Teaching Degrees in Virginia

Those interested in pursuing a teaching degree in Virginia should keep some important information in mind, including:

  • The impact of a master’s degree
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Virginia teacher certification

Also included here is a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully- accredited teaching degrees in Virginia.

Teaching Degrees in Virginia

There are fifteen accredited college and university teaching degree programs in Virginia. A new teacher in Virginia can expect to earn $36,634; the overall average salary for teachers in the state is $48,365. Teachers with master’s degrees comprise 36.1 percent of educators; these typically earn $3,290 per year more than their counterparts with bachelor’s degrees.

Teaching Scholarships and Grants in Virginia

There are many options for grants and scholarships in Virginia. These include:

Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship
All applicants for this $500 award must reside in Shenandoah County, and must be majoring in an education field.

Aspiring Educator Program
This College of William and Mary program is targeted at helping those students seeking a career in special education and related service majors.

Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship
A $500 award will be granted to a female education major in her senior undergraduate year at the College of William and Mary.

James Madison University, College of Education
Information on a number of scholarships at James Madison University is available through this portal page.

Tidewater Teacher Scholarship
Applicants can receive a $1500 award, but must be employed by a school in the Hampton Roads geographic area and teach in a Pre-K through 12 classroom. The requirements include a minimum of three years classroom teaching experience, current full time status, with an agreement to return to their district in the next school year.

Virginia Higher Education Teacher Assistance Program
The Virginia Higher Education Teacher Assistance Program was established by SCHEV to help address the teacher shortage in Virginia by assisting undergraduate students enrolled in a K-12 teacher preparation program.

Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program (VTSLP)
The primary purpose of the Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program (VTSLP) is to provide financial support to students who are preparing to teach in one of Virginia’s critical shortage teaching areas.

Virginia Tech: Teacher Education Scholarships
This is the portal page for Virginia Tech’s scholarship programs targeted at future educators, including those for science, elementary education, and general teaching-related scholarships and financial aid programs.

Virginia Teacher Certification

A teaching degree in Virginia will be at least a bachelor’s degree. Other certification requirements include:

  • Recommendation for licensure by an approved and accredited teacher preparation program which the applicant has completed
  • Criminal background checks and child abuse clearances
  • Successful completion of the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) and Praxis II exams
  • Completion of a technology training program and mandated reporter training for child abuse recognition and intervention

Virginia also offers the Career Switcher Program for those wishing to effect a career change into teaching. To take this path, applicants must possess five years of professional work experience, complete the coursework required for the desired teaching area, and obtain high enough scores on the required VCLS and Praxis exams.

The Troops to Teachers program is also available in Virginia to aid armed forces veterans pursuing a career as a teacher.

Important Note: Virginia accepts teaching certifications from other states through the Interstate Reciprocity Program.

Virginia teaching licenses last for five years. Renewal requires 180 professional development points, which come from a mixture of college credits, professional seminars and conferences, and other professional development activities. College credits in the content endorsement area must account for half of these points if the applicant is a bachelor’s-level teacher.

Additional Resources about Teaching in Virginia

The following resources provide additional information relevant to obtaining a teaching degree in Virginia and maintaining this status.

Virginia Department of Education
The Virginia Department of Education provides extensive information on licensing and certification renewal as well as other education-related issues in the state.

Virginia Department of Labor
The Virginia Department of Labor has a wealth of information for the general labor and workforce in Virginia.

Virginia Education Association
This is the website for the Virginia branch of the National Education Association, a national teachers union defends the rights of educators and advocates for educational standard improvements throughout the country.

Education Workforce Data and Reports
This website provides not only salary information for teachers, administrators and staff in Virginia, but areas of critical teaching need.

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