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How to Become a Teacher in Virginia: Teacher Certification

This is a general guide to the steps a person might take to become certified to teach in the state of Virginia. Please check with your state to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the certification process.

For information regarding teaching salaries in Virginia and related data, see here.

Traditional Approach for the Virginia Teacher Certification

  1. Earn your bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited university.
  2. Teacher Preparations: This may include teacher prep courses, student teaching and other types of internships. In order to receive a Virginia Teacher Certification, you must have some experience in teaching, even if it’s unpaid.
  3. Pass the Praxis I Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment (VCLA) and the Praxis II exams
  4. Pass a Criminal Record Check. Grab a copy of form FD-258 from the police department along with fingerprint cards
  5. Submit the following:
    • Completed Application
    • Official transcripts, degrees, and school credits
    • Completed College Verification Form
    • Copies of all your test scores
    • Application fee of $50 payable to Virginia Dept of Education
    • Mail to:
      Virginia Department of Education
      Division of Teacher Education and Licensure
      P.O. Box 2120
      Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120
      (804) 225-2022
  6. Do you want to renew your Virginia Teacher Certification?

Alternative Approach for a Virginia Teacher Certification

Alternatively, you can earn the Virginia Licensure which allows you to start teaching before you complete the teacher education program.

  1. Obviously you must still earn your Bachelors Degree from an accredited university. Ideally, you should always continue your education in efforts to earn a Master’s degree.
  2. Obtain a recommendation from a Virginia school district
  3. Call (804) 225-2022 or click here

Sources:

  1. Virginia Department of Education, http://www.doe.virginia.gov/
  2. Entry Assessments to Virginia Approved Programs 2012, Virginia Department of Education, http://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/educator_preparation/college_programs/entry_assessment.pdf
  3. Application for a Virginia License 2012, Virginia Department of Education, http://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/licensure/application.pdf
  4. Routes to Licensure in Virginia 2012, Virginia Department of Education, http://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/licensure/multiple_licensure_routes.pdf

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