Grades Six Through Eight Licensure Program
The middle grades education major is an undergraduate program designed to develop content-area teachers of grades 6-8. In this major, students learn the developmental characteristics of students aged 10 to 14; the social, emotional, physical and intellectual abilities and needs of diverse middle school students; and the design of appropriate cross-disciplinary curriculum and instruction while completing multiple field experiences in local middle school classrooms.
The middle grades education major provides students with course offerings and experiences that form the required foundation for licensure in middle education at James Madison University. Students major in middle grades education while completing at least one licensure content area course requirements in a discipline closely associated with the desired teaching area. The state approved licensure areas in the middle education major at JMU are English, mathematics, science and social studies. Students must earn licensure in one concentration; it is also possible to work toward licensure in two concentrations, In most cases, licensure courses may be counted toward a minor. Licensure endorsements for specialized teaching areas (e.g., algebra I, journalism, TESOL, gifted education) are available as add-on programs. Students interested in pursuing any licensure option must consult with a middle education adviser regarding requirements and scheduling.
Students must earn a grade of “B-” or better in all required courses in the middle education major and earn credit in all licensure area content course work to continue in and complete the licensure area. Both satisfactory completion of the secondary education major and the licensure major are necessary to receive a recommendation through JMU for a teaching license at the middle school level.
Students should consult with a middle grades education adviser as soon as possible (e.g., in the first year) to obtain information concerning completion of General Education, middle education major and licensure area requirements. In addition to declaring the middle grades education major, students must apply for and meet the requirements for admission to teacher education. Students must be fully admitted to teacher education prior to registering for MSSE 240.
Note: Actual teacher licensure requirements may differ from the listed catalog requirements because of changes enacted by the Virginia Department of Education and/or national accrediting agencies. Students are encouraged to confer regularly with their adviser to determine their progress toward graduation.