College of Education and Psychology

Dr. A. Jerry Benson, Dean

Dr. Martha K. Ross, Associate Dean

The mission of the College of Education and Psychology is the development of the personal and professional potential of students and the advancement of the professions of education, psychology and kinesiology. The college also offers an alternative adult education program leading to the Bachelor of General Studies degree. College faculty members are devoted to excellence in teaching and scholarly activity focused on the enhancement of instruction and the dissemination of new knowledge.

Programs and related activities provided by the college emphasize learning as a lifelong experience which is grounded in intellectual, affective, social and cultural pursuits. The development of leadership, social and professional skills is emphasized and promoted through interaction with faculty, other professionals, and students as they engage in scholarly and practical activities.

The college is committed to providing:

The undergraduate and graduate education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Virginia State Board of Education. The counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

The basic philosophy of the college is reflected in the following goals:

The college has undergraduate and graduate programs which are designed to lead to majors and minors in education, kinesiology and psychology. Many course offerings are also designed to provide liberal studies education and appropriate learning for students of other colleges of the university. Programs are designed to accommodate students interested in pre-service, in-service and career change opportunities in education, kinesiology, psychology and related professions.

The college is organized into the departments of kinesiology, military science and psychology and the newly created School of Education, which includes all the teacher licensure programs in the college.

Majors and Minors


The College of Education and Psychology offers baccalaureate degrees in the following areas:

Students should check specific catalog sections for requirements leading to these degrees.


The College of Education and Psychology also offers undergraduate minors in the following areas:

A nonlicensure minor in special education is also offered. Students should check appropriate catalog sections for specific requirements.

Teacher Education Unit

Teacher Education Coordinating Council

The Teacher Education Coordinating Council is the official governing body within the university responsible for the preparation of teachers and other professional educational personnel. The dean of the College of Education and Psychology serves as chairperson of the TECC and thus is designated as head of the professional education unit. The unit is defined as all programs designed to lead to licensure or advanced study in education.


Professional education programs emphasize the common objectives of the university, yet each program is based on a unique theoretical and research foundation.

Students interested in early childhood, middle, secondary or special education must major in an approved arts and sciences discipline and complete a minor in education leading to initial licensure as teachers. An adviser in each minor area must be consulted on a continual basis to guarantee that all requirements for entrance into teacher education, program completion, student teaching and teacher licensure are met.

Students are encouraged to carefully study the appropriate minor program as described in this catalog and to identify prerequisites for individual courses and student teaching.

Multiple Teaching Endorsements

Many persons seeking teaching positions find that employment possibilities are increased if they are able to teach more than one grade level or subject area. Students in teacher education programs at JMU may become licensed in more than one subject area or grade level.

Students should realize that it may not be possible to complete multiple endorsements within the regular program, yet in some areas this is possible. Consultation with appropriate College of Education and Psychology department heads or school
director will help students explore dual endorsement possibilities.

Office of Teacher Education Services

The Office of Teacher Education Services has four major responsibilities:

Information, forms and application materials for admission to teacher education, appeals, registration for PRAXIS exams, student teaching, and licensing are available in this office.

Admission to Teacher Education Programs

Students who want to pursue a course of study leading to the initial Virginia teaching license must meet the requirements for admission to the teacher education program and any admissions requirements of the specialty program. Admission to baccalaureate study at JMU is a prerequisite but not a sufficient criterion for admission to an undergraduate teacher preparation program.

Students must initiate their application to the teacher education programs by contacting the Office of Teacher Education Services of the College of Education and Psychology. Appropriate procedures are in effect to review all applications and notify candidates of their status.

Criteria for Admission

Procedures for Admission

Retention in Teacher Education Programs

Criteria for Retention

Candidates who have been admitted into the teacher education program are expected to maintain a 2.5 grade point average and continue to demonstrate characteristics stated in the criteria of admission throughout the course of study. Failure to maintain these criteria will result in suspension from the program.

Students must also meet any additional admission and retention standards established by their academic departments or schools.

Procedures for Review

Procedures for Readmission

Any student who is not retained in the teacher education program and wants to be readmitted must process the appropriate forms listed under "Procedures for Admission" above. They must also be recommended for readmission by their adviser and the department head or school director.

Procedures for Appeal: Admissions and Retention

College-Level Admissions and Retention Criteria

A Committee on Admissions and Retention, comprised of representatives from the School of Education and the colleges, and chaired by the associate dean will be impaneled to hear appeals regarding decisions on admissions and retention.

This committee will be a regular standing committee with a rotation system of appointment, i.e., one-third of the membership will be replaced each year.

A student who wishes to appeal a decision to the committee regarding teacher education admission or retention must follow the following procedure:

Department/School-Level Admissions and Retention Criteria

Specific criteria for admission and retention are included in this catalog under the individual school or departmental listings. These criteria go beyond the unit-level criteria as noted above. Programs within individual departments and schools shall monitor student admission and prog.ress.

Denials for admission and notification of dismissal may be appealed to the department head or school director of the department or school within which the program and student in question exist. Decisions of the department head or school director may be appealed to the head of the teacher education unit.

Teacher Education Application Deadlines

Application forms are available from the Office of Teacher Education Services.

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Undergraduate Catalog Contents

1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
Information Publisher: Division of Academic Affairs
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