This is the preliminary (or launch) version of the 2023-2024 VCU Bulletin. This edition includes all programs and courses approved by the publication deadline; however we may receive notification of additional program approvals after the launch. The final edition and full PDF version will include these updates and will be available in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

Added or add-on endorsements Teaching English as a Second Language

The School of Education offers the Virginia Department of Education ESL preK-12 endorsement for pre-service and in-service teachers. The ESL endorsement program at VCU requires 18 credit hours of ESL course work and six credit hours of a modern foreign language. Candidates must complete the following courses:

Course Title Hours
ENGL/LING/TEDU 552Teaching English as a Second Language3
FRLG 575Intercultural Communication3
LING/ENGL/ANTH 390Introduction to Linguistics3
TEDU 561Reading Foundations: Sociological/Psychological Perspectives3
TEDU 562Reading Instruction in the Content Areas3
TEDU 681Investigations and Trends in Teaching (ESL curriculum and assessment)3
Foreign language courses (modern languages only)6
Total Hours24

Add-on endorsements in grades 6 through 12, science

Add-on endorsements in science are available in biology, chemistry, earth science and physics. Each add-on requires a first endorsement in one science and at least 18 semester hours in the add-on science that includes preparation in specified areas. The earth science added endorsement is listed below. For information about the added endorsements in biology, chemistry or physics, contact the Department of Teaching and Learning.

Earth science

To add an earth science endorsement to an endorsement in another science discipline, the individual must earn at least 18 semester hours in the earth sciences, including preparation in geology, oceanography, meteorology and astronomy. Courses to meet these requirements include:

Course Title Hours
ENVS 105
ENVZ 105
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Laboratory
ENVS 335
ENVZ 335
Environmental Geology
and Environmental Geology Laboratory
ENVS 401Meteorology and Climatology3
ENVS 411Oceanography3
PHYS 103Elementary Astronomy3
Elective courses to complete at least 18 hours include: URSP 203 and URSP 204 and PHYS 391.