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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 Secondary Education Program is for students who want to teach academic subjects in grades 6-12. This Virginia Department of Education-approved program meets accreditation standards and is student-centered, inquiry-based and problem-oriented. All courses include a field component to fully integrate theory with current best practices.


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 secondary 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 6 -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?

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.


Customize Your Program

These five courses plus student teaching comprise a minor that can connect to the following majors for Virginia 6-12 Licensure:

  • Biology (Laura)
  • Business (RT)
  • Chemistry (Brett)
  • English (Mark)
  • Mathematics (Cindia)
  • History/Social Studies (Julie)

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

Professional Studies Program for Secondary School Teacher Education (6-12)

Course Title Hrs.
PSY 220 Child Development 3
EDU 221 Child Development Lab 1
EDU 301 Orientation to Teaching/Practicum 3
EDU 343 Methods & Assessments in Middle/Secondary Schools 3
EDU 344 Methods & Management in Middle/Secondary Schools 3

(Health and Physical Education and Spanish have specialty methods courses in addition)

RDG 425 Reading & Writing in the Content Area 3

Pass PRAXIS II requirement before student teaching

EDU 441 Student Teaching in the Middle/Secondary Schools 9
  Total 25*


English majors seeking Licensure are additionally required to take the following courses:*Teacher endorsement area requirements may be satisfied through transcript analysis by the Education Department faculty.  The outcome of this analysis may bepossible recommendations for supplementary corsework in order for students to acheive complicance with Virginia Department of Education regulations.


Course Title Hrs.
MCOM 150 Principles of Public Speaking 3
ENG 210 Modern Grammar 3
   Total  6

Chemistry majors seeking licensure are additionally required to take the following courses:

Course Title  Hrs.
BIO 121 General Biology I 4
BIO 122 General Biology II 4
  Total 8

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


Mary Bowser

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