Undergraduate Catalog 2012-13
Marymount University’s professional programs leading to teaching licensure are dedicated to the mission "Preparing Education Leaders for Diverse Learning Communities." The three tenets comprising the conceptual framework model that synergistically interact include critical thinker, effective practitioner, and caring professional. Knowledge of content, human growth and development, and pedagogy, along with current research and learning theory, provide the foundation for Marymount’s professional programs. All courses and experiences are designed to achieve this mission.
Upon successful completion of a Marymount teacher education program, students will be able to
Through a variety of programs, Marymount undergraduate students may earn Virginia licensure at elementary, secondary, and K-12 levels. Undergraduates major in an appropriate liberal arts or science discipline and complete their teacher licensure program requirements as outlined. All programs are designed to prepare graduates to enter the job market as beginning professionals in their respective fields.
Students seeking teaching licensure reserve one semester for the student-teaching experience. This experience is a 14-week full-time placement. Student teaching is the culmination of the Marymount teacher-education program and reflects the degree to which a student will be effective as a classroom teacher. See complete information about application procedures.
All Marymount University teacher education programs are approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Virginia Department of Education. Program requirements are subject to revision based on changes in the Commonwealth of Virginia licensure requirements. More than 30 states share reciprocity with Virginia.
Each semester, the Education faculty meets to evaluate all students’ academic progress and professional dispositions. The Education faculty consider not only academic performance, but also personal characteristics, such as maturity, judgment, emotional stability, sensitivity to others, and self-awareness, that affect one’s ability to be a teacher or administrator. If the faculty identifies a problem during the periodic review or evidence of personal difficulty that has the potential to negatively affect the student’s capacity to function as a future teacher or administrator, the student will first be required to meet with his or her advisor. If needed, the student may be referred to the School of Education and Human Services’ Teacher Education Committee. Failure to meet academic and professional standards may result in dismissal from the Marymount University Education program. If the faculty identifies an outstanding candidate during the periodic review, the faculty may decide to send a letter of commendation to the student to recognize outstanding achievement.
Admission Requirements: In addition to Universitywide admission requirements, applicants to the undergraduate teaching licensure programs must fulfill the following to be considered for acceptance into the program:
No more than 6 Education credits may be taken prior to acceptance into the teacher licensure program. Refer to the Undergraduate Teacher Candidate Handbook, available through the School of Education and Human Services, for further information.
Legal Limitations of Practice: The practice of teaching is regulated by state laws. Questions concerning licensure in a specific state should be directed to that state’s Board of Education. Students may be required to submit a national criminal background check before being placed in field experiences or as a student-teacher. The cost of the investigation must be paid by the student.
Minimum Grade Requirements: For successful program completion, a minimum grade of C is necessary in all required Professional Studies (Education) courses.
Transfer Policy: Transfer students must be enrolled in ED 250 before applying to the program.
Teaching Licensure Programs: The program of studies for each teaching licensure program is described in the major discipline section of this catalog. Students in the following programs will fulfill the curriculum requirements of the respective discipline — earning a degree in that field — and complete all Professional Studies requirements needed for Virginia licensure, including field experience and student teaching:
Art with K-12 Teaching Licensure (B.A. in Art)—See Art under School of Arts and Sciences for program requirements.
Biology with Secondary-level (grades 6-12) Teaching Licensure (B.S. in Biology)—See Biology under School of Arts and Sciences for program requirements.
Elementary Education (grades PK-6) Licensure (B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies)—See Multidisciplinary Studies under School of Arts and Sciences for program requirements.
English with Secondary-level (grades 6-12) Teaching Licensure (B.A. in English)—See English under School of Arts and Sciences for program requirements.
History/Social Science with Secondary-level (grades 6-12) Teaching Licensure (B.A. in History)—See History under School of Arts and Sciences for program requirements.
Mathematics with Secondary-level (grades 6-12) Teaching Licensure (B.S. in Mathematics)—See Mathematics under School of Arts and Sciences for program requirements.
Special Education: General Curriculum, K-12 Teaching Licensure (B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies)—See Multidisciplinary Studies under School of Arts and Sciences for program requirements.
The Student-Teaching Experience
Individuals seeking licensure complete their studies with a student-teaching experience. Students must pass all required licensure exams before applying to student teach. After that, students apply for student teaching at the beginning of the semester prior to their anticipated student-teaching experience. Students register for student teaching through Marymount University regardless of the geographic location of the placement site.
Student teachers are supervised by a faculty member in the School of Education and Human Services and by an on-site cooperating teacher. Students should consult the Marymount University Student Teaching Handbook for full information on student teaching.
Placement is available in public schools in the greater Washington metropolitan area, the Diocese of Arlington, the Archdiocese of Washington, and in accredited private schools. Placement is made in conjunction with the local school districts and no particular placement can be guaranteed. Transportation to and from the cooperating school is the responsibility of the student. While student teaching, all students assume the role of guest in the host school and must abide by the policies and regulations of the host school.
Placement for student teaching is dependent upon the School’s and faculty’s judgment regarding the student’s performance in both coursework and field placement.
Applications for student teaching must be received by the Office of Clinical Experiences by October 15 for spring student teaching and by April 15 for fall student teaching. Passing scores must be attained for the Praxis II and Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) licensure exams before submitting an application. Please note that when applying for fall semester student-teaching placements, the last test dates for the Praxis II and RVE are in March. When applying for spring student-teaching placements, the last test dates are in September. Please see an advisor for exact dates. Information and directions for application completion are available in the Office of Clinical Experiences.
Student Teaching Abroad
Students who would like to student teach abroad must contact the chair of the Education Department the semester before they will apply to student teach. Placements are currently available in Asia, Europe, South America, and Oceania. Tuition for student teaching abroad remains the same; however, student teachers are responsible for their own transportation, housing expenses, and any additional program fees.
Applying for Student Teaching
To be considered for placement, a student must fulfill the following requirements:
Prior to beginning the student teaching placements, student teachers must clear a criminal background check as required by the local school division.
Those persons wishing to student teach in Fairfax County Public Schools must submit verification of current health insurance.