MAEd Program Admission Requirements

Admission to the MAEd program is limited to candidates capable of performing on the graduate level.

Applicant Requirements (for MAEd Program without teacher licensure)


Applicants must have the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  • A grade point average of 2.75 or higher in all college work.
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate courses (except for those taken at Bluefield College) must be provided.
  • A valid professional teaching license.
  • A copy of the professional license must be provided.
  • Prospective students who do not have a valid teaching license, but who have the credentials for teaching in their chosen career, may be considered if the graduate coursework is mutually determined to be beneficial to their performance in that career.
  • Prospective students who wish to take courses in the program to renew their teaching license should provide a copy of their expired license.
  • Test results from either the Praxis II Content Assessment, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or the Miller Analogies. A copy of the scores must be provided.
  • Two letters of recommendation, both from individuals who have observed the applicant in a classroom or professional setting or have knowledge of their work ethic, academic abilities, and teaching proficiency.
  • Pre-Self-Assessment of Professional Temperament and Performance completed.
  • A completed Master of Arts in Education Application for Admission.
Applicant Requirements (for MAEd Program with teacher licensure)


Applicants must have the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a major in, or strongly related to, the following endorsement areas:
    • Career & Technology Education: Business & Information Technology
    • History & Social Sciences
    • Music Education-Instrumental PreK-12
    • Music Education-Vocal/Choral Prek-12
    • Science-Biology
    • Theatre Arts PreK-12
    • Visual Arts PreK-12
  • A grade point average of 3.00 or higher in all college work.
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate courses (except for those taken at Bluefield College) must be provided.
  • Assessment Requirements. A copy of all test results must be provided.
    • For admission to the MAED program:
      • Praxis II Content Assessment test results in the teaching endorsement area sought. Praxis II must be taken prior to admission. Students must meet the minimum required score on the Praxis II Content Assessment required for Virginia licensure prior to being placed for student teaching.
    • Students must complete the following before enrolling in EDU 5553 Field Experience.
      • Passing test results on the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators Test: Mathematics (5732) OR the PRAXIS I Mathematics assessment (if taken prior to January 1, 2014).
      • Passing test results on the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)—Reading Subtest (091) and Writing Subtest (092).
  • Two letters of recommendation, both from individuals who have observed the applicant in a classroom or professional setting or have knowledge of their work ethic, academic abilities, and teaching proficiency.
  • Pre-Self-Assessment of Professional Temperament and Performance completed.
  • A completed Master of Arts in Education Application for Admission.

*Individuals who have completed a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education are exempt from taking/submitting GRE/MAT scores.