Undergraduate Admissions

Students must complete Step 1 (COE Phase I Questionnaire) in order to register for Phase I courses (EDUC 206 & EDUC 207) .  Students need to apply to COE during the semester they are enrolled in Phase I.  Admission decisions will be made prior to registration for the subsequent semester.  A student must be admitted to COE to continue beyond Phase I.

Elementary Education students will be able to declare Education as their major once Phase I is complete and the student has been formally admitted to the program.

Admission Criteria:

For admission to the education program and permission to take education courses beyond Phase I, you must:

  1. Earn at least a 2.5 Overall GPA and a 3.0 in the education courses by the end of Phase I;
  2. Pass the VCLA exam or have qualifying substitute test scores (see passing criteria).
  3. Complete the online application for admission to the College of Education.


Online Application

Application Deadlines:

October 1st for Spring

February 15th for Fall

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • 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?
    See Testing Requirements for qualifying test scores.
  • What do I do if I don’t have the qualifying sores?
    See Testing Requirements for testing options.
  • Do I have to have my qualifying scores before I apply to the education program?
    No. You will need to submit qualifying test scores by the end of Phase 2.
  • Do I have to have my qualifying scores before I can take any education courses?
    No.  You may enroll in Phase I courses (EDUC 206 & EDUC 207) prior to completing the required tests.
  • 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 abrecht@umw.edu.
  • Do you accept application after the deadline?
    Yes, but late applications will be accepted on a space available basis.

For any questions regarding undergraduate admissions, please contact:

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