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Secondary Education

Master's Degree Only

A master's program for teachers who already are licensed in the secondary area improve their classroom teaching strategies and competencies while earning a master's degree in education. Courses cover advanced instructional strategies and techniques, advanced content work, and emphasize action research so significant findings in the learning-teaching process can be applied in the classroom. The program is designed for experienced teachers who want to develop their skills as professional educators or for individuals who want to increase their knowledge and skills in the academic areas of the liberal arts and sciences.

Master's Degree with Licensure

A master's program leading to licensure is offered for individuals who have a bachelor's degree and are not licensed to teach. Students entering this graduate program must already possess a degree in the liberal arts and sciences (or equivalent as outlined by the Commonwealth of Virginia) and must select an area of academic concentration from the following: English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science and History/Social Science, and TESOL. An advisor in the Office of Teacher Education Services can meet with prospective students to evaluate their undergraduate course work and to determine any academic content courses or other prerequisites that may be required.

Graduate course work consists of 31-34 credits in professional education, including classes in foundations of education, instructional strategies for
teaching the selected academic concentration, strategies for teaching reading across the curriculum and research and assessment. The final semester in the program is an internship in a secondary school.

Post-Baccalaureate Endorsement Program

This Post-Baccalaureate Endorsement  program is for a student who has a bachelor's degree and is seeking an initial teaching license for grades 6-12 without getting a master's degree. Students entering this program must have a degree in the liberal arts or sciences (or equivalent as established by the Commonwealth of Virginia) and complete 30 credits of education classes which includes a fourteen week student teaching experience. Students who do not have a degree in the liberal arts or sciences may need to take additional academic course work to meet the Virginia standards. An advisor in the Office of Teacher Education Services will meet with prospective students to evaluate their undergraduate course work and to determine any academic content courses or prerequisites which may be required.