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School of Education

Four-year programs

General degree requirements

A student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 to be eligible to participate in clinical experiences, and must complete a minimum of 123 credits in the general health and physical education concentration and 120 credits in the exercise science concentration.

The School of the Arts offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with an education concentration and a Bachelor of Music with a music education concentration. General information for those programs can be found in the “School of the Arts” section of this bulletin as well as on individual program pages.

Faculty advisement

A degree-seeking student enrolled in one of the Bachelor of Science programs of study is assigned a general faculty adviser until the completion of 45 credit hours and attainment of the minimum cumulative GPA. Upon the achievement of these criteria, students are assigned a faculty adviser with specific expertise in the selected concentration: exercise science, community health education or general health and physical education.

Although advisers will provide timely and accurate assistance, the student is ultimately responsible for satisfying degree requirements in a given academic program. Students in the School of Education are expected to obtain a student account through eServices@VCU so that they may access students and faculty through e-mail. This means of communication can enhance advising when student and faculty schedules are at variance.

Change of major and transfer students

A student with a minimum GPA of 2.0 can transfer to a four-year program in the School of Education from another school in the university. Change of Major/Minor forms are available from the Office of Records and Registration. Students must meet with the director of undergraduate advising for the Bachelor of Science degree program before change of majors will be accepted. A transfer student with a minimum GPA of 2.0 also is eligible to become a degree-seeking student in a four-year program in the School of Education. Both change of major and transfer students pursuing a degree in teacher education in health and physical education must meet criteria for admission to teacher preparation. It must be noted that a minimum GPA of 2.8 is required for admission to clinical experiences.

Transcript evaluation

For the four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, the department chair and/or director of undergraduate advising evaluate prospective students’ transcripts for change of major and transfer.

The School of the Arts evaluates its prospective students’ portfolios and transcripts.

For each four-year program in teacher education, a student must present at least 30 semester hours of acceptable course work to be admitted to the Teacher Preparation Program.


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