Graduate students in the Elementary School Teaching M.A.E.d. program complete a 45-semester hour program that includes educational foundations course work, methods courses in elementary school subject fields, and student teaching experiences.
The Elementary Education program leads to initial certification and is open to, and only to, people who are not already certified. This program is designed as a full-time, 12-month (summer, fall, spring) program in which students complete all requirements in a cohort group. Classes typically begin the day after Memorial Day and the program concludes in May of the following year.
This program is organized so that full-time students complete 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 also allows more group discussion and university instructor feedback about their teaching experiences.
General Education Licensure Requirements
In addition to the program in Elementary Education, you must also satisfy the state's general education licensure requirements. To be eligible for the K-6 license, you must have completed at least three college credits in each of the following areas:
- Social Science
- Science with accompanying lab
This may have been completed as part of your bachelor's degree, but these courses can be taken at any accredited institution and may be taken pass/fail. It is recommended that you have a bachelor's degree in a liberal arts and sciences discipline to apply to this program, but it is not required.
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.
Elementary Program Director
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