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Secondary Education Programs

Masters of Science in Education for Licensed Teachers

Secondary 6-12

The graduate programs in Secondary Education are designed for licensed teachers to improve and update professional competency in teaching at the secondary level. Licensed teachers completing the program enhance their ability to teach effectively and to participate in educational research in their schools. Completion of requirements leads to upgrading of the teaching license to the Postgraduate Professional level. Library endorsement for licensed teachers may be obtained in this program (See separate listing.) Non-degree students intending to enter this graduate program must meet with the Secondary Education Graduate Program Director upon completion of no more than six graduate credits.

Admission

Students must meet all of the following:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree
  • Hold the Virginia Collegiate Professional License or an equivalent license from another state preferably in secondary education
  • Have an overall grade point average of 2.80
  • Achieve a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test
  • Submit an application for admission

Performance in classes taken as a non-degree student will not be taken into consideration in the admission process. Under certain circumstances, applicants who do not fully meet the requirements for regular admission to the program may be admitted on a provisional basis subject to conditions specified by the graduate program director for secondary education.

Continuance

Students must:

  • Maintain an overall grade point average of 3.00
  • Maintain a grade point average of 3.00 in the major

Exit

Students must:

  • Have a 3.00 grade point average
  • Have a 3.00 grade point average in the major
  • Pass a written comprehensive examination
  • Have an exit interview
  • Have completed all course requirements
  • Apply for graduation

Master's Degree Program with Initial State Licensure

For individuals who have earned a non-teaching Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and wish to qualify for the initial Virginia teaching license in grades 6-12th .

Admission

  • Earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.80
  • Passing score on Praxis I or equivalent scores on SAT or ACT as prescribed by the Virginia Board of Education
  • Passing Scores on either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogy Test (MAT)
  • Submit the Graduate Studies Application for admission on-line by the established deadline (schedule an appointment in the Office of Teacher Education Services and Advising with program advisor, 757-683-3348)

Program Curriculum by Concentration

Continuance

  • Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.00
  • Passing score on Praxis II for the appropriate Secondary Education content area:
    • Biology: Content Knowledge, Test Code 0235, passing score of 155
    • Chemistry: Content Knowledge, Test Code 0245, passing score of 153
    • English: Content Knowledge, Test Code 0041, passing score of 172
    • Earth Science: Content Knowledge, Test Code 0571, passing score of 156
    • Mathematics: Content Knowledge, Test Code 0061, passing score of 147
    • Social Studies: Content Knowledge, Test Code 0081, passing score of 161
    • Physics: Content Knowledge, Test Code 0265, passing score of 147
  • Passing score of 470 on the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) Code 091 and 092
  • Complete all course work required in your program of study with at least a C-
  • Complete all course work within 6 years of initial enrollment
  • Pass the written Comprehensive Exam
  • Submit the teacher candidate internship application for student teaching placements in accordance with the established deadlines

Exit

  • Passing grade on the teacher candidate internship
  • Passing grade on the professional portfolio

Post-Baccalaureate Endorsement Program

For individuals who have earned a non-teaching Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and wish to qualify for the initial Virginia teaching license in grades 6- 12th in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, Mathematics, Physics, and Social Studies .

Admission:

  • Earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.75
  • Passing score on Praxis I or equivalent scores on SAT, ACT, or VCLA/combination as prescribed by the Virginia Board of Education
  • Go to Non-degree Admissions and submit the Application for Non-degree Entry and Application for In-state Tuition to the Office of Admissions. Read "General Information"
  • Submit the Post-Baccalaureate Endorsement Application (schedule an appointment in the Office of Teacher Education Services and Advising with program advisor, 757-683-3348)

Program Curriculum by Concentration

Continuance:

Must be met prior to the start of the teacher candidate internship semester.

  • Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.75
  • Passing score on Praxis II for the appropriate Secondary content:
  • Biology: Content Knowledge, Test Code 0235, passing score of 155
  • Chemistry: Content Knowledge, Test Code 0245, passing score of 153
  • Earth Science: Content Knowledge, Test Code 0571, passing score of 156
  • English: Content Knowledge, Test Code 0041, passing score of 172
  • Mathematics: Content Knowledge, Test Code 0061, passing score of 147
  • Physics: Content Knowledge, Test Code 0265, passing score of 147
  • Social Studies: Content Knowledge, Test Code 0081, passing score of 161
  • Passing score of 470 on the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) Code 091 and 092
  • Complete all course work required in your program of study with at least a C-
  • Submit the teacher candidate internship application for student teaching placement in accordance with the established deadlines.

Exit

  • Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.75
  • Passing score on Praxis II for the appropriate Secondary content:
  • Biology: Content Knowledge, Test Code 0235, passing score of 155
  • Chemistry: Content Knowledge, Test Code 0245, passing score of 153
  • Earth Science: Content Knowledge, Test Code 0571, passing score of 156
  • English: Content Knowledge, Test Code 0041, passing score of 172
  • Mathematics: Content Knowledge, Test Code 0061, passing score of 147
  • Physics: Content Knowledge, Test Code 0265, passing score of 147
  • Social Studies: Content Knowledge, Test Code 0081, passing score of 161
  • Passing score of 470 on the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) Code 091 and 092
  • Complete all course work required in your program of study with at least a C-
  • Submit the teacher candidate internship application for student teaching placement in accordance with the established deadlines.

Program Requriements

Students enrolled in secondary programs are expected to be dedicated to the goal of becoming master classroom teachers or librarians; therefore, evidence that a student has reached this goal must be presented before graduation is certified. A minimum of 30 semester credits is required for completion of any program planned. If a graduate student elects to add other goals to the program, such as becoming a secondary education supervisor, then the program may require additional credits

After admission to provisional or regular degree status, each student is assigned a permanent advisor from the Darden College of Education's graduate faculty. It is the student's responsibility to confer with the assigned advisor. The advisor will be well acquainted with the emphasis area the student has chosen and will be responsible for helping the student develop a program of study that best meets the student's needs. This proposed program of study becomes the student's graduate program upon approval of the graduate program director, and can be changed only with the advice and consent of both the faculty advisor and the student. Because of the individualized nature of graduate programs in secondary education, good working relationships between faculty advisors and students are essential.

For more information contact Dr. Bob Lucking, 683-5545