Office of Academic Programs

Thank you for visiting the website of the Virginia Tech School of Education and the Office of Academic Programs. We are here to help students achieve their educational goals and to facilitate the work of the faculty of the School of Education.

The Virginia Tech School of Education offers masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees in 20 areas of professional education, leadership (K-12 and higher education), counseling, instructional design and technology. We offer licensure programs for teachers, counselors, and administrators. Appropriate undergraduate majors have been identified for many programs.

Please help us serve you and others better by letting us know how well our website has served your information needs. Please send your comments to edinfo@vt.edu.

If you are currently an undergraduate or high school student interested in Virginia Tech teacher or school counselor preparation programs, see the Pre-Education Advising Program.

Thank you,

The Staff of the Office of Academic Programs

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School of Education and Virginia Tech Graduate School Forms

All of the School of Education's graduate forms are available for download in Microsoft Word format. The Virginia Tech Graduate School forms are available in Adobe PDF format.

All applications are managed through the Graduate School Admissions. Please check their website for the electronic process. Each program has its own deadline and requirements for admission, so please check with the program to which you are applying for additional details.

Virginia Tech Graduate Forms

Pre-Education Advising Program

PEAP is positioned within the Office of Academic Programs in the School of Education at Virginia Tech and provides support for undergraduate students who wish to pursue careers in Teaching or School Counseling. The program advises students in all majors as to the specific requirements for state endorsements and graduate school admissions, and assists students in moving toward the goal of becoming competitive applicants and highly qualified educators. Click here for more information.

P-12 Licensure

The Virginia Tech School of Education offers licensure programs for teachers, counselors, math and reading specialists, and administrators. All of our licensure programs meet Virginia requirements and are accredited by NCATE. Students who successfully complete the required state testing requirements, program coursework and internship or student teaching through the Virginia Tech School of Education satisfy the Virginia Department of Education requirements and are recommended to the state for licensure. The State of Virginia grants the actual teaching license. The licensure application includes additional information about any historical legal/criminal issues

Teaching Licensure Programs

*Program Area in Career and Technical Education

**Program Area in Curriculum and Instruction within Science Education 

***Program Area in Counselor Education

****Program Area in Curriculum and Instruction 

Advanced Licensure Endorsement

*Program Area in Curriculum and Instruction

**Program Area in Counselor Education

Virginia requires that teacher candidates pass a series of examinations to receive a license. Applicants for teaching licensure programs must submit a passing score report on Praxis Core or approved alternatives for admission. This requirement can also be met by submitting SAT or ACT scores that meet specified minimums. Another alternative is submitting a passing mathematics score on either Praxis Core, SAT, or ACT with a passing VCLA score for the reading and writing components.

Passing scores on Praxis II and the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) must be submitted prior to entering student teaching. The required Praxis II test is specific to the content area of the desired endorsement. Please see individual degree programs for information about which Praxis II to choose. Elementary teaching candidates must pass Reading for Virginia Educators before being recommended for licensure.

Possible Denial of a Teaching License

The Virginia Licensure Regulations for School Personnel (2007, p. 79) states these reasons for which a teaching license may be denied:

  1. Attempting to obtain such license by fraudulent means or through misrepresentation of material facts;
  2. Falsification of records or documents;
  3. Conviction of any felony;
  4. Conviction of any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude;
  5. Conduct with a direct and detrimental effect on the health, welfare, discipline, or morale of students;
  6. Revocation, suspension, or invalidation of the license by another state or territory; or
  7. Other good and just cause of a similar nature.

The Application for a Virginia License asks these questions and requests pertinent information:

