Office of Teacher Preparation

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. — William Arthur Ward

We know good teachers make a difference. That's why we're dedicated to helping you succeed in becoming the best teacher possible.

With faculty from 12 departments to help prepare you, and a partnership with award-winning Newport News Schools for field experiences, graduates of the teacher preparation program are among the finest in Virginia.

Licensure Requirements

Upon successful completion of your program, the Office of Teacher Preparation will file for your Virginia teaching license. In order for you to be recommended/eligible for a license, you must:

  • Have a grade of at least C- in the student teaching internship
  • Have demonstrated through student teaching that you've met the competencies necessary to be a successful teacher
  • Have passing scores on the Praxis II, VCLA and RVE (elementary candidates only) examinations
  • Have completed training in reporting child abuse/neglect
  • Have completed the Virginia civics module (elementary candidates only)
  • Have completed the dyslexia module
  • Have completed certification in first aid/AED/CPR

All required documents must be on file in the Office of Teacher Preparation no later than May 15 of the year you are completing your program.

These items include the Virginia Teaching Application, official transcripts of all coursework (undergraduate and graduate), official test scores and a check for $50, payable to Treasurer of Virginia.

For further information on licensure, see the Virginia Department of Education.

If you are seeking licensure for elementary, grades PK-6:

  • You can major in any liberal arts or science

If you are seeking licensure for middle / high school content areas, grades 6-12, or PK-12 areas (art, music, ESL, foreign language):

  • Biology-biology major
  • Chemistry-chemistry major
  • Computer science-computer science major
  • English-English major
  • English as a second language – any liberal arts or science major (English, foreign language or psychology preferred)
  • History and social science – history or political science major
  • Mathematics – math major
  • Music, choral or instrumental – choral or instrumental music major (five-year program only)
  • Physics-physics major
  • Spanish-Spanish major
  • Visual art-art major
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