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Elementary Education Program

Elementary Education

A program for aspiring educators and future faculty in elementary education

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Dynamic, Robust Program

The Elementary Education Program prepares elementary educators for 21st century classrooms and leads to initial licensure in Virginia.

Powerful teaching results from the interplay of knowledge, curiosity, and reflection about: (a) children and child development, (b) teaching and learning processes in general academic and specific content areas, and (c) the socio-cultural contexts of schooling. Our program is designed to support the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to be innovative, effective, and equity-focused educators.

We provide students with a variety of field experiences and other simulations that allow them to develop and practice their teaching skills with a focus on research-based practices that advance student learning and equity.

Reimagining the future begins with practices that put educational excellence, innovation, and equity at the fore. At the Virginia Tech School of Education, you will develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to transform teaching and learning, conduct groundbreaking research, and engage with learning communities around the globe. Teacher candidates from historically underrepresented populations are especially encouraged to join and contribute to our learning community.

As a global catalyst for individual transformation, we’re pushing the boundaries of knowledge and practice to reimagine a more equitable and just world.


  • To prepare innovative, effective, reflective, and equity-focused elementary educators.
  • To diversify the teaching force within and beyond the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • To provide elementary educators with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to advance inquiry and practice in our public schools and beyond. 

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Virginia Tech discloses whether its educational programs leading to careers that require licensure meet educational requirements for professional licensure in each state, view the determinations for each state here.

Program Deadlines & Dates

M.A.Ed.   Applicants


Early Admission

Regular Admission


October 15

January 31

Ed.D. / Ph.D. Applicants

Starting Semester:



Domestic Deadline:

December  5

July 1

International Deadline:

September 1

April 1


Donna Fogelsong, Assistant Professor of Practice and Program Leader, Elementary Education, smiles broadly at the camera
Donna Fortune, Associate Professor of Practice and Program Leader, Elementary Education

Amy Allen, Assistant Professor, Elementary Education

Christine J. Christianson smiles serenely at the camera, her long blonde hair is in soft curls
Amy Allen, Assistant Professor, Elementary Education
Nancy Bradley, professor in the School of Education, smiles confidently at the camera, wearing a grey suit and a black shirt. Her blonde hair is short and she wears glasses
Nancy Bradley, Associate Director of Office of Academic Programs
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Jesse L. Wilkins, Professor
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Heidi Anne E. Mesmer, Professor
Dr. Dana Robertson, a middle aged white man, wears a blue and white plaid button down shirt and glasses. He smiles for the camera.
Dana Robertson, Associate Professor


Our Elementary Education Teacher Education Program is approved by the Virginia Department of Education, and is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.