Three Steps to Complete EMU’s Teacher Education Program

You can declare an education major as soon as you begin college, but by your sophomore year you must apply for admission to the formal education program by November 30 of the sophomore year or junior year for transfer students. Here is step one.

Your junior year you apply for admission to student teaching.

Here are the final steps for students ready to complete the program. All the requirements for getting a teaching license in Virginia are embedded within the education program.

After you get a Virginia teaching license you can use this to obtain a license in another state. There may be other requirements in other states so working with your advisor is very important.

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 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:
    • meet the Virginia SAT/ACT Qualifying Scores for Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test.
    • pass the Reading, Writing, and Mathematics sections of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test.
    • pass the Mathematics section of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test test with a score of 150 or higher AND pass the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)with a score of 470 or higher.
      The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators 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. You must submit a copy of your examinee score report 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, scholarship and inquiry, 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 is needed for student 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 or the academic year prior to your student teaching placement. 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.
  • demonstrate dispositions of personal and professional responsibility, caring about relationships in learning communities, scholarship and inquiry, 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 a negative Tuberculosis screening and 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.
  • take the Praxis II: Specialty Area Examination (Praxis II) required for Virginia Licensure and/or your EMU program prior to student teaching.
    • Health and Physical Education candidates student teaching in the spring may take Praxis II in January of their student teaching semester and must submit proof of registration prior to student teaching.
    • Special Education candidates student teaching in the spring may take the Praxis II in January of their student teaching semester, or may take the Praxis II in April of their student teaching semester if registered for the RVE in January and must submit proof of registration prior to student teaching.
    • For those seeking certification in more than one program area, one Praxis II examination is required as indicated above, and additional Praxis II examinations must be taken and passed prior to program completion.
      See 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 certification or training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation,and the use of automated external defibrillators. The certification or training program shall be based on the current national evidence-based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator, such as a program developed by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.
  • Write and submit three copies each of an introductory letter and a resume by March 31 prior to the student teaching semester. A set will be given to each supervising teacher and one set will be placed in your student file.
  • 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:

  • have taken the Praxis II: Specialty Area Examination for each licensure area.
  • 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 university consultant in conjunction with the cooperating teacher.
  • submit a Student Teaching Portfolio in ED 411 and achieve a passing score on each assignment.
  • demonstrate proficiency in meeting Virginia Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel.
  • complete certification or training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation,and the use of automated external defibrillators. The certification or training program shall be based on the current national evidence-based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator, such as a program developed by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.
  • complete the application for a Virginia teaching license.