Teacher Licensure State Requirements - Virginia

Become a Teacher in Virginia

Virginia teaching certificate

If you aspire to become a teacher, Western Governors University can help. Our online teaching certification programs will prepare you to effectively educate others.

Before becoming a licensed teacher in Virginia, you must meet all of Virginia's teacher certification requirements (for those who have attended out-of-state teacher preparation programs), including:

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree program from an accredited college or university.
  • Completion of a state-approved teacher education program, and recommendation for certification by the approved program.
  • Passing scores on the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA).
  • Passing scores on the required subject matter exams.
  • Completion of technology training and child abuse recognition and intervention training. The technology training is incorporated into WGU’s programs. The child abuse recognition and intervention training can be completed through a free training module.

Note: Listed requirements are current and are subject to change at any time, even during enrollment.

For the most current information about becoming a licensed teacher in the state of Virginia, please check the Virginia Teacher Licensure student handbook article.

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