At Hollins, you can earn a bachelor’s degree and a master of arts in teaching (M.A.T.) in five years. Hollins has an excellent record of placing teachers after graduation, and the members of our education faculty will guide you every step of the way, from your first year as an undergraduate through your M.A.T.
Why go into the teaching field?
Good teachers are as varied as the methods they use, but they have common characteristics. Not only are they competent and qualified in their field, but they are caring individuals as well. They want to make a difference in the lives of others, and they never stop learning themselves. In most parts of the country, this is a great time to become a teacher, especially if you enter the profession with an M.A.T. degree. The pay for teachers in many areas is climbing, and the profession offers opportunities to advance as a teacher or as an administrator.
Hollins was the first college in the Roanoke Valley to allow college graduates in the liberal arts to earn teaching licensure and an M.A.T. at the same time. Because no college or university in Virginia offers a major in education, students seeking teacher licensure major in a liberal arts or sciences discipline and also take a sequence of education courses.
In your first four years, the program integrates the education components with the requirements for the bachelor’s. In the fifth year you’ll complete the remaining professional studies requirements for the M.A.T. and undertake student teaching. You’ll meet with your education advisor frequently during the five years to make sure you’re on track and meeting licensure and degree requirements.
Hollins’ education program has been state approved since 1974 and has received national accreditation status with TEAC (Teacher Education Accreditation Council). Students enjoy Hollins’ challenging and supportive academic environment and our focus on individualized learning. Hollins offers engaging academic programs in 27 undergraduate majors, superior teaching, and extensive study abroad, service, internship, and leadership opportunities.
Structure of the combined five-year program
- Student will meet with an education advisor during the second semester to become acquainted with the requirements for admission to the education program and map out a plan to meet general education licensure requirements.
- The student will concentrate on her ESP requirements and major (if one has been selected).
- The student will continue to work toward completion of her ESP and major requirements, mapped out for her by her major advisor.
- The student will continue to work toward completion of her general education licensure requirements, mapped out for her by her education advisor.
- The student can complete EDUC 141: Schooling in American Society (fall or spring) or wait until her third year to do so. Student must earn a B- or better.
- The student will take and pass PRAXIS I for admission to the education program, and submit proof of passing scores on PRAXIS I or sufficient ACT/SAT scores in place of PRAXIS I to the education department secretary.
- Progress Checkpoint: The student will meet with her education advisor to determine if she is likely to meet eligibility for the five-year program or if she should pursue the regular four-year licensure track.
- The student will complete EDUC 141: Schooling in American Society (fall or spring) if she did not do so in her second year. Student must earn a B- or better.
- The student will pursue all further requirements for admission into the education program and apply as an undergraduate.
- The student will complete PSY 144: Child Psychology (PreK–6) or PSY 307: Psychology Applied to Teaching and Learning in the spring (6–12).
- Progress Checkpoint: The student will meet with her education advisor to review her file to ensure she is progressing satisfactorily.
- In September of the fourth year, the student will be responsible for informing the registrar she has entered her fourth year in the five year program. She should copy the e-mail to the education department secretary for inclusion in her permanent file.
- The student will complete all remaining undergraduate requirements (ESP, major, and general licensure).
- The student will complete the education internship, EDUC 399/599 (as a dual enrollment course) in the fall or spring of her fourth year.
- The student will complete requirements for admission to the graduate program (see Admission Criteria for Hollins University Education Department). She must have a 3.0 to qualify. The student must also provide a letter of reference from a faculty member in her major attesting to her ability to successfully complete graduate level work as well as fulfilling the additional requirements for application to the M.A.T. program. If admitted, she will be admitted to the M.A.T. with advanced standing in the fall semester of her fifth year.
- The student will complete the education internship, EDUC 399/599 (as a dual enrollment course) in January of her fourth year. The student will register for EDUC 399 but will complete work for the course at the graduate level.
- Three courses will be taken dual enrollment. For the PreK–6 student, EDUC 377 and EDUC 378 will be taken dual enrollment as well as the internship, EDUC 399/599. For the secondary student, EDUC 372 and EDUC 380 will be taken dual enrollment as well as the internship, EDUC 399/599. For both elementary and secondary levels, the student will register for the 300-level course but will complete work for the course at the graduate level. (See below for Education Courses Taken for Combined Program.)
- The student will take and pass the following in order to be permitted to student teach: PRAXIS II, the VCLA, and RVE (PreK–6 only). She will submit proof of passing scores to the education department secretary prior to November 1.
- Progress Checkpoint: The student will apply by March 1, for student teaching the following year, satisfying all requirements; her application will be reviewed for acceptance.
- Progress Checkpoint: The student will see an education advisor each semester to ensure she is on track and has satisfied all requirements for admission to the M.A.T. program.
- The student will graduate with her B.A. or B.S. degree.