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Teacher Education – Elementary and Middle School

Discover a career that connects you with others and enables you to make a difference for  future generations. Become a teacher.

Shenandoah University’s Undergraduate Elementary, PK-6 and Elementary/Middle School Program, PK-8 is for students who desire to teach at the elementary or middle school level. Teacher education programs at Shenandoah University are approved by the Virginia State Board of Education and Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC/CAEP).

What Our Program Offers You

What Our Students Learn/Skills you will acquire

Shenandoah University’s comprehensive Professional Studies Certificate program prepares you to be an effective elementary or middle school teacher. You’ll complete coursework necessary to earn Virginia licensure (coursework can be adapted for teachers who are provisionally licensed), and spend 300-500 hours gaining hands-on classroom experience. Classes are available at two campuses or online and taught by faculty who hold terminal degrees and K-12 teaching licenses. Our programs are fully accredited by TEAC/CAEP.

You’ll construct an e-portfolio, create a Teacher Work Sample and complete assignments that align directly with “the real world.” Through Shenandoah’s program, you’ll learn how to: 

  • plan developmentally appropriate lessons
  • assess learning
  • differentiate instruction
  • manage a classroom
  • integrate technology into the curriculum
  • identify successful strategies for teaching and learning

The program will also develop your skills in:

  • content knowledge
  • pedagogy
  • caring teaching
  • multicultural perspectives
  • learning to learn
  • technology

What makes our program unique?

A strong component of the Elementary/Middle School Teacher Education Program is a partnership with  local schools where university students meet for class lectures and work directly with students and teachers in the school setting. University students begin observing in classrooms early in the program and advance to working as tutors, teaching large and small groups, and conducting classroom research.

Our program is student-centered, with plenty of access to faculty and advisers. With the variety of class delivery options available, you’ll find our program to be both user-friendly and perfect for working adults with families.

Teacher Benefits

Our program allows you to:

  • be selected as a Teacher of Promise, whose foundation seeks to recognize and support the best prospective public school teachers in the United States
  • win a Strong Scholar scholarship (worth $5,000)
  • participate in the Student Virginia Education Association (SVEA), which provides a host of benefits

Information on teaching opportunities in Virginia can be found at the Virginia Department of Education.

Course Requirements

Course Title Hrs.
PSY 220  Child Development  3
EDU 221 Child Development Lab  1
EDU 301 Orientation to Teaching/Practicum 3
MCM 270 Practicum in Instructional Technology & Media 3
EDU 322 Creative Arts 2
EDU 324 Language Arts 9
EDU 336 Reasoning Skills I: Science 3
EDU 337 Reasoning Skills II: Mathematics  3
EDU 345 Methods & Management in Elementary/Middle School 3
EDU 346 Methods & Assessments in Elementary/Middle School 3
RDG 424 The Diagnostic Teaching of Reading 3
RDG 425 Reading & Writing in the Content Area 3
Pass PRAXIS II requirement before student teaching
EDU 461 Student Teaching in the Elementary & Middle School 9
  Total 45*

*Teacher endorsement area requirements may be satisfied through transcript analysis by the Education Department Faculty.  The outcome of this analysis may be possible recommendations for supplementary coursework in order for students to achieve compliance with Virginia Department of Education regulations.

In addition to the regular admissions process, students applying to teacher education programs in Virginia must pass state-mandated standardized tests such as Praxis I. 

Students in the College of Arts & Sciences seeking to become licensed as teachers take courses in Arts & Sciences as the predominant part of their first two years at the university.  Upon completion of EDU 301 – Orientation to Teaching, students apply to the School of Education & Human Development (SEHD) for admission.  

The Teacher Education Program application process . . .  Page 212 bullet number 2) omit the GPA 2.9 in the major


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