  • Have you ever been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or no contest to, a felony? (If yes, please attach a letter of explanation and a copy of the court documents indicating judgment and disposition of the case from the court of conviction.)
  • Have you ever been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or no contest to, a criminal offense in another country? (If yes, attach a letter of explanation and a copy of the court documents indicating judgment and disposition of the case from the court of conviction.)
  • Have you ever been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or no contest to, a misdemean or involving a child (minor)? (If yes, please attach a letter of explanation and a copy of the court documents indicating judgment and disposition of the case from the court of conviction.)
  • Have you ever been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or no contest to, a misdemeanor involving drugs (not alcohol)? (If yes, please attach a letter of explanation and a copy of the court documents indicating judgment and disposition of the case from the court of conviction . )
  • Have you ever had a teaching, administrator, pupil personnel services, or other education - related certificate or license revoked, suspended, invalidated, cancelled, or denied by another state, territory, or country; surrendered such a license; or had any other adverse action taken against such a license? (If yes, please attach a statement giving full details and official documentation of the action taken.)
  • Have you ever been the subject of a founded complaint of child abuse or neglect by a child protection agency? (If yes, please attach a statement giving full details and official documentation of the founded complaint.)
  • Have you ever left any education - or school - related employment, voluntarily or involuntarily, while the subject of an investigation, inquiry, or review of alleged misconduct or when you had reason to believe an investigation of alleged misconduct was under way or imminent? (If yes, please attach a statement giving full details and any official documentation available regarding the investigation, inquiry, or review.)
  • To your knowledge, are you currently the subject of any investigation, inquiry, or review of alleged misconduct that could warrant discipline or termination by a school division or other education - related employer or an adverse action against a teaching, administrator, pupil personnel services, or other education - related license or cert ificate? (If yes, please attach a statement giving full details and any official documentation available regarding the investigation, inquiry, or review.)

If any of these situations apply to you, you must be aware of the possible impact on your future in education and the actions you must take immediately.

  1. If you may not be able to receive a teacher, school counselor, or administrator license in Virginia for any of the reasons above, you may not want to enroll or continue in a program in the School of Education that leads to licensure.
  2. If you choose to enroll in the program, we will try to place you in appropriate schools for your required field experiences. However, school division administrators have the right to refuse your placement in their schools, which will jeopardize our ability to find placement for you. If we cannot find a school division to approve placements for you, your advisor will work with you to seek an alternative assignment to the field experience so that you may complete your degree requirements. In this case, we will not be able to verify your application for a license because you will not have completed the full licensure program.
  3. If you do complete all the requirements for licensure, you must submit to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) the required materials, such as those stated above. These materials will be reviewed by the Superintendent’s Investigative Panel and a decision regarding whether to issue a license will be made by the State Board of Education.
  4. If you were accused of a felony or a misdemeanor involving children or drugs but were acquitted or had your record expunged, you must immediately check with the courts to ensure that your record reflects the acquittal, or has been expunged, or charges were reduced to misdemeanors or charges not involving children or drugs. It is critical that you have documentation of the outcome for your records and to submit to the VDOE.

In Virginia, a practicing teacher who is currently working under a provisional license is required to complete any deficient professional licensure requirements, such as testing and professional studies coursework, within 3 years.

Virginia Tech offers these courses to meet Virginia's professional studies requirements.

Ethics and Academic Integrity

The VT Graduate School requires that all graduate students be trained in some ethical issues around academic issues that are necessary for successful completion of graduate school and beyond, such as writing without plagiarizing and including proper citations. The SOE has developed a training module that most of the programs use for meeting these requirements, and each program has also identified course(s) that meet additional ethical issues that might be more specifically relevant to specific professions.

The information below outlines what is needed according to the program in which students are enrolled, and instructions on how to access the training module in both Scholar and Canvas. When students submit their Plan of Study to their advisor, they need to also submit the grade sheet showing completion of the module with a score of 10, 11 or 12. The directions for printing the grade sheet in included below as well as at the end of the module.

Note: Please use Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer to open the Ethic Modules.

Contact OAP

Office of Academic Programs

402 Wallace Hall (0565)
Blacksburg, VA 24061 

Nancy Bodenhorn, 
Associate Director
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
540-231-8180
nanboden@vt.edu

Dawn Knight, 
Coordinator, Pre-Education Advising Program
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
540-231-6496
dknight1@vt.edu

Jeanette McLingberg, 
Assessment Records
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
540-231-1145
mclingj@vt.edu

Ellen Agee
(School Placements for Teacher and Counselor Education, License Filing for Teacher and Counselor Education with the Virginia Department of Education)
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
540-231-5920
eaagee@vt.edu

Nancy Nolen
Enrollment Services Assistant
(admissions, records and general information for Teacher Education, Instructional Technology, and Learning Sciences programs)
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
540-231-5348
nanolen@vt.edu

Kathy Tickle
Enrollment Services Specialist
(admissions, records and general information for Counselor Education, Educational Leadership, Educational Research and Evaluation, and Higher Education programs)
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
540-231-9721
ktickle@vt.edu

Marie Trimmer
Academic Services Support Technician (scholarships, advisor survey, recruitment)
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
540-231-0393
mtrimmer@vt.edu