What will I learn?

The Master of Arts in elementary education (PreK-6) initial licensure program seeks to foster in its candidates:

  • An understanding of the ways that children are affected by social contexts and by the children's own abilities/disabilities.
  • The knowledge and pedagogical skills to support each child's success.

These school professionals will:

  • Critically challenge conventional wisdom and common practices to identify hidden assumptions and activities that constrain or privilege some at the expense of others.
  • Openly consider and explore a range of teaching philosophies and practices and their relevance in particular contexts.
  • Ask questions and develop an inquiring approach.
  • Reflect deeply on relationships with their own families, peers, and university and school mentors and their students.
  • Express knowledge, skills and attitudes in ways that communicate the creative and academic expression of the profession and the self.
  • Develop an appreciation for the global connection of all humanity and our interdependence on the finite, natural resources of the earth.
  • Experience life among people whose social contexts are unlike their own to broaden and deepen their respect of and sensitivity to various cultures and social contexts.
  • Appreciate the complexity of human development from conception throughout the period of childhood/preadolescence.

Which department am I in?

College of Education

Study options

Full Time (31 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $38,161 for the entire course
Start date

Expected May 2022


College of Education

Memorial Hall, MSC 6907,

395 S. High, Room 3175,



22807, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements accepted: PBT (Paper Based TOEFL): 570.

For international students

Applicants must hold

  • Successful completion of JMU undergraduate degree with IDLS major and ELED minor
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better.

English language proficiency test scores:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT total score of 80 or above

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall band score of 6.5 or above

Application Deadline

All applications should be received by January 31, to ensure review by the program..

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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