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Undergraduate Programs

Admission Requirements: In addition to the university's admission requirements, applicants to the undergraduate teaching licensure programs must do the following to be considered for acceptance into the program:

  • notify their major advisor of intent to pursue licensure during the student's freshman or sophomore year;
  • complete ED 200SL Foundations of Teaching and Learning during the student's sophomore year with a grade of C or better;
  • have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5;
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the major for secondary programs;
  • submit an application for the teacher licensure program upon completion of ED 200SL;
  • submit two references;
  • submit an essay on a provided topic;
  • submit evidence of math competency;
  • submit a résumé; and
  • present passing scores, as set by the Virginia Department of Education, for the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) (Passing scores are required in both the reading and writing sections or composite score.)

Refer to the Undergraduate Teacher Candidate Handbook, available through the School of Education, for further information.

Legal Limitations of Practice: The practice of teaching is regulated by state laws. Questions concerning licensure in a specific state should be directed to that state’s board of education. Students may be required to submit a national criminal background check before being placed in field experiences or as a student teacher. The student must pay the cost of the investigation.

Minimum Grade Requirements: For successful program completion, a minimum grade of C is necessary in all required professional studies (education) courses.

Transfer Policy: Transfer students must be enrolled in ED 200SL before applying to the program.

Teaching Licensure Programs: The program of studies for each teaching licensure program is described in the major discipline section of this catalog. Students in the following programs will fulfill the curriculum requirements of the respective discipline — earning a degree in that field — and complete all professional studies requirements needed for Virginia licensure, including field experience and student teaching:

Art with K-12 Teaching Licensure (B.A. in art) — See art under School of Design and Art for program requirements.

Biology with Secondary (grades 6-12) Teaching Licensure (B.S. or B.A. in biology) — See biology for program requirements.

Elementary Education (grades PK-6) Licensure (B.A. in elementary education) — See elementary education for program requirements.

English with Secondary (grades 6-12) Teaching Licensure (B.A. in English) — See English under School of Humanities for program requirements.

History/Social Science with Secondary (grades 6-12) Teaching Licensure (B.A. in history) — See history under School of Humanities for program requirements.

Mathematics with Secondary (grades 6-12) Teaching Licensure (B.S. in mathematics) — See mathematics under School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics for program requirements.

Special Education: General Curriculum, K-12 Teaching Licensure (B.A. in special education) — See special education under School of Education for program requirements.

Periodic Progress Review

Each month, the education faculty meets to evaluate all students’ academic progress and professional dispositions. The education faculty consider not only academic performance, but also personal characteristics that affect one’s ability to be a teacher or administrator, such as valuing learning, diversity, collaboration and demonstrating professionalism and personal integrity. If the faculty identifies a problem during the periodic review or evidence of personal difficulty that has the potential to negatively affect the student’s capacity to function as a future teacher or administrator, the school is notified at its monthly school meeting. The student will first be required to meet with his or her advisor for support. The student may be referred to the School of Education's Teacher Education Committee. Failure to meet academic and professional standards may result in dismissal from the Marymount University education program. Also, if the faculty identifies an outstanding candidate during the periodic review, the faculty may send a letter of commendation to the student to recognize outstanding achievement.

The Student-Teaching Experience

Individuals seeking licensure complete their program with a student-teaching experience. Students must pass all required licensure exams before applying to student teach. Students apply for student teaching at the beginning of the semester prior to their anticipated student-teaching experience. Students register for student teaching through Marymount University regardless of the geographic location of the placement site.

Student teachers are supervised by a university supervisor in the School of Education and by an on-site mentor teacher. Students should consult the Marymount University Student Teaching Handbook for full information on student teaching.

Placement is available in public schools in the greater Washington metropolitan area, the Diocese of Arlington, the Archdiocese of Washington, and accredited private schools. Placement is made in conjunction with the local school districts and our Educational Clinical Experiences (ECE) Office, and no particular placement can be guaranteed. The student is responsible for transportation to and from the cooperating school. While student teaching, all students assume the role of guest in the host school and must abide by the policies and regulations of the host school.

Placement for student teaching is dependent upon the school’s and faculty’s judgment regarding the student’s performance in both coursework and field placements.

Deadlines are set annually for student-teaching applications. Contact the Educational Clinical Experiences Office for exact deadlines. Passing scores must be obtained for all licensure exams before submitting an application. Please see an advisor for the required exams needed for a particular licensure area. Information and directions for application completion are available in the Educational Clinical Experiences Office or on the ECE website.

Student Teaching Abroad

Students who would like to student teach abroad must contact the clinical experiences office two semesters before they will apply to student teach. Placements are currently available in Europe, South America, and New Zealand for seven of the required 14 weeks. Tuition for student teaching abroad remains the same; however, student teachers are responsible for their own transportation, housing expenses, and any additional program fees.

Applying for Student Teaching

To be considered for placement, a student must fulfill the following requirements:

  • gain full admission into the teacher licensure program;
  • submit a student-teaching application packet (see deadlines previously noted);
  • submit passing scores on the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) and demonstrate math competency;
  • submit passing scores on the Praxis II exam (Specialty Area Test for secondary education and art education students; Content Knowledge for elementary education students);
  • submit passing scores on the Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) exam (for elementary education and special education students);
  • complete all licensure and professional studies requirements;
  • earn a minimum 2.5 GPA overall;
  • earn a minimum 3.0 GPA in the major for secondary programs;
  • earn a minimum 3.0 GPA in professional studies courses;
  • gain the approval of the Undergraduate Teacher Licensure Advisory Board (UTLAB); and
  • be endorsed by a School of Education faculty member.

Prior to beginning student-teaching placements, student teachers must clear a criminal background check as required by the local school division and must submit verification of current health insurance.