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

30 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.



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

Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to connect with a different culture, experience new ways of thinking, and explore new places, all while gaining unique understanding and perspectives. Over 1,300 students study abroad each year, going on faculty-led trips, enrolling in international programs, or studying at partner universities.

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 pursue teacher licensure and the graduate program in education at Virginia Tech."

— Vanessa Robinson, '18

"One of my favorite quotes helped me choose Human Development as my major; "Do what you love, love what you do." I've always had a passion for working with children and the opportunities I've been given here have strengthened it."

— Amy Crow, '18

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."

Amy Crow, '18

"Completing my human development field study requirement at two local elementary schools afforded me the best hands-on learning experience and opportunity to work with elementary students. From it, I gained more confidence than I ever would have imagined, and I feel ready to run my own classroom in just a few years. I was recently accepted into the Masters of Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Education program here at Virginia Tech. With the skills I have gained and everything I have learned on the Pre-Education track, I feel well prepared to take on this higher level of learning and cannot wait to spend another year in Blacksburg!”

Contact Us

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