Three Steps to Complete EMU’s Teacher Education Program

Go to STEP 1: Admission to Teacher Education
Go to STEP 2: Admission to Student Teaching
Go to STEP 3: Exit Requirements

Step 1: Admission to teacher education

For admission to the teacher education program at EMU you must make formal application for admission by November 30 of the sophomore year or junior year for transfer students. These applications are acted upon by the Teacher Education Admissions Committee based on consideration of the following criteria:

  • complete ED 101 Exploring Teaching, or its equivalent with a C or better.
  • pass the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA). The VCLA test is a Virginia Licensure requirement designed to assess entry-level academic competency and must be taken in Virginia as identified in registration materials. You must submit a copy of your official examinee score report to the education department. You are responsible for all test fees.
    Register for VCLA
  • pass the basic skills assessment in one of the following ways:
    • pass the Reading, Writing, and Mathematics sections of the Praxis I Test with a composite score of 532 or higher.
    • meet the Virginia SAT/ACT Qualifying Scores for Praxis I
    • pass the Mathematics section of the Praxis I test with a score of 178 or higher AND pass the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)with a score of 470 or higher.
      The Praxis I test is designed to assess entry-level academic competency and can be taken at James Madison University or other Education Testing Services (ETS) testing sites as identified in registration materials. When registering for Praxis I, you should select EMU as the institutional score recipient so ETS will forward test scores to the education department. You are responsible for all test fees.
      See Virginia Test Score Requirements | Register for Praxis
  • submit a Teacher Education application by November 30.
  • read and acknowledge an understanding of the Virginia Licensure Regulations for School Personnel.
  • demonstrate dispositions of personal and professional responsibility, caring about relationships in learning communities, and reflective practice as evidenced by academic, teacher education, and character recommendations.
  • have physical and mental health sufficient for the tasks to be performed as indicated by the results of a health examination signed by EMU Health Center nurse or by a physician.
  • maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5. (2.7 GPA is required for admission to Supervised Teaching)
  • achieve a C or better in all education courses (courses with an ED/EDS prefix) to be admitted to Student Teaching.
  • complete a Teacher Education Admission Portfolio by February 1. A fee for the portfolio is required.
  • complete a teacher education interview in February.

Step 2: Admission to student teaching

In order to student teach, you must complete an application by November 30 of your junior year. These applications are acted upon by the Teacher Education Admissions Committee based on consideration of the following criteria:

  • be admitted to teacher education and remain in good standing according to the Teacher Education admissions criteria.
  • achieve and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7
  • achieve a C or better in all education courses (with an ED/EDS prefix)
  • complete an application for admission to student teaching by November 30. Write and submit three copies each of an autobiography and a resume. A set will be given to each supervising teacher and one set will be placed in your permanent file.
  • demonstrate dispositions of personal and professional responsibility, caring about relationships in learning communities, and reflective practice as evidenced by academic, teacher education, and character recommendations.
  • meet with the Coordinator of Field Experience or the Chair of Undergraduate Teacher Education for a student teaching placement interview in January.
  • have physical and mental health sufficient for the tasks to be performed as indicated by the results of a health examination signed by the EMU campus nurse or a physician. Prior to the beginning of the student teaching semester, candidates must submit a copy of a negative Tuberculosis screening test.
  • take the Praxis II: Specialty Area Examination required for Virginia Licensure and/or your EMU program and the Praxis II: Reading for Virginia Educators exam (if required) prior to student teaching. Health & Physical Education and Special Education candidates may take Praxis II: Specialty Area Examination in January if they are student teaching in spring semester.
    Virginia Test Score Requirements | Register for Praxis
  • achieve a score of 2 or higher on designated criteria in the lesson plan rubric from designated program courses. Students are given the opportunity within two designated courses to master the criteria at least once.
  • achieve a score of “acceptable” or higher on each criteria in section E of the practicum evaluation from designated program courses. Students are given the opportunity within two designated courses to master the criteria at least once.
  • complete the background check requirement of the school division(s) in which you will student teach by the date required (dates will vary depending on the school division).

Students must be admitted to teacher education by July 1, prior to the academic year they wish to student teach.

Step 3: Exit requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements for your academic major, each student who completes the Teacher Education Program must satisfy the following exit requirements:

  • meet the Virginia State cut-off score requirements for the Praxis II: Specialty Area Examination and the Praxis II: Reading for Virginia Educators exam (if required).
    Virginia Test Score Requirements
  • maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 through the final semester and achieve a C or better in all education courses (with an ED/EDS prefix).
  • successfully complete student teaching as determined by the cooperating teacher in conjunction with the university consultant.
  • submit a Student Teaching Portfolio including documentation of student learning during the student teaching semester and achieve a “2” or better on all criteria.
  • demonstrate proficiency in meeting Virginia Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel.
  • complete the application for a Virginia teaching license.