The College of Education offers five, accelerated five-year undergraduate-graduate initial licensure teacher education programs. Students begin education coursework and field experiences at the undergraduate level, graduate with their class receiving their bachelor’s degree with a liberal arts or sciences major, and return for one more year during which they complete graduate education coursework, an internship, and a research study. Each program concludes with a Masters degree. Students in Elementary Education earn a Masters in Science (M.S.) and the Secondary, preK-12 and Special Education pathways earn a Masters in Education (M.Ed.).
Five Year Pathways
- Elementary Education (Grades PreK-6)
- preK-12 Education (Grades preK-12)
- Secondary Education (Grades 6-12)
- Special Education: Adapted Curriculum (Grades K-12)
- Special Education: General Curriculum (Grades K-12)
This admissions process is for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.
How to Apply:
For admission to the education program and permission to take the first education course, EDUC 203 or 204, you must:
- Earn at least a 2.5 Overall GPA in a minimum of 12 UMW credit hours;
- * Pass the Praxis Core exam or have qualifying substitute test scores (see passing criteria)(Students may take nine education credits before submitting passing test scores);
- Complete the VDOE Child Abuse Recognition & Intervention Training;
- Complete application for admission into EDUC 203 or 204: Introduction to Teaching and Learning, and;
- Turn paper application into Anna A. Perdue, Office Manager, Trinkle Hall, Room 213.
* Priority acceptance will be given to students who have passed qualifying exams. Students can be admitted to EDUC 203 or 204, and provisionally admitted without these scores, but will not be officially admitted into the education program, and are limited to nine education credit hours (including EDUC 203 or 204), until they submit passing scores.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Do my dual enrollment courses or AP scores count for the 12 UMW credit hours?
No. You must complete the 12 credits at UMW.
- Should I wait until my grades are awarded to confirm that I have the GPA requirement?
No. Turn in your application before the deadline. We look up all GPAs after your grades are turned in at the end of the semester.
- What qualifying substitute test scores can I use to enter the education program?
If you took the SATs, a score of 1100 with at least 530 on the verbal and 530 on the mathematics tests. Important: We can only accept SAT scores passed before March 1, 2016.
If you took the ACTs, a composite score of 24, with the ACT mathematics score no less than 22, and an ACT English Plus Reading score no less than 46.
- What do I do if I don’t have the qualifying sores?
Option 1: Pass the Praxis Core test (Math 150, Reading 156, Writing 162)
Option 2: Pass the Virginia Communications and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) with passing scores are 235 for the reading subtest, a score of 235 for the writing subtest, or a composite score of 470 for the assessment and one math test. The math test options are: Praxis Core math with a score greater than or equal to 150 or SAT math score greater than or equal to 530 or ACT math score greater than or equal to 22. Important: We can only accept SAT scores passed before March 1, 2016.
- Do I have to have my qualifying scores before I apply to the education program and to take the first course?
No. Turn in your application by the deadline even if you have not taken the test or you have not yet received your qualifying scores. Priority acceptance will be given to students who have passed qualifying exams. Students can be admitted to EDUC 203 or 204, and provisionally admitted without these scores, but will not be officially admitted into the education program, and are limited to nine education credit hours (including EDUC 203 or 204), until they submit passing scores.
- Who should I talk to if I have questions about testing and passing qualifying scores?
Please contact Dr. April Brecht, Director of Advising Center Services at (540) 286-8032 or email@example.com.
- What if there is an item on the application I cannot complete?
Leave it blank. We do expect you to complete as much as possible and complete the Leadership, Experiences with Youth and Essay sections. All applications must be signed.
- Do you accept application after the deadline?
Yes but late applications will be accepted on a space available basis.
- What do I do after I have applied?
We process your application and calculate your GPA once your grades are submitted at the end of the semester (at the beginning of Winter Break or Summer Break). We notify you through your UMW email of the outcome and provide instructions for adding EDUC 203 or EDUC 204.
February 23, 2017 @ 5pm
March 23, 2017 @ 5pm
Location: Trinkle 140
Contact: Dr. Broome
Fall Admission – TBD
Application for Admission to Teacher Education Program- EDUC 203 or 204
For any questions regarding undergraduate admissions, please contact:
Dr. April Brecht
Director of Advising Center Services
Phone: (540) 286-8032