Office of Academic Programs
Starting September 1, 2020, the SOE Office of Academic Program office will be staffed and open between 9:00 - 5:00 on Mondays through Thursdays (Closed on Fridays). If you wish to meet with particular person within the OAP, please contact that individual to schedule a face-to-face or Zoom meeting. All OAP Staff can all be reached by email Monday – Friday between 9:00 and 5:00 pm.
The Virginia Tech School of Education Office of Academic Programs is here to help students achieve their educational goals and to facilitate the work of the faculty in the School of Education.
The Virginia Tech School of Education offers 14 graduate degrees and 5 certificate programs online and in locations throughout Virginia including Blacksburg, Roanoke, Richmond, Hampton Roads, Abingdon, and Northern Virginia. We offer programs in Teacher Education and Preparation in a variety of disciplines: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Higher Education, Counselor Education and Supervision, Instructional Design and Technology, Educational Psychology, Integrative STEM, and the interdisciplinary program, Foundations in Education. Information about our degree and certificate programs can be found on our Academic Programs webpage.
If you are currently an undergraduate or high school student interested in the Virginia Tech teacher or school counselor preparation programs, please visit the Pre-Education Advising Program website.
School of Education Resources
Teacher Preparation & Licensing Resources
Graduate School Resources
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.
The Pre-Education Advising Program (PEAP) is positioned within the Office of Academic Programs in the VT School of Education. It provides support for undergraduate students who wish to pursue careers in Teaching or School Counseling. The program advises students in all majors regarding the specific requirements for state endorsements and graduate school admissions, and assists students in moving toward the goal of becoming a competitive applicant and highly qualified educator. Click here to access the PEAP website with complete information about the Pre-Education Advising Program at Virginia Tech.
The Virginia Tech School of Education offers licensure programs for elementary, middle, and secondary teachers, counselors, math and reading specialists, and administrators. All of our licensure programs meet Virginia Department of Education requirements and are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) or the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).
Students who successfully complete the required state testing requirements, program coursework and internship or student teaching through VT School of Education’s approved programs will satisfy the Virginia Department of Education’s (VA DOE) requirements for state licensure.
Students apply directly to the Virginia Department of Education for their license, which is issued after the VA DOE completes a full background check.
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.
Virginia requires that teacher candidates pass a series of examinations to receive a license. Applicants for teaching licensure programs (who did not graduate from Virginia Tech) 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.
Passing scores on Praxis II subject assessment 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 also pass the Reading for Virginia Educators before being recommended for licensure.
- Entry Assessments to Virginia Approved Programs (downloaded PDF includes passing scores for Praxis Core, and SAT/ACT substitutions)
- Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics (non-VT grads only)
- SAT scores being used in place of Praxis Core (non-VT grads only)
- ACT scores being used in place of Praxis Core (non-VT grads only)
- Assessment Requirements for Virginia Licensure (downloaded Microsoft Word includes passing scores for Praxis II, VCLA, and RVE)
- For more information about Praxis tests or to register on-line go to: www.ets.org
- Prometric Testing Center (for Praxis tests; downloadable PDF document))
- For more information about the VCLA or to register on-line go to: http://www.va.nesinc.com/
- Please visit the Pre-Education Advising Program website for detailed information regarding all Virginia Tech requirements for acceptance to Master's programs for teacher licensure, and for detailed information on testing requirements, additional course requirements, and job postings.
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:
- Attempting to obtain such license by fraudulent means or through misrepresentation of material facts;
- Falsification of records or documents;
- Conviction of any felony;
- Conviction of any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude;
- Conduct with a direct and detrimental effect on the health, welfare, discipline, or morale of students;
- Revocation, suspension, or invalidation of the license by another state or territory; or
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The VT Graduate School requires that all graduate students complete a training in ethical issues and academic integrity as they relate to graduate education. The SOE has developed a training module to meet this requirement. Each program area has also identified course(s) that address ethical issues related to specific disciplines and professions.
The information below outlines how to meet the Ethics and Academic Integrity training requirement, organized by program. When students submit their Plan of Study to their advisor, they will need to provide evidence of their successful completion of the required training.
Note: Please use Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer to open the Ethics Modules.
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Contact Office Associate Director:
Dr. Nancy Bradley
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Prospective Student Inquiries:
Academic Services Support Technician
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Coordinator, Pre-Education Advising Program
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Assessment Records Inquiries:
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Enrollment Services Assistant
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Enrollment Services Specialist
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