So, you’d like to be a teacher. Did you know that students who obtain teacher or school counselor licensure at Virginia Tech earn their degrees in such subject areas as physics, mathematics, psychology, history, and business?
Each year, approximately 150 students at Virginia Tech obtain teaching and school counseling licenses and enter the exciting profession of education. Whether your major is English or history, biology or music, marketing or math, you can increase the value and marketability of your degree by earning teaching or school counseling licensure through the School of Education, within the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech.
Each of Virginia Tech’s education programs is approved by the Virginia Department of Education and nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Graduates of our teacher education programs qualify for licensure in Virginia, and an be licensed in all other states.
How Teacher Education Works at Virginia Tech
Undergraduate students major in the subject area most closely related to what they would like to teach. Please see the list of subject areas below. When nearing completion of the bachelor’s degree and the requirements in the specified major, students apply for ad- mission to a master’s degree program in one of the education fields to complete clinical requirements and pedagogical courses for a teaching license. This license is required to enter the teaching profession in public schools.
Students in teacher education at Virginia Tech learn through intensive course work and field experiences. They participate in field-based research and learning, engage in collaborative projects with public schools, and work directly with education professionals. They learn the importance of the broad issues related to schooling, as well as the complex role education plays in the community.
In addition to academic expertise and College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciencessroom capability, Virginia Tech teacher education programs promote lifelong learning, professionalism and dedication to the teaching profession, understanding of diversity, improvement of schools, technological literacy, and knowledge of working with students with special needs.
Those interested in teacher licensure programs must pass the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment, Praxis I, and Praxis II (when applicable). Students in elementary education must also pass the Virginia Reading Assessment.
Considering teaching and school counseling careers which require graduate degrees. Guidance on selecting your undergraduate major based on your teaching or school counseling interests.