Programs & Requirements

Emory & Henry provides Virginia Department of Education and CAEP approved initial teacher licensure programs in elementary/middle grades PK-8 and secondary programs (6-12 and PK-12) in a variety of teaching majors.  Each program meets or exceeds the requirements for licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In addition to Virginia initial licensure programs, Emory & Henry offers a Fast Track M. Ed. in Professional Studies.  This program does not provide the content knowledge area for licensure, but it provides pedagogical and practicum training and experience.  For students who already have a B.A. or B.S. degree in a teaching major, this M.Ed. facilitates the graduate’s application for a teaching license.

In order to be admitted into the teacher preparation program to complete an undergraduate degree, a candidate must have passed all assessments required for their endorsement area, have an overall GPA of at least 2.5, a major GPA of at least 2.5 and have completed a program interview (usually conducted in the candidate’s junior year). 

In order to be admitted into the teacher preparation program to complete a master’s degree, a candidate must have passed all assessments required for their endorsement area, have an overall GPA of at least 2.75, a major GPA of at least 3.0 and have completed a program interview.

Elementary/Middle Grades

Students who wish to teach in the elementary/middle grades choose from three interdisciplinary majors that combine English and language arts, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics.  Each of the three majors is named for its primary focus, but each also incorporates significant work in the other fields.  These majors include:  Interdisciplinary English, Interdisciplinary History and Social Sciences, and Interdisciplinary Mathematics.

Secondary School

Students planning to teach in secondary school, grades 6-12, choose from these majors:  Biology, Business, Chemistry, Geography, English, History, Mathematics or Physics.

Students planning to teach in the PK-12 level choose from these majors:  Art/Visual Arts, French, Spanish, Physical Education, Music, Instrumental, or Music, Vocal.