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Admissions Steps
Information regarding admission to all programs offered through the Graduate Studies in Education program, with detailed application packets may be obtained from the Graduate Studies in Education office at 428 Frith Hall. Students may also obtain application packets online.  Submit the following items to Dr. Pamela Riedel, 428 Frith Hall, Director of Graduate Studies in Education to be considered for admission:

  1. Applicants must complete an official application for admission form.
  2. Submit an official transcript, indicating the applicant has earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.
  3. Provide three letters of recommendation (forms are available in your admission packet) from persons qualified to evaluate the applicant’s academic, personal and professional qualifications for graduate studies.
  4. Submit official scores for either the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) or M.A.T.) Miller Analogies Test, and the VCLA (Virginia Communication Literacy Assessment).  Information regarding the registration and administration of these assessments is available in the office of the Graduate Studies in Education Office.
  5. If pursuing the Master of Education degree with a concentration in Biology, Mathematics, Health and Physical Education, Computer Science, History, Visual Arts, or English, submit evidence that the applicant holds or is eligible for a Virginia teaching license.
  6. If pursuing the Master of Education with Teaching Licensure in Secondary Education (grades 6-12, or Pk-12) the applicant must have earned a major in a subject area in which Averett offers a teaching license as evidenced by an official transcript of the baccalaureate degree.
  7. Evidence that the applicant holds or is immediately eligible for a Virginia Teaching License if a non-licensure program is desired. (M.Ed.
    in Curriculum and Instruction; M.Ed. with Concentrations in English, Biology, Mathematics, or History and Social Science).
  8. A $50.00 nonrefundable application fee.

For accelerated, recertification, and on-line program information, please contact an Enrollment Representatives at 1-855-490-7736 (toll free) (Richmond) 1-800-448-5233 (Danville), 1-888-757-1100 (Tidewater). Start advancing your career today!

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Pamela Riedel, Director of Graduate Studies in Education, Dept. of Education,


B.A. or B.S./M.Ed. 5 year plan

Students, if you would like to do any of the following, the B.A. or B.S./M.Ed. 5 year plan may be your best choice!

  1. Pursue dual teaching licensure in Special Education-General Education PK-12 and Liberal Studies with PK-6 licensure, or
  2. Pursue teaching licensure in Liberal Studies and PK-6, or Special Education-General Curriculum PK-12,
  3. Pursue a graduate degree with teaching licensure within a five year program,
  4. Enroll in Special Education courses, achieve a Minor in Special Education, or complete a courses to receive a Certificate in Autism from the Autism Council of Virginia.

First year students at Averett and transfer students are eligible for admission!

Students may complete a five-year program of study leading to the Baccalaureate (B.A. or B.S.) and the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees.   This program prepares students for licensure and endorsement in elementary education (Pre-K-6), Special Education-General Curriculum (PreK-12), a minor in Special Education, and/or a certificate in Autism from the Autism Council of Virginia.

Students begin professional studies in their second year and their education requirements continue throughout the remaining three year period by being moved into graduate status at the end of the spring semester of their fourth year with student teaching assignments during the fall semester of year five. Students will take comprehensive examinations and complete remaining coursework spring semester of year five. 

Students complete 66 hours in general education, select two areas of concentration from two different departments to complete a minimum of 12 hours to be taken in each concentration.   Students may select concentrations that will lead toward the B.A. or a B.S. degree. Additionally, students complete Professional studies in Education courses for the combined B.A. or B.S. degree with the M.Ed. degree.

Admission requirements to the 5 year program include:

  1. 2.75 cumulative gpa on all transfer credits and Averett credits completed in general education
  2. 3.0 minimal gpa in all Education courses taken at Averett
  3. Completed application


For further information, please contact:

Dr. Pamela Riedel, Director of Graduate Studies in Education, Dept. of Education,


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