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ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATION PROGRAM 

The Department of Education, Special Education, Social Work, and Communication Disorders offers a 40-credit program in elementary education and in middle school education. Students completing these programs will be licensed to teach in Virginia with an endorsement in nursery school and kindergarten through sixth grade (N, K-6) and/or sixth through eighth grade (6-8).
     The Liberal Studies Major has been designed specifically for students seeking licensure to teach with an Elementary or Middle School Endorsement and is required. Requirements for the B.A. or B.S. Degree in Liberal Studies are listed elsewhere in the Catalog. By carefully planning each semester's course work, students can use their electives to meet the requirements of the 40-credit elementary or middle school education program.. After completing the degree and program requirements, students receive a B.A. or B.S. Degree in Liberal Studies and a license to teach with an endorsement in N, K-6, 6-8; or both.
     Students seeking teacher licensure and majoring in Liberal Studies will be assigned an academic advisor in Liberal Studies or Education. Such students declare Liberal Studies as their major by the end of the sophomore year and inform the Office of Registration that they will be majoring in Liberal Studies and seeking teacher licensure with an Elementary School Endorsement, a Middle School Endorsement or both . 

Elementary Endorsement Requirements
The 40-credit Elementary School program consists of the following education courses:        

EDUC 245 Human Growth and Development/3 credits  
EDUC 260 Introduction to the Teaching Profession/2credits
EDUC 325 Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary School/2 credits  
EDUC 326 Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary Grades (N,K-6)/2 credits
EDUC 450  Principles of Instruction (N,K-8)/2 credits  
EDUC 451 Curriculum in the Elementary School (N,K-6)/2 credits  
Practica: Two practica are required: one on the primary level and one on the middle school level
Take in first session of summer school at end of freshman or sophomore year: 
EDUC 265 Practicum I – Primary or Middle School level/3 credits  
Take fall or spring semester:
EDUC 305 Practicum in Early Childhood/3 credits (Prerequisite: EDUC 265)  
OR
Take in first session of summer school at end of sophomore or junior year: 
EDUC 370 Practicum II – Primary or Middle School Level/3 credits (Prerequisite: EDUC 265)  
EDUC 480 Classroom Assessment/2 credits  
EDUC 484 Media and Technology/1 credit  
EDUC 487 Classroom Management and System Issues/3 credits  
EDUC 489 Survey of Exceptional Children/3 credits  
(All of the above will be taken prior to enrolling in the Professional Semester. A minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA is required. See undergraduate catalog for other requirements.) 

 Professional Semester:  

EDUC 400 Directed Teaching in the Elementary and Middle School /11 credits  
or EDUC 401 Directed Teaching in the Elementary School / 11 credits  
EDUC 488 Education Seminar/1credit  
TOTAL CREDITS/40


Middle School Endorsement Requirements 

Students wishing an endorsement to teach at the middle school level, grades 6-8, must complete in addition to the liberal studies courses above and the 40 credit education component below, designated courses in at least two areas. 

The 40 credit Middle School program consists of the following education courses:           

EDUC 245 Human Growth and Development/3 credits  
EDUC 260 Introduction to the Teaching Profession/2credits 
EDUC 325 Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary School/2 credits  
EDUC 327 Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Middle School Grades (6-8)/2 credits  
EDUC 450  Principles of Instruction (N,K-8) /2 credits  
EDUC 452 Curriculum in the Middle School (6-8)/2 credits  

Practica: Two practica are required: one on the primary level and one on the middle school level

Take in first session of summer school at end of freshman or sophomore year:
EDUC 265 Practicum I – Primary or Middle School level/3 credits  
Take fall or spring semester:
EDUC 305 Practicum in Early Childhood/3 credits (Prerequisite: EDUC 265)  
OR
Take in first session of summer school at end of sophomore or junior year:
EDUC 370 Practicum II – Primary or Middle School Level/3 credits (Prerequisite: EDUC 265)  
EDUC 480 Classroom Assessment/2 credits  
EDUC 484 Media and Technology/1 credit
EDUC 487 Classroom Management and System Issues/3 credits  
EDUC 489 Survey of Exceptional Children/3 credits  
(All of the above will be taken prior to enrolling in the Professional Semester. A minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA is required. See undergraduate catalog for other requirements.)

Professional Semester:

EDUC 400  Directed Teaching in the Elementary and Middle School /11 credits 
or EDUC 405 Directed Teaching in the Middle School / 11 credits  
EDUC 488 Education Seminar/1credit  
TOTAL CREDITS/40

 

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