Middle Grades Educators walk alongside adolescents during some of the most formative years of their life. They are eager to connect with their students and help them develop socially and emotionally in grades 6 through 8, collaborating with fellow teachers to create meaningful and integrated learning experiences for their students.

Because the middle grades education field is so student-focused, our educational courses give our students a firm foundation from which to understand their students and to develop relational skills and learning strategies that will positively impact their students for years to come.

*Our programs specifically prepare students for a Virginia Teaching License. Contact the Education Support Center for more information on how to be eligible for an out-of-state license after completion of our program.


Which program is right for you?

Be eligible for a Virginia Teaching License in 4 years

*Only open to students graduating in the spring of 2023 or later.

  • Major in Middle Grades Education with at least one content area concentration: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies. (Two concentrations strongly recommended.)
  • Ideal for highly motivated future educators wanting to get in the field quickly
  • Learn how to be an educator through hands-on and practical learning experiences
  • Learn cutting-edge best practices for classroom instruction 
  • Extensive fieldwork hours in diverse school settings in addition to student teaching
  • Nationally recognized faculty consistently deliver real, formative support
  • Enter the workforce with professionalism and strong content knowledge
  • Be part of a program whose alumni are in high demand in the field
  • Help alleviate the Virginia teacher shortage

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Be eligible for a Virginia Teaching License in 5 years

*Only open to students completing their undergraduate program by spring of 2022 or earlier.

  • Major in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (IdLS) and select two concentration areas: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
  • Minor in pre-professional Middle Grades Education
  • Earn a Bachelors degree AND a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
  • MAT may assist in employability and/or additional salary incentive in certain school divisions
  • All the benefits of the 4-year program plus:
    • Additional and earlier field experiences which give more time to develop teaching style and classroom management strategies
    • Increased depth of program to develop key instructional skills
    • Opportunities for reflection on classroom experiences
    • Research opportunities that develop skills in data-driven classroom decisions 

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Graduate-only Initial Licensure Pathway
  • Ideal for highly motivated future educators wanting to get in the field quickly with adequate classroom preparation
  • Designed for candidates with degrees in subjects other than Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, History, Mathematics, Physics, or Political Science

This Master of Arts in Teaching pathway is designed specifically for and only available to college graduates, undergraduate "late-deciders", and some eligible transfer students who have decided to pursue a teaching license. Candidates planning to teach at the middle grades level (grades 6-8) should contact the Middle, Secondary, and Mathematics Department for more information and to meet with an education advisor prior to applying to the program to discuss program options.

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Request Information

Have questions? Email Middle and Secondary Education to learn more about what our programs can offer you.

Awards & Scholarships

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Important Dates


  • 20-22 - Residence halls open for first year students on assigned days
  • 25 - First day of classes


  • 13 - Add with Departmental Permission deadline for Semester/1st Block courses
  • 14 - Withdraw from JMU deadline
  • 23 - Withdraw/Course Adjustment deadline for Semester courses


  • 1 - Applications available in MyMadison for May 2022 or August 2022 undergraduate graduation
  • 8-10 - Family Weekend
  • 12 - 1st Block courses end
  • 14 - 2nd Block courses begin
  • 14 - Deadline to apply to graduate Grad School
  • 19 - Mid-term grades due
  • 21-22 - Fall Break (no classes, University Offices open)
  • 25 - Add/Drop deadline for 2nd Block courses
  • 27 - Withdraw/Course Adjustment deadline for Semester courses


  • 2 - Add with Departmental Permission deadline for 2nd Block courses
  • 5-7 - Homecoming
  • 8 - Spring 2022 Enrollment Week (see your MyMadison for your enrollment appointment)
  • 16 - Withdraw/Course Adjustment deadline for 2nd Block courses
  • 20 - Thanksgiving Break begins
  • 29 - Classes resume


  • 10 - Last day of classes
  • 11-17 - Final Exam Week
  • 17 - 'Incomplete" coursework for Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 coursework due; Deadline for completion of coursework for December 2021 graduates; Graduate Commencement Ceremony
  • 18 - Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
  • 20 - Semester grades due

See the JMU Academic Calendar for more deadlines.

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