The College of Education offers six Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees for Professional Development or Added Endorsement is offered for practicing teachers who already possess initial licensure and is designed to provide opportunities for continuing professional development, master’s level licensure for teachers and other school personnel, or endorsements in teaching or administration. Students in these programs must possess a collegiate professional or postgraduate professional Virginia license.
Is a M.Ed. for Professional Development or Added Endorsement right for me?
This program is designed for licensed, practicing teachers who want to work with specific student populations, study educational leadership, or become literacy specialists. It lends itself to continuing professional development, master’s level licensure, and endorsements in both teaching and administration.
What will I learn?
Students choose from five distinct curriculums:
- Diverse Student Populations. Enhance your skills in meeting the needs of various student populations, or choose to pursue the gifted education endorsement.
- Educational Leadership. This cohort program is open for fall admission only. Course work, along with a passing score on the School Leaders License Assessment, fulfills administration and supervision endorsement requirements.
- Literacy Specialist. This cohort program is open for spring admission only. Course work, along with a passing score on the Reading for Virginia Educators: Reading Specialist Assessment, leads to a reading specialist endorsement and highlights foundational knowledge, instructional strategies and curriculum development, assessment and intervention, literacy in communication, and literacy leadership.
- Secondary Mathematics. This cohort program, for those with a strong background in undergraduate math, preferably a bachelor’s degree, prepares teachers to teach Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses, as well as high school-community college dual-enrollment courses.
- Special Education General Curriculum. Pursue a degree and added licensure.
- Special Education Adapted Curriculum. Pursue a degree and added licensure.
- Teaching English as a Second Language. Learn to better meet the needs of P-12 English language learners in public schools.
What careers will I be prepared for?
UMW’s graduate education programs lead to state certified endorsements and more fulfilling teaching careers in instructional technology, higher education, ESL, and more.
When and how do I apply for acceptance to the program?
Recommended filing dates are April 15 for fall admission, Sept. 15 for spring admission, and Feb. 15 for summer admission. UMW accepts post-filing date applications on a rolling, space-available basis.
Take a look at the Master of Education for Professional Development or Added Endorsement Checklist for the materials you’ll need to get started.