How to Become a Teacher in Virginia

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.

Education Requirements

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.

Required Tests

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.

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Averett University

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420 W Main St
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 791-5600

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Bluefield College

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3000 College Dr
Bluefield, VA 24605
(276) 326-3682

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Eastern Mennonite University

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1200 Park Rd
Harrisonburg, VA 22802-2462
(540) 432-4000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Emory & Henry College

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30461 Garnand Drive
Emory, VA 24327-0947
(276) 944-4121

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Ferrum College

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215 Ferrum Mountain Road
Ferrum, VA 24088-9000
(540) 365-2121

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

George Mason University

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4400 University Dr
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
(703) 993-1000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Hampton University

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E Queen Street
Hampton, VA 23668-0099
(757) 727-5000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

James Madison University

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800 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
(540) 568-6211

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Lynchburg College

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1501 Lakeside Dr
Lynchburg, VA 24501-3113
(434) 544-8100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Norfolk State University

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700 Park Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23504-8000
(757) 823-8600

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Old Dominion University

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5115 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23529
(757) 683-3000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Radford University

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801 East Main Street
Radford, VA 24142
(540) 831-5000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Regent University

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1000 Regent University Dr
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
(757) 352-4127

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Roanoke College

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221 College Lane
Salem, VA 24153-3794
(540) 375-2500

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Shenandoah University

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1460 University Dr
Winchester, VA 22601-5195
(540) 665-4500

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Virginia Commonwealth University

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910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23284-2512
(804) 828-0100

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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210 Burruss Hall, 800 Drillfield Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0131
(540) 231-6000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Virginia State University

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1 Hayden Drive
Petersburg, VA 23806
(804) 524-5000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
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