Secondary Education

The Secondary School Teaching M.A.Ed. programs includes educational foundations course work, methods and curriculum courses relevant to their teaching specialty, clinical and student teaching experiences. Students must have completed a baccalaureate degree in the arts and sciences discipline they wish to teach or have the equivalent in coursework in the discipline, plus satisfy all state requirements for endorsement in that teaching field. Teaching endorsement in Virginia will include grades 6-12.

This program is supported by having full-time students completing the program according to a set three semester course sequence. Students also have important field experiences prior to their student teaching semester. Because these students will be placed in the same school for fall and spring semester, they will be better prepared for their ten week student teaching experience. The seminar that accompanies student teaching allows more group discussion and university instructor feedback about their teaching experiences.

The Secondary Education programs lead to initial certification and is open to, and only to, people who are not already certified.

Secondary Education - Subject Area Endorsement Contacts






Dr. Lindy Johnson



Foreign Language

Dr. Jason Chen




Dr. Margie Mason




Dr. Meredith Kier



Social Studies

Dr. Jeremy Stoddard



Licensure Testing Requirements

Students are required to achieve passing scores on assessments prescribed by the VA State Board of Education, both for program completion and for licensure. Information about testing requirements can be found on the Office of Teacher Education and Professional Services website.

First Aid , CPR and AED Training Licensure Requirement

Students seeking licensure in Virginia will need to complete training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of automated external defibrillators.  Students will need to provide documentation of completion of this training, which is usually an official card.  Training courses are offered by the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association.