More about this program

For students who have completed a bachelor’s degree from any university in one or more of these subjects: biology, chemistry, earth science, English, history, mathematics, physics, political science, or a comparable subject; and would like to prepare for teacher licensure. This program is not for current JMU students who are completing the minor in pre-professional Secondary Education.
Application Deadline

Completed applications should be received at least 6 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.


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 other than JMU 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 200 Foundations of Education in the United States 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, JMU ALEKS, or satisfactory SAT/ACT math section score (sent to MSME Department; contact for more information).                                                                                                                                                       

Application Requirements:

  • Resume (upload with online application)
  • 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
  • Interview with Graduate Program Director (will be scheduled after submission of application)
  • No letter of recommendation is required. Two professional references will be solicited by the Educational Support Center later in the Teacher Education application process. References must know the candidate for at least 6 months in a professional capacity.
Online Application
International Applicants

International Graduate Information

Details regarding transcripts and credential evaluations from non-US academic institutions can be found on the Transcripts & Credential Evaluation webpage. 

The Secondary Education 6-12 (M.A.T) Initial Licensure program does not qualify for a student visa. 

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


This program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please refer to the JMU Professional Licensure Program Status by Jurisdiction Index to determine if this JMU program meets the educational requirements specified by the associated licensing or certification agency in the state or territory in which you are located and other states and territories. Requirements vary by state and are subject to change. The information provided is current as of the review date indicated in the table.

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