Secondary Educators are passionate about helping their students discover the wonders of learning. They are eager to explore content in deep and meaningful ways with their students in grades 6 through 12, teaching at a higher level of cognitive complexity than typically experienced in middle or elementary school classrooms.

Because the secondary education field is so content-focused, our students major in their content area which gives them a firm foundation from which to build appropriately challenging and integrated lessons that will 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 spring of 2023 or later.

  • Double major in Secondary Education (1st major) and the content area you want to teach and are passionate about (2nd major)
  • 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
  • Major in the content area you want to teach and are passionate about
  • Minor in pre-professional Secondary 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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Have questions? Email Middle and Secondary Education to learn more about what our programs can offer you.

Awards & Scholarships

Don't miss out on an opportunity to fund your education! Explore offered awards, scholarships, and assistantships.

Important Dates


  • 9th-13th - Spring Break
  • 24th - Secondary Education Welcome Workshop, Memorial 3275 @ 5 pm CANCELLED
  • 24th - Middle Education Welcome Workshop, Memorial 3275 @ 6 pm CANCELLED


  • 6th - Advance registration begins for Summer 2020
  • 13th - Registration begins for Fall 2020
  • 7th - MSME Fall Registration Open Lab, Memorial 3275, 5-7 pm CANCELLED
  • 16th - Deadline to submit work for "Incomplete" courses from Fall 2019
  • 24th - New Withdraw with a "W" grade deadline
  • 30th - Last day of classes


  • 1st - Online graduation application goes live in MyMadison for Dec 2020 grads
  • 15th - Graduation application deadline for Dec 2020 grads
  • 18th - Deadline to change Spring 2020 courses to credit/no credit (optional)

See the JMU Academic Calendar for more deadlines.

Advising & Resources

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