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Master's Programs for Licensure Preparation

Master's Programs for Licensure Preparation

Information to get you started on your path to initial teacher licensure, professional licensure, or professional development

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What We Offer

The Virginia Tech School of Education offers master's degree and educational specialist programs that meet the requirements for state licensure or endorsement in the following areas:

Initial Teacher Preparation Programs Professional Programs  Professional Development
Career & Technical Education (M.S.) 
Principal Preparation (M.A.Ed. / Ed.S.) Career & Technical Education  (M.S. / Ed.S.) **
Elementary Education (M.A.Ed.) School Counselor (M.A.Ed.) Reading Specialist (M.A.Ed. / Ed.S.)
History & Social Science Education (M.A.Ed.)     
Mathematics Education (M.A.Ed.) Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.Ed.)   
Music Education    
Science Education (M.A.Ed.)
(options: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, or Physics)
  ** for provisionally licensed CTE teachers

All of our licensure preparation and professional development endorsement programs are approved by the Virginia Department of Education and are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The school counselor licensure preparation program is also accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

Options for Practicing Educators

Did you know that teachers licensed and practicing in the Commonwealth of Virginia may be eligible for a 25% discount on their tuition

If you are a provisionally licensed educator in Virginia, you will need to complete your testing and professional studies coursework within three (3) years of beginning your employment. Provisionally licensed CTE teachers, we have the courses you need,  and, because you are working professionals, we offer them online! 

If you are a licensed and practicing educator who seeks to add to your teaching specialties or to pursue a leadership position in education, consider one of our Professional Development licensure or endorsement M.A.Ed. or Ed.S. programs

The Cohort Model

Many of our programs operate on a cohort model. Members of a given cohort attend all of the same classes in the same sequence and pursue common plans of study.

The benefits of a cohort model are many. The cohort model is designed to facilitate social interaction, collaboration, and the formation of a supportive learning community.

Students in cohorts learn from and help each other with the successful completion of coursework and professional networking. Students who participate in cohort models generally report a strong sense of belonging and are more likely to complete their programs of study in a timely manner.