Those interested in becoming certified teachers in Virginia can find certificate and degree programs in teaching and education. Programs that qualify students for the required Virginia state licensing exams usually lead to a bachelor's degree, master's degree or post-baccalaureate certificate. It is common for such programs to include subject-area concentrations, such as mathematics or language arts, and student teaching experiences. After getting licensed, students can continue their education with graduate degree programs that prepare them for work in educational leadership, curriculum development or educational research.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Since opening in 1872, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, located in Blacksburg, has grown into a research facility offering over 240 degree programs to more than 32,000 students each year. The school offers teaching education programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.
Aspiring mathematics teachers can pursue a bachelor's degree in mathematics education that requires math courses and education courses, as well as study of a foreign language. Aspiring elementary teachers already possessing a bachelor's degree can pursue an education master's degree in curriculum and instruction in elementary education, which is offered in 14-month, 12-month and 2-year formats.
The school also offers Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Education Specialist (Ed.S.) programs in special education. Requiring a bachelor's degree for admission, the Ph.D. program is for those interested in doing research in special education. The 30-credit Ed.S. program requires 30 hours of course work, research and evaluated classroom practice, and it is for those who aren't interested in pursuing a doctorate but want more than a master's degree.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Commonwealth University is a multi-campus school that serves more than 30,000 students on its two Richmond campuses. The school offers seven types of degrees in education studies and more than ten teaching certificate programs.
Students can pursue a combined bachelor's and master's degree that includes several courses in a chosen concentration, or they can enroll in the secondary school teaching certificate program if they already have a bachelor's degree. The school also offers a master's degree program in curriculum and instruction for experienced educators, and this program features concentrations in teaching and learning, physical education and instructional technology. Students can also enroll in an interdisciplinary doctoral program that offers concentrations in school administration leadership, administrative support, research, special education, urban community services and educational psychology.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University||4-year, public; small city|| BS in Mathematics Education,
MA in Education in Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Education,
Ph.D. in Special Education,
Ed.S. in Special Education
|$13,620 (in-state), $31,908 (out-of-state)*|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||4-year, public; midsize city|| BA or BS in Interdisciplinary Studies/Master of Teaching,
Certificate in Teaching,
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction,
Ph.D. in Education
|$14,493 (in-state), $35,834 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator