This program gives you the opportunity to identify a path towards  teacher or school counselor licensure and other careers in the human sciences.

29 Academic Majors
50+ Academic Minors
24 Average upper-level class size
1 Pre-Education Advising Program
What is an Undecided Option in Pre-Education and Human Sciences?

An advisor will help you select a major and  guide you on the path towards completing teacher licensure requirements, exploring career paths in the human sciences, and preparing for field work in a local school or other professional settings. 

Why Study Pre-Education and Human Sciences Here?

At Virginia Tech, we offer a route to completing your undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years. This path leads to becoming a highly qualified educator and our graduates find jobs across the state and the world. The option also gives you time to learn more about the variety of careers in the human sciences.

Beyond the Classroom

Undergraduate Research and Independent Study


Talk to a professor about designing your own research project or investigating a topic that interests you. You'll work closely with a faculty mentor to plan a course of action, discuss your findings, and write a report. You can also participate in field study where you assist a faculty member with their research project. Or you can volunteer as a study participant for another Communications major's project



Get Classroom Experience

Completeing a field study in a classroom or with a school couselor is a great way to get experience and learn more about education as a profession.  You will have the opportunity to enroll in a course that places you at a local elementary, middle, or high school.


Study Abroad

Come With Us

We host an annual faculty-led study abroad experience at Virginia Tech's Steger Center for International Scholarship in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland. The program includes a one-credit course in Blacksburg during the spring semester and two weeks of study in Switzerland, with online course components during the first summer session after you return from the trip. 

Study Abroad

Faculty Mentors


Our faculty has a mix of  teaching and research scholars who are experts in education and human sciences. Whether your interests are in a career as a teacher, school counselor, practitioner, or going on to get a Ph.D., we have a mentor for you. 

Faculty Mentors
What Our Students Are Saying

"Pre-education advising is preparing me to puruse teacher licensure and the graduate program in education at Virginia Tech."

— Vanessa Robinson, BA expected '17

Careers and Further Study

Vanessa Robinson, '18

“I've always wanted to be an elementary teacher. As a student in the human development major, I have multiple opportunities to work with children. With guidance from my professors, I’ve gained classroom experience by volunteering at local elementary and middle schools, as well as the Child Development Center for Learning and Research at Virginia Tech. I'm gaining experience through roles in the classroom, ranging from helping out with after-school programs to being an assistant teacher. Because I've been able to work with so many children of different ages, I feel fully prepared for my future career."

Contact Us

Monica KimbrellAssistant Dean
232 Wallace Hall, 
295 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061