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 at the end of your Undergraduate-Only Program

*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 at the end of your Undergraduate & Graduate (Dual Degree) Program
  • 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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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 one or more of the following subjects (or comparable): 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 graduatesundergraduate "late-deciders", and some eligible transfer students who have decided to pursue a teaching license. Candidates planning to teach at the secondary level (grades 6-12) 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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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.

Advising & Resources

Explore COE advising and resources to help you become the teacher you want to be.

Important Dates


  • 24 - First day of classes


  • 2 - Semester/1st Block Add/Drop Deadline
  • 12 - Semester/1st Block Add with Departmental Permission deadline
  • 13 - Withdraw from JMU deadline
  • 22 - 1st Block Withdraw/Course Adjustment deadline
  • 30-Oct 1 - Family Weekend


  • 1 - Applications available in MyMadison for May 2022 or August 2022 undergraduate graduation
  • 11 - 1st Block courses end
  • 17 - 2nd Block courses begin
  • 15 - Deadline to apply to graduate Grad School
  • 12-14 - Fall Break (no classes, University Offices open)
  • 12-23 - Homecoming Weekend
  • 24 - 2nd Block Add/Drop deadline
  • 26 - Semester Withdraw/Course Adjustment deadline


  • 1 - 2nd Block Add with Departmental Permission deadline
  • 7 - Spring 2023 Enrollment Week (see your MyMadison for your enrollment appointment)
  • 15 - 2nd Block Withdraw/Course Adjustment deadline
  • 21-25 - Thanksgiving Break


  • 11 - Last day of classes
  • 10-16 - Final Exam Week
  • 16 - 'Incomplete" coursework for Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 due; Deadline for completion of coursework for December 2022 graduates; Graduate Commencement Ceremony
  • 17 - Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

See the JMU Academic Calendar for more deadlines.

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