Overview of the Program

Students in this dual degree program (students earn undergraduate + graduate degrees) complete a, typically, 5-year pathway to eligibility for a Virginia Teaching License in grades 6-12 with a teaching endorsement in their chosen content area.

As undergraduate students, our future teachers major in their content area and minor in Pre-professional Secondary Education, completing the requirements for a Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.). As graduate students, they then enroll in the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Education with a concentration in Secondary Education during the summer, fall, and spring semesters immediately following undergraduate graduation.

Program Documents
Program Overview

Bachelor of Science/Arts (minimum 120 credits)

  • General Education Core (41-44 credits)
  • Content Area Major (36-60 credits)
  • Pre-professional Secondary Education Minor (23 credits)
  • BS or BA Degree Requirements (6-15 credits)

Master of Arts in Teaching (minimum 33 credits)

  • Foundations and teaching methods/pedagogy (12 credits)
  • Field experiences and student teaching (9 credits)
  • Theory, Diversity, and Differentiation (12 credits)
Content Area Endorsement Checklists

The official program of study is published in the JMU Undergraduate Catalog and the JMU Graduate Catalog. Students are responsible to ensure they meet all program graduation requirements as described in the catalogs.

View the Graduate Curriculum in the Catalog

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