Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Semester Hours: 81 (35 education + 46 art)
Admission Requirements: All students seeking licensure to teach shall make application for admission to teacher education and to student teaching. Application for admission to teacher education is made at the end of the fall semester of the sophomore year and application for admission to student teaching is made at the end of the fall semester of the junior year. Transfer students are required to attend an education department transfer orientation meeting their first semester on campus.
An entry assessment in reading, writing, and mathematics is required for admission to the teacher education program. Students with qualifying SAT/ACT scores or a Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics score of 155 and the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) meet the requirement. The Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) is required for teacher licensure.
The Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) is required for early/primary education (PreK-3), and elementary education (PreK-6). Admission to teacher education requires a 2.5 cumulative GPA and a teacher education interview. Admission to student teaching requires a 2.7 cumulative GPA. In addition, students must have a C or better in all education courses (courses with ED prefix and content area methods courses) to be admitted to student teaching. Exit requirements include meeting the Virginia cut off score requirements for the Praxis Subject Assessment (consisting of subject area components); and an earned GPA of 2.7. Students may obtain an additional endorsement without completing an approved licensure program by passing the Praxis Subject Assessment in the content area (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, History and Social Science, Mathematics, Visual Arts, English as a Second Language, Health and Physical Education, Foreign Language, and Music) with the exception of PreK-3, PreK-6, and Special Education.
Professional Studies Courses (35 SH)
- ED 101 Exploring Teaching - 2 Details
- ED 245 Learning and Classroom Environments - 3 Details
- ED 275 Instructional Technology and Assessment - 3 Details
- ED 301 Needs of Diverse Learners - 3 Details
- ED 351 General Curriculum and Methods for Middle and Secondary Teaching - 1 Details
- ED 395 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (6-12) - 3 Details
- ED 401 Examining Foundations of Education - 2 Details
- ED 411 Reflective Teaching Seminar and Portfolio - 1 Details
- ED 461 Elementary Student Teaching (PreK-6) - 7 Details
- ED 462 Middle/High School Student Teaching (6-12) - 7 Details
- PSYC 202 Developmental Psychology - 3 Details
All ED courses must be passed with a grade of "C" or better.
- VACA 332 Intermediate Ceramics - 2 Details
The first of two art methods courses (VACA 397 Elementary School Art Methods or VACA 398 Secondary School Art Methods) may be taken prior to admission to teacher education. The second art methods course requires admission to teacher education and enrollment in ED 351 General Curriculum and Methods. Both VACA 397 and 398 offer art education majors practicum experiences in local schools. VACA 397 and VACA 398 must be passed with a grade of C or better. Teacher candidates must comply with all teacher education requirements listed in the teacher education section.