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 I OR equivalent SAT/ACT scores OR passing scores on VCLA plus Praxis I math or SAT/ACT math, 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 for GEIL 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 the GEIL 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.