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Advisor: Cathy Smeltzer Erb
Degree: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science depending on academic major
Semester Hours: 39 education curriculum +17 ESL curriculum
Format: Face-to-face
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.

Entrance and exit requirements including cut-off test scores for all teacher education programs are found in the Teacher Education Handbook or

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, English, History and Social Science, Mathematics, Visual Arts, Health and Physical Education, Foreign Language, and Music) with the exception of PreK-3, PreK-6, and Special Education.

To teach ESL in U.S. public schools, a student must combine an academic major with PreK-12 teacher education courses. 

Professional Studies Courses (38-39 SH)

  • ED 101 Exploring Teaching - Details
  • ED 245 Learning and Classroom Environments - Details
  • ED 252 Learning and Classroom Environments PFE - Details
  • ED 275 Instructional Technology and Assessment - Details
  • ED 301 Needs of Diverse Learners - 3  Details
  • ED 351 General Curriculum and Methods - Details
  • ED 361 Secondary Methods PFE - 1  Details
  • ED 395 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (6-12) - Details  OR ED 343 Content Area Reading and Writing - Details
  • ED 401 Examining Foundations of Education - Details
  • ED 411 Reflective Teaching Seminar and Portfolio - Details
  • ED 461 Elementary Student Teaching - 7  Details
  • ED 462 Middle/High School Student Teaching - Details

Other Licensure Requirement

  • PSYC 202 Developmental Psychology - 3  Details

ESL Curriculum (17 SH)

  • ED 385 Content Area Methods for Middle and Secondary Teaching - Details
  • LING 250 Introduction to Linguistics - Details
  • LING 260 Grammars of English - 3  Details
  • *LING 360 Language Learning, Literacy, and Culture - Details
  • LING 460 Practicum in TESOL - 3  Details
  • foreign language (Intermediate II or above) - 

* indicates the course is offered in alternate years

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