Upon completion of degree requirements in any of VCU’s teacher preparation programs and with the recommendation of the School of Education, students are eligible to receive initial teacher licensure from the Virginia Department of Education. For additional information on licensure, licensure renewal or an add-on endorsement, contact the School of Education’s Student Services Center.

In Virginia, initial licensure requires successful completion of state-mandated tests. Passing scores on these tests are required to progress through different portions of the licensure programs from admission to teacher preparation, admission to student teaching and recommendation for licensure. For a list of testing requirements, please refer to the Students Services Center section on the School of Education website.

Students should request that their Praxis scores be reported to VCU.

Before a recommendation for licensure can be sent to the Teacher Licensure Division of the Virginia Department of Education, these test scores must be on file with the School of Education’s Student Services Center.

Licensure for education personnel

Licensure and endorsement are based in part on the successful completion of an approved program developed in response to nationally recognized standards. All licensure and endorsement programs offered by the School of Education are approved by the Virginia Department of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. The commonwealth of Virginia is a member of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, which has a national reciprocity agreement for teacher licensure. Therefore, all licensure and endorsement programs in the School of Education have approved program status and are a part of the NASDTEC Certification Reciprocity Agreement.

Graduate programs leading to initial teacher licensure

Individuals often decide to pursue a teaching career after they have completed a baccalaureate degree. VCU serves qualified individuals through approved programs leading to a Master of Teaching, Master of Education (special education) or a post-baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching. Upon completion of a degree program, graduates are eligible for both Virginia licensure and/or endorsement in the specific degree area.

Individuals who wish to obtain licensure in art education or music education should consult the School of the Arts section of this bulletin.

The Master of Teaching program integrates undergraduate course work for a bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts or science major with course work and graduate study leading to a Master of Teaching in a program area.

Approved programs and certification reciprocity

All of VCU’s initial and advanced educator preparation programs are approved by the Virginia Department of Education and lead to recommendation for a Virginia Professional License. Furthermore, our educator preparation programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. VCU’s School of Education also holds membership in the American and Virginia Associations of Colleges for Teacher Education and the Holmes Partnership.

Based on the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification agreement, VCU graduates may be eligible for teacher licensure reciprocity with other states. Please be aware that requirements for licensure vary from state to state. Students interested in licensure reciprocity should contact the School of Education’s Student Services Center or the Department of Education Office in the future hiring state.

If a student plans to be in a state other than Virginia while completing an online program at VCU, please note that state regulations in every state determine whether VCU may offer a place in a course or program. VCU participates in the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, which allows students from NC-SARA-approved states to enroll in VCU’s degree programs. All VCU licensure programs lead to a recommendation for a Virginia teaching license. Please also note that as a VCU student enrolled in an online program, all universitywide policies, as well as School of Education policies, would apply.