M.Ed. in PreK-12 Education

The College of Education offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in PreK-12 Education (masters + teaching license) for adults who have earned a bachelor’s degree (i.e., you are post baccalaureate), may have some professional work experience, and want to obtain teaching credentials. This program is designed to meet the needs of adult learners, with courses offered in the evenings and/or offered in a blended or online format. The program of study combines course work and field experiences to prepare candidates for teacher licensure.

Candidates for licensure in this program should possess a bachelor’s degree with a major, or the equivalent of a major in training and experience, in the endorsement sought, i.e., a major in art if they wish to teach visual arts. They must complete the professional studies course requirements listed below— or equivalent courses verified by a program advisor—and demonstrate the competencies exhibited by skillful teachers and those required for Virginia licensure in both professional studies and the endorsement subject area. Transcript review, portfolio, Praxis II scores, and other forms of assessment may determine proficiency in these competencies. Candidates must be proficient in all competencies to be recommended for licensure.

The internship (student teaching), required for all licensure completers in the Initial Licensure Program, is a semester long field-based teaching experience in the appropriate grade level or subject area. Self-analysis and reflection on planned and implemented instruction and frequent conferences with the mentor teacher and the university supervisor are prominent aspects of the experience.  Because the internship must be a supervised experience, student teaching placements are made in schools local to the university.

The PreK-12 Education program is designed for the following licensure areas where endorsement is for grades PreK-12:

  • Foreign Language (German, French and Spanish)
  • Latin
  • Music Education: Instrumental
  • Music Education: Vocal/Choral
  • Visual Arts

Program Course Sequence

Required Graduate Courses:

  • EDCI 500 Teaching and the Development of the Learner (3 credits)
  • EDCI 502 Educational Goals and Practices: Elementary (3 credits)
  • EDCI 506 Foundations of American Education (3 credits)
  • EDCI 515 Literacy and Language Across the Curriculum (3 credits)
  • EDCI 519 Managing the Classroom Environment: Elementary (3 credits) OR EDCI 521 Managing the Classroom Environment: Secondary (3 credits)
  • EDCI 538 Middle Grades Programs and Practices (4 credits)
  • EDCI 550 M.Ed. Initial Licensure Internship (6 credits)
  • INDT 501 Instructional Technologies (3 credits)
  • EDSE 531 Survey of Special Education: Characteristics and Legal Issues (3 credits)
  • TESL 514 Cross-Cultural Education (3 credits)
  • EDCI 580 Introduction to Research
  • EDCI 590 Individual Research

And complete the (one) methods course required for the licensure area:

  • EDCI 554 The Teaching of Foreign Language
  • EDCI 557 The Teaching of Music
  • EDCI 559 The Teaching of Visual Arts

Field experiences are embedded in the following courses: EDCI 502, 515, 519/512, 538, methods (554, 557, or 559)

Documents, Deadlines & Policies

Graduate Admissions


Testing Information

Program Policies: Graduate Program Catalog

Questions about programs, contact:

Dr. April Brecht
Director of Advising Center Services
Phone: (540) 286-8032
Email: abrecht@umw.edu

Dr. Jane Huffman
Program Director for Advanced and Non-Degree Programs
Phone:  (540) 654-1142
Email: jhuffma2@umw.edu