Application Deadline

The Secondary Education program accepts applications on a rolling basis. Completed applications should be received at least six weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the student intends to enroll.

Program Begins

spring, summer

Candidates may choose to start the program in either the spring or summer terms. Regardless of starting term, the last term of the program is student teaching which is a spring-only experience.

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts are required for all post-secondary institutions in which you were enrolled or took courses. These should be uploaded with your electronic application and may be used for departmental admission review purposes.

If offered admission, you will be directed and required to submit to the JMU Graduate School an official transcript from any institution from which a degree has been awarded to finalize your admission. Transcripts are considered official if they are sent to JMU directly from the issuing institution.

If you took courses required for licensure at another institution, you must submit official transcripts verifying the course in order to be eligible for your license.

Required by Program

Program Pre-requisites:

  • All applicants must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or above.
  • Grade of “C” or higher in a “foundations of education and the teaching profession” course. JMU’s EDUC 300 Foundations of American Education satisfies this requirement.
  • Grade of “C” or higher in a “human development and learning (birth through adolescence)” course. JMU’s PSYC 160 Life Span Human Development satisfies this requirement.
  • Credit for a college-level mathematics course and a “C” or higher in a college-level writing course.
  • Passing score on the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (sent to MSME Department).
  • Passing score on the Praxis Core Math Assessment or satisfactory SAT/ACT math section score (sent to MSME Department; contact for more information).                                                                                                                                                       

Application Requirements:

  • Resume (upload with online application)
  • Two professional letters of reference (one of which must be an academic reference). References may be mailed directly to James Madison University Department of Middle, Secondary, and Mathematics Education, MSC 6912, 395 S. High St., Harrisonburg, VA 22807.
  • Virginia passing score on the Praxis Subject Assessment. Candidates may be conditionally admitted to the program but must submit a passing score to the JMU Education Support Center prior to beginning more than 12 credit hours of M.A.T. graduate coursework
Online Application
International Applicants

International Graduate Information

International applicants will upload a credential evaluation of their non-U.S. college or university transcripts from one of the services listed at this link: Credential_Evaluation 

Interested applicants should contact the MSME Department for more information prior to applying to the program. The department may be reached at middlesecondaryeduc@jmu.edu .

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