Master of Education (M.Ed.) with Initial Teacher Licensure

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The Master of Education with Initial Teacher Licensure Program within the College of Education is designed for adults who have earned a bachelor’s degree and want to obtain teaching credentials. The M.Ed. program is designed to meet the needs of adult learners, with courses offered in the evenings, on weekends, and in blended and online formats.

The primary goal of the program is to ensure that teacher candidates, through support, supervision, and evaluation, can demonstrate and apply the competencies enumerated in the Virginia Licensure Regulations and demonstrated by skillful teachers. The program requires the basic course work and field experiences prescribed by the Virginia Licensure Regulations for an initial teaching license but establishes, through advising, a personalized plan to ensure that all teaching and subject knowledge competencies are demonstrated and all standards are met.

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A list of FAQs regarding teacher licensure

Recommended filing dates for the M.Ed. with Teacher Licensure program:

Recommended filing dates are designed to give newly admitted students an optimal opportunity for class registration. We will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis after these dates.

Fall session: APRIL 15

Spring session: SEPTEMBER 15

Summer session: FEBRUARY 15

*All applicants applying for a residential Graduate Assistant position with the Student Affairs department MUST apply for Fall admission by MARCH 1.  


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  • Application for Admission and a non-refundable $50 application fee; APPLY ONLINE AND HAVE YOUR $50 APPLICATION FEE WAIVED!
  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • An official transcript (in its original sealed envelope or via secure e-transcript sent directly from the institution) from every college or university you’ve attended even if the courses were transferred to another institution
  • Competitive applicants are encouraged to have a cumulative grade-point average (G.P.A.) of 2.5 or higher on undergraduate course work, a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. on graduate course work
  • A résumé outlining experiences and education. In addition to your paid work experience, please include all volunteer experience related to education – for example, coaching, teaching religious education, working with Scouts, volunteering in a school, etc. Candidates who have completed their bachelor’s degree in the past 12 months and do not have three years of work experience must complete the M.Ed.
  • An interview may be required
  • Passing PRAXIS Core scores —reading, writing, and mathematics—tests (or qualifying SAT or ACT scores.) For a complete list of qualifying tests that will meet this requirement, please click here.  To make sure you send your scores to us, UMW’s Code for the Praxis series is 5394.
  • Submit two essays (2-3 typed, double-spaced pages each):
    • Why are you seeking teaching credentials? Why do you feel qualified to teach the subject/grade level of the endorsement you seek?
    • Discuss a current issue in education, why you think it is important, and your stance on it.
  • For International Students: Please submit the Request for Form I-20 (for F-1 visa candidates), International Transcript Evaluation, and demonstration of English Language Proficiency.

Degree requirements, continuance requirements, readmission requirements and course descriptions can be found in the academic catalog here.

A limited number of seats are available for non-degree students. You may begin the program as a non-degree student if you have an application in progress. Teachers with provisional or conditional licenses who need a course, currently licensed teachers who need to take a course for license renewal, and other students who only need 1-2 courses are also allowed to take courses as non-degree students. For more information on the non-degree option, contact Connie Gallahan, the Assistant Dean of Advising for the College of Education, at 540/286-8030 or

Selection Criteria

The admission process recognizes candidates with distinguished achievements in one or more of the admissions criteria or on the strength and balance of their records in all areas. A wide range of criteria is considered including:

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  • Experience with children and adolescents
  • Essays
  • Commitment to teaching
  • Personal qualities
  • Life and work experiences
  • Ability to teach in the endorsement area sought
  • Performance on traditional course work (except for Special Education and TESL, which are taken at UMW)
  • Match between coursework and endorsement requirements
    • Applicants MUST BE within 15 credits (5 courses) of completing their undergraduate ENDORSEMENT REQUIREMENTS before they are eligible for consideration (except for TESL and Special Education candidates).
    • Applicants interested in a Middle School endorsement MUST BE within 9 credits (3 courses) of completing their concentration area before they are eligible for consideration.
    • Not sure whether you’re within an acceptable range of completing your endorsement?  Come to one of our regularly scheduled Endorsement Workshops!