Department of Education

The goal of the Department of Education is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions that will prepare them to become effective educators. We prepare educators who will be reflective, collaborative teachers and leaders who are dedicated to impacting K-12 education in an increasingly diverse, technological, and global society and who promote a lifelong commitment to learning. The Department accomplishes this goal by offering high-quality programs that provide experiences designed to respect the diversity of children, their families, and communities.

Students interested in professional education programs are encouraged to begin preparation for the Praxis I test upon entry to the university. The Student Success Center serves as a great resource to assist students in preparing for the test, which is required for program entry.

Students in the Department of Education must meet all entry, continuation and exit requirements. Students should seek advisors in both the Department of Education and the major area to obtain materials outlining requirements.

Program Offerings

The Department of Education offers an experiential focused curriculum leading to the following degrees:

  • Interdisciplinary Studies for Elementary Education (B.A.)
  • Health and Physical Education¬† (B.S.)
  • Secondary Education in Biology, English, Mathematics, or Music (M.T.)
  • Educational research in Gifted Education, Elementary Education, or Montessori Education (M.A.)
  • Educational Leadership (M.A.)¬†
  • Educational Management (Ph.D.)

Graduates

The Department has been highly successful in placing students in various areas of education. Students who graduate from the Department with teaching degrees are approved for licensure in Virginia and may qualify for licensure in 45 other states through reciprocity. Approximately 95% of the students majoring in education receive jobs within their field. The other 5% of the students continue on to graduate schools.

Accreditation

All programs offered in the Department of Education are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). All programs are also approved by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

All students are prepared to pass all national and state professional entry and licensure tests. The Department of Education has been highly successful in placing students in various areas of education.

Students who graduate from the Department with teaching degrees are approved for teaching in 45 states without requiring extra certification courses.