Teacher Preparation Programs
Virginia colleges and universities have state-approved, educator preparation programs that lead to full licensure. After a student completes a state-approved program, their college or university makes the recommendation for the full 5-year, renewable license.
The requirements for Commonwealth of Virginia teacher licensure are:
- A conferred bachelor's degree in the arts or sciences from a regionally accredited institution. Graduates of foreign institutions of higher education must have an evaluation completed by a VDOE approved agency
- Passing scores on Assessment Requirements for Virginia licensure.
- Endorsement area course work. Specific course work in the endorsement area (English, history/social science, mathematics, sciences, elementary, etc.) is required.
- Education course work in the candidate's educator preparation program.
- Clinical Experience: An internship or one year of successful teaching experience. Internship (or student teaching) is offered through Mason's state-approved education preparation programs.
- Emergency First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, and the use of Automated External Defibrillators.
George Mason University will verify completion of the requirements of a Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) state-approved preparation program at the graduate or undergraduate level. Such verification does not guarantee the issuance of a Virginia Collegiate Professional, Postgraduate Professional, or Pupil Personnel license from the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is solely the student's responsibility to comply with all requirements for licensure by the Commonwealth. Under Virginia law, a social security number is required for licensure.