommended)
1
   
Second Year
Credit Hours
GPSYC 160. Life Span Human Development
3
EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education
3
 
Students must declare the Secondary Education minor and submit an Admission to Initial Licensure Programs application (AR-1 form) to the Education Support Center prior to enrolling in the remaining courses. The first three courses listed are corequisite offerings and must be completed before enrolling in the next three courses that are also corequisites.
Third and Fourth Years
Credit Hours
EDUC 310. Teaching in a Diverse Society
3
EDUC 311. Field Experience in Middle and Secondary Education
2
READ 312. Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum in the Middle and Secondary Grades
3
MSSE 370. General Teaching Methods and Instructional Technology
3
MSSE 371. Field Experience in Middle and Secondary Education, Practicum II
2
READ 472. Literacy Assessment and Instruction in the Content Areas for Middle and Secondary Grades
3

22-23
Graduate Courses
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.
MSSE 607. Middle and Secondary School Curriculum and Co-Curriculum
2
MSSE 625. Learning and Assessment in Middle and Secondary Education
2
EDUC 540. Educational Technology
3
SPED 512. Behavior Management in the Classroom
3
MSSE 630. Inquiry in the Classroom
3
SPED 520. Differentiation of Instruction and Academic Collaboration
3
MSSE 570. Methods of Teaching, Grades 6-12
3
MSSE 571. Field Experience in Middle and Secondary Education, Practicum III
2
MSSE 675. Internship in Middle and Secondary Education
8
MSSE 650. Internship Seminar
2

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Back to top of page 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.
Back to top of page 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.
Back to top of page 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.
Credit Hours
GPSYC 160. Life Span Human Development
3
EDUC 490. Special Topics in Education
3
VOED 383. Curriculum and Instructional Procedures in VOED
3