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  Oct 18, 2017
 
 
    
2017-18 Graduate Catalog

Education, Middle School Education (Grades 6-8) Concentration, M.A.T.


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Admission Criteria

To be considered for admission to the Middle Education M.A.T. degree program, candidates must have:

  • Satisfied all requirements for admission to teacher education.
  • Submitted Virginia passing Praxis Subject Assessment scores for at least one content area to the JMU Education Support Center prior to beginning more than six hours of M.A.T. graduate coursework.
  • Submitted Virginia passing Praxis Subject Assessment scores in two content areas to the JMU Education Support Center prior to beginning more than 12 hours of M.A.T. graduate course work.
  • Exhibited and demonstrated personal qualities and dispositions that reflect effective development as a professional educator.
  • Satisfied all requirements for admission to The Graduate School, including:
    • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in IDLS from JMU or its equivalent
    • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Post-baccalaureate students must submit Virginia passing scores on the Praxis Subject Assessment for both intended licensure areas and passing scores on the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment upon application to JMU.

All candidates in the middle school education M.A.T. program must have an undergraduate major or its equivalent in interdisciplinary liberal studies (IDLS) from JMU. The IDLS program, with its expanded approach to the general education core, and its dual concentrations in English, social sciences, the natural sciences or mathematics, meets the licensure requirements for a two-subject endorsement for teachers licensed in middle school education.

Program Mission and Outcomes

The mission of the middle school education M.A.T. program is to prepare highly qualified professionals for educational roles in middle schools through advanced coursework and field experiences.

These school professionals will:

  • design and deliver curricula that effectively impact student learning;
  • integrate technology in learning settings;
  • value diversity of faculty and students in the school;
  • collaborate with colleagues, parents and others;
  • be reflective practitioners who continually evaluate their actions; and
  • value lifelong learning, engage in professional development and conduct educational research.

The Master of Arts in Teaching in middle school education is designed to lead to initial teacher licensure with endorsements in two content areas. The fifth-year format forms the last phase of the five-year teacher licensure programs. This format is designed to serve candidates who have completed the appropriate prerequisite requirements in an undergraduate education program at JMU. Candidates should check with their adviser frequently to be apprised of changes in the offerings and requirements listed that may affect them.

Degree Requirements

As undergraduates, candidates must first complete 37 credit hours of middle education pre-professional course work along with the IDLS major. All middle education pre-professional course work must be completed with grades of "B-" or better with the exception of PSYC 160 which must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Candidates must apply to and be admitted to graduate school for the Middle Education M.A.T. program (see Admission Criteria). Finally, candidates must complete 32 hours of graduate course work which includes student teaching and a final research project.

Undergraduate Degree Requirements


First and/or Second Year


  • EDUC 300. Foundations of American Education 3 Credit Hours (must be completed with a grade of "B-" or higher)
  • MSSE 101. Orientation to the Profession 1 Credit Hour
  • PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development 3 Credit Hours

Third Year


The following courses must be completed with grades of "B-" or higher:

  • EDUC 310. Teaching in a Diverse Society 3 Credit Hours
  • MIED 311. Field Experience in Middle Education 2 Credit Hours
  • READ 312. Reading and Writing across the Curriculum in the Middle Grades 3 Credit Hours
    (EDUC 310, MIED 311, and READ 312 are corequisites for middle education pre-professional students)
  • MSSE 370. General Instructional Methods for Grades 6-12 3 Credit Hours
  • MSSE 371. Clinical Experience in Adolescent Education 1 Credit Hours
    (MSSE 370 and MSSE 371 are corequisites for middle education pre-professional students)

Fourth Year


  • READ 472. Literacy, Assessment, and Instruction in Content Areas for the Middle Grades 3 Credit Hours
  • EXED 460. Differentiation of Instruction 3 Credit Hours

Students complete two of the courses below based on their IDLS concentration areas (3 credits each): 6 Credit Hours


  • MSSE 470E. Methods in English/Language Arts for the Middle School
  • MSSE 470H. Methods in Social Studies for the Middle School
  • MSSE 470S. Methods in Science for the Middle School
  • MSSE 470M. Methods in Mathematics for the Middle School

Students complete the following course twice based on their IDLS concentration areas (3 credits each): 6 Credit Hours


  • MSSE 471. Field Experience in Middle Education

Total: 37 Credit Hours


Total: 32 Credit Hours


The Post-Baccalaureate Entry Option


This program is for candidates who hold a bachelor's and/or master's degree in an appropriate academic content area and wish to be licensed to teach in that area.

Additional Admission Criteria


Candidates admitted to this program of study are expected to have completed an arts and sciences undergraduate major from an accredited college or university with a 2.7 grade-point average or above (on a 4.0 scale). Candidates are required to provide transcript evidence that they have completed liberal studies and specialty area courses comparable in content and total hours to those expected of an undergraduate major at JMU. Candidates in the middle education program must have the requisite content coursework in two areas (mathematics, sciences, language arts, social science). Those applicants not having such coursework will be required to complete any specifically required undergraduate-level general education and/or subject matter content courses under terms of provisional admission to graduate study as a non-degree-seeking candidate.

Candidates must also submit Virginia passing scores on the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) and Praxis Subject Assessment in the intended licensure areas and meet all requirements of admission to The Graduate School. Candidates must complete all undergraduate middle education and content area prerequisite coursework prior to enrolling in M.A.T. graduate coursework.

Candidates must also apply to and be admitted to teacher education at JMU. Candidates must initiate their application by contacting the Department of Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education. Criteria for admission to teacher education are described in the Undergraduate Catalog.

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