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Graduate Studies in Education (MEd Traditional)

(Danville Campus only)

Teachers who possess a license or who are students seeking licensure will benefit from Averett's Master of Education Program. Classes are taught on the Danville Campus in a traditional classroom format to allow for optimal teacher/student interaction. Evening and summer classes are available.

Graduate Program Endorsements (Danville Campus only)
  • Elementary education preK-6
  • Computer Science, 6-12
  • English, 6-12
  • Health & Physical Education preK-12
  • History and Social Science, 6-12
  • Mathematics, 6-12
  • Science-Biology, 6-12
  • Theatre Arts preK-12
  • Reading Specialist
  • Visual Arts, preK-12

Individuals interested in the traditional-format (Danville Campus) program are encouraged to contact the Graduate Education Program Advisor:


See the Catalog (PDF) for complete information

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • A cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) over the last two years (or 60 hours) of undergraduate study for full admission status. See the catalog for information on limited admission
  • Three letters of recommendation (forms available from the Graduate Program Advisor)
  • Evidence that the applicant holds or is immediately eligible for a Virginia
    teaching license if a non-licensure program is desired.
  • Scores on one of the following standardized tests: Praxis I ( if seeking licensure), the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination, or the Miller Analogies Test
  • Pass a writing proficiency test. Details may be obtained from the Graduate Education Program Advisor

Note: If you desire teacher certification you must hold a degree in a subject area in which Averett offers a teaching license if secondary licensure is sought

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 a minor in Special Education General Education K-12 curriculum as an addition to their Liberal Studies major leading toward licensure in grades PK-6,
  2.  pursue a graduate degree with teaching licensure within a five-year program,
  3.  enroll in Special Education coursework as electives to a undergraduate or graduate program, and
  4. Enroll in Special Education coursework to complete 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 (PreK-6) and a minor in special education that may be applied toward a teaching license in special education, and 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

Admission to Graduate Studies in Education include:

  1. Completed application
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions attended to include transfer credits
  3. Cumulative 3.0 gpa in Education courses completed
  4. Cumulative 2.75 gpa in general education courses completed
  5. Provide an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination.
  6. Submit 3 letters of recommendation from persons who have knowledge of the applicant's academic performance and potential to include professors.  

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Pamela Riedel, 5-year program advisor, Dept. of Education,

Mrs. Karen Nelson, Administrative Assistant, Department of Education,