M.Ed. in PreK-12 Education

**New admittance into the 5-year programs will be discontinued starting Fall 2020.  Please refer to our new 4-year programs


The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in PreK-12 Education is a combined undergraduate-graduate five year degree program (bachelors + masters + teaching license) designed for students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the College of Arts and Sciences and who also wish to obtain teaching credentials. Students must complete general education requirements, a liberal arts or sciences major, and professional studies (education course work) requirements.

Endorsements Offered (recommended major)

  • Foreign Language – French (Major in French)
  • Foreign Language – German (Major in German)
  • Foreign Language – Latin (Major in Latin)
  • Foreign Language – Spanish (Major in Spanish)
  • Music (Vocal or Instrumental) (Major in Music)
  • Theater Arts (Major in Theatre)
  • Visual Arts (Major in Studio Art)


Students complete education course work 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 course work, an internship, and a research study.

Clinical Experiences

Students in the PreK-12 Education Program complete multiple practicum experiences during their undergraduate-graduate studies, aligned with education courses. Students complete approximately 120 practicum hours in local schools over the course of the PreK-12 Program before Student Teaching.

The internship is a 14-week 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. Prospective teachers meet as a group throughout the experience for seminars and workshops. Because the internship must be a supervised experience, placements are made in schools local to the university.


Testing Information

Program Policies: Graduate Academic Catalog

Questions about programs, contact:

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

Dr. John Broome
Program Director for Elementary, PreK-12 and Secondary
Phone:  (540) 654-1352
Email: jbroome@umw.edu