In Virginia, there are more than 105,855 teachers and 20,595 paraprofessionals responsible for educating the more than 1.25 million students enrolled in Virginia’s public schools. Individuals interested in joining the ranks of Virginia’s educators must meet the requirements for Virginia teacher certification. Read on to learn more about the requirements for earning a Virginia teaching license.
To be licensed to teach in Virginia, applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and complete coursework in their endorsement areas. They must also pass the professional teacher’s assessments that are relevant to their certification areas within the first three years of holding their initial license.
Virginia Teaching Certification
Applicants for certification in Virginia must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, whose endorsement areas have been assessed by a national accrediting agency or approved by the Board of Education. The initial Provisional License is valid for three years, during which time the teacher must pass the professional teacher’s assessments required by the Board of Education. The Collegiate Professional License is issued once a teacher has met all the requirements for licensure, lasts five years, and is renewable. The Postgraduate Professional License, which also lasts five years and is renewable, is available to applicants who have completed an appropriate graduate degree.
To earn the five-year, renewable license, applicants must pass the professional teacher’s assessments required by the Board of Education. All initial applicants must take the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment and the Praxis II tests relevant to their desired certification areas. Some endorsements require the Praxis Series: Reading for Virginia Educators test, as well.
State Certification Reciprocity
Virginia considers certification from all other states as long as the teacher has completed a state-approved teacher preparation program at a four-year institution or has a valid teaching license from the other state. Additional testing may be required for some out-of-state applicants.