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Middle Education Program Requirements

Teacher candidates are required to meet competencies identified by the state of Virginia as well as additional competencies required by the teacher education unit at JMU. In Virginia and many other states, middle grades teachers must have concentrations in two core subject areas. Candidates are advised to major in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (IDLS) as undergraduates to meet the necessary subject-matter competencies.

The requirements for the undergraduate and graduate degrees are as follows:

BA/BS Undergraduate Degree credit hours
General Education 46
Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Major 36-42
PreProfessional Studies in Education 36
MAT Degree
Graduate Level Professional Studies 32

Graduate admission requirements include:

  • Personal qualities and dispositions that reflect effective development as a professional educator
  • An overall gpa of 2.7
  • Pass the Praxis II before completing 12 hours of graduate work

To be recommended for licensure, all candidates must:

  • Meet all middle education pre-professional (undergraduate) and professional (M.A.T.) degree requirements
  • Meet all admission, retention, and completion criteria for teacher education including passing scores for the Core Academic Skills for Educators assessment and the Praxis II Subject Assessment in each IDLS concentation area
  • Meet performance and behavior standards as indicated by ratings on the program Professional Behaviors Checklist

Click HERE for a packet of information about the requirements for program admission and completion. 

Choose two concentrations from the following:

English, History and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics

Add-On Endorsements

Algebra I, Gifted Education, Journalism