Education Studies

Students in the education studies major are provided opportunities to apply what they learn in class within a teaching context throughout their time at VWU.

Students in the education studies major are provided opportunities to apply what they learn in class within a teaching context throughout their time at VWU.

About The Program

Unique features of the Teacher Education Program include a rigorous, comprehensive liberal arts education, early and multiple field experiences, strong mentoring by faculty and staff, and career assistance through the Career Development & Internship Program in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. The state-accredited VWU Teacher Education Program is approved by the Virginia Board of Education and reviewed by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Leads to endorsement in: Special Education(K-12) 
Chair: Dr. William McConnell


Students completing a major in Education Studies must complete required Core and Pre-admission Coursework which is specially designed to provide aspiring educators a broad-based foundational knowledge in the liberal arts and apply what they learn in authentic educational settings.

Students seeking to major in Education Studies (non-licensure) must complete the following requirements to be admitted into the major.

  1. Complete and submit Teacher Education Program Application.
  2. Successfully complete INST 202 & EDUC 225 pre-admission courses with a grade of C or above.
  3. Achieve Acceptable ratings on the VWU Dispositional Survey for Educators.
  4. Achieve cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 by December of Sophomore year.

Required Core Coursework for in Special Education

Course Number and Title

Semester Hours

BIO 100: The World of Biology

4

ENG 222: Teaching Grammar and Writing

4

ENG 317: Children’s Literature

4

GEOG 111: Physical Geography

4

HIST 243: World History to A.D. 1600

4

HIST 247: History of the United States

4

MBE 100: Introduction to Economics

4

MATH 325: Theory of Elementary Mathematics I

4

PHSC 100: Introduction to Physical Science

4

Total Hours Required:

36

Required Pre-Admission Coursework for Special Education

Course Number And Title

Semester Hours

INST 202: The School and Society

4

EDUC 225: Characteristics of the Learner

4

Total Hours Required:

8

Education Courses (Non-Licensure)

Course Number And Title

Semester Hours

EDUC 266: Classroom Management and Teaching Strategies

4

EDUC 320: Teaching Reading & Language Arts I

4

EDUC 321: Teaching Reading and the Language Arts II

4

EDUC 328: Teaching Math for Diverse Learners

4

EDUC 329: Curriculum & Instruction PreK-6

4

EDUC 350: Assessment and Data-Driven Instruction

4

SOC 251: Topics: Sociology of Education

4

SPED 371: Foundations/Legal Issues in Special Education

4

Total Hours Required:

32