So, you’d like to be a teacher. Did you know that students who plan to obtain their teacher or school counselor licensure at Virginia Tech earn their undergraduate degrees in such subject areas as physics, mathematics, psychology, history, and business?
Each year, approximately 150 students at Virginia Tech earn both a master's degree and their teaching or 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 your master's degree and your teaching or school counseling licensure through the School of Education, within the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, all in one year after you complete your bachelor's degree.
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 can be licensed in all other states.
How Teacher Education Works at Virginia Tech
Undergraduate students typically major in the subject area most closely related to what they would like to teach. While pursuing their undergraduate degree, they work with the advisors in the Pre-Education Advising Program to ensure that they are meeting all academic content requirements for admission to their chosen licensure program, while continuing to work with their advisor in their major. When nearing completion all requirements for their bachelor’s degree, students apply for admission 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. While undergraduates, students planning to enter the Elementary Education master's program also participate in in-classroom experiential learning, studying classroom management, lesson planning, and other essential education skills.
In addition to academic expertise, 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 and Praxis II subject assessment tests, and earn their CPR certification. Students in elementary education must also pass the Virginia Reading Assessment.