Department of Education Admission Information

Entry, Continuation and Completion (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Entry to the Interdisciplinary Studies for Elementary Education Program is a process that begins with the declaration of this projected major upon admission to the University. The Office of Freshman Studies will utilize the approved course/program sequence to advise the student on initial courses appropriate to the program through the freshman year. Freshman students will meet with Department of Education faculty and staff during the first semester for a complete description of the Interdisciplinary Studies for Elementary Education program, program require­ments, procedures, and expectations.

Students will make application for admission to the Teacher Education Program during the sophomore or junior year.


Upon completion of the sophomore year, candidates apply for admission into Hampton University's state approved teacher preparation program. Applicants are to meet the following cri­teria in order to be officially accepted into the Department of Education teacher preparation programs.

  • The student must successfully complete 45 hours of course­work.
  • The student must possess an overall GPA of at least 2.5 in all courses.
  • The student must earn a grade of C or better in the following courses:
    • ENG 101 and ENG 102
    • COM 103
    • MAT 109 and 110 or higher
  • The student must achieve a passing score on the Praxis I.
  • The student must submit the "Why I Want to Teach" statement.
  • The student must complete the "Dispositions Survey."
  • The student must submit a current unofficial copy of his/her transcript.
  • The student must submit two sealed reference forms.

Each semester the Professional Education Admissions Committee will evaluate the applications, and the candidates will be notified in writing whether they have been accepted or denied admission into the teacher preparation program. If stu­dents are not admitted into the Program, they will need to com­plete any unmet requirements before reapplying to the program.


Continuation in the Interdisciplinary Studies for Elementary Education Program requires successful completion of major coursework with a grade of C or better, the maintenance of at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average, and passing the Praxis II: Specialty Examination, the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA), the Virginia Reading Assessment (VRA), and Child Abuse Certification. Failure to accomplish these requirements will result in probationary sta­tus. The conditions of probationary status and time lines for full reinstatement will be determined by the department chair. No student will be allowed more than two semesters in probation­ary status without dismissal from the Interdisciplinary Studies for Elementary Education Program. Students may apply or peti­tion for re­entry upon meeting the requirements for continua­tion.

Upon completion of the continuation requirements, candidates will enter clinical practice and complete the student teaching experience. Candidates will be assessed throughout the student teaching experience. At the end of the student teaching experience, candidates meeting all requirements will exit from clinical practice.

Candidates who do not achieve passing scores on state required assessments will not be allowed to student teach.

Master of Arts in Education and Master of Teaching

The Master of Arts in Education program is targeted to meet the needs of individuals who already possess initial teacher licensure. Distinct tracks are offered in the following three areas: Elementary Education, Montessori Education and Gifted Education. This program is only available through the Graduate College in collaboration with the Division of Professional Education in the College of Education and Continuing Studies.

Admissions requirements include the following:

  • Application for Admission to the Graduate College
  • Payment of Application Fee (currently $35.00)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Copy of teaching license. The course requirements are listed below for each track.