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Elementary Education PreK-6 Initial Licensure

A best practice review is currently underway in this program - applications are not being accepted at this time.


The Graduate Elementary Education PreK-6 Initial Licensure (GEIL) concentration is designed for individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree in any discipline and wish to become an elementary teacher (preK-6). GEIL completers receive a Master of Science degree in addition to being eligible for elementary PreK-6 licensure. This MS concentration incorporates extensive pedagogical training in all areas of the elementary curriculum as well as multiple clinical placements in authentic elementary classrooms. The 48-credit Graduate Elementary Initial Licensure concentration is described below.

Passing scores on Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators OR equivalent SAT/ACT scores OR passing scores on VCLA plus Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: mathematics score or SAT/ACT math score, are required for admission and passing scores on all elementary licensure tests are required prior to enrollment in the Graduate Directed Teaching/Professional Semester (EDUC 689). Clinical placements are coordinated through the Office of Professional Services. Visit the Office of Professional Services website for complete information on requirements for the clinical experiences.  

General Studies Credit Requirements

In order to complete this concentration and be eligible for elementary licensure, candidates must also submit fifty-seven (57) credits of general studies at the undergraduate or graduate level, which can include credits earned in their baccalaureate degree. These fifty-seven credits must consist of 12 credits in English (grammar & composition, oral communication, and literature); 15 credits in history and social sciences (US history, world history, economics, geography, and psychology); 6 credits in humanities (philosophy and the arts); 12 credits in mathematics (algebra/calculus, geometry, and probability & statistics); and 12 credits in natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science).

Candidates must meet all current Virginia Department of Education licensure requirements in order to be eligible for licensure.



Newly admitted students are assigned the appropriate advisor. The assignment of the advisor generally is not changed unless the student changes his/her degree program. Prior to registration, students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding course selection and sequence, career goals, and relevant academic policies. Although the academic advisor assists students with curriculum decisions and options, the student bears full responsibility for meeting graduation requirements.

NOTE: Students are cautioned to work closely with their advisors in planning their studies since some courses have prerequisites and are sequenced to begin with the fall semester.


Program Requirements for the Master's Degree

  • EDUC 506 Contemporary Social Issues in American Education (3)
  • EDUC 508 Introduction to Elementary Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (3)
  • EDUC 521 Human Growth and Development (3)
  • EDUC 524 Emergent and Early Literacy Instruction (3)
  • EDUC 527 Strategies for Students who Struggle with Literacy (3)
  • EDUC 529 Teaching Comprehension Strategies (3)
  • EDUC 544 Social Sciences in the Elementary School (3)
  • EDUC 547 Instructional Media & Computer Technology in the Classroom (3)
  • EDUC 550 Classroom & Behavior Management for PreK-12 Teachers (3)
  • EDUC 573 Inquiry into the Classroom Community (3)
  • MUSC 548 Integrated Arts in the Elementary School (3)
  • SCED 562 Teaching Science in the Elementary School (3)
  • SPED 515 Survey of Exceptional Students (3)
  • MAED 623 Teaching Mathematics in Grades K-8 (3)
  • EDUC 689 Graduate Directed Teaching/Professional Semester in the Elementary School (6)
  • EDUC 699 Comprehensive Examination (0)



Program Coordinators

Dr. Maynard

Dr. Katrina Maynard 

Associate Professor
210 Hull
434.395. 2333


Dr. Miller

Dr. Sara Miller

Assistant Professor
213 Hull