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.
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.
Program Sequence: PDF with course descriptions
Program Policies: Graduate Academic Catalog
Questions about programs, contact:
Dr. April Brecht
Director of Advising Center Services
Phone: (540) 286-8032
Dr. Janine Davis
Program Director for Elementary, PreK-12 and Secondary
Phone: (540) 654-1353