Virginia Test Requirements
Effective January 1, 2014 Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests: Reading (5712); Writing (5722) and Mathematics (5732) (ETS)
Students must request that official test score reports be sent directly to George Mason University, CEHD Admissions, 4400 University Dr., MS: 4D1, Fairfax, VA 22030.
In addition to sending official score reports to CEHD Admissions, please ensure that you either request an official score report for your own records, or save the PDF score report available to you after taking the assessment. As required by the Virginia Department of Education, students MUST submit photocopies or original test score reports when applying for licensure. The Licensure Specialist cannot obtain these scores from ANY GMU records.
Praxis Core Academics Skills for Educators Tests (or qualifying substitutes) are required for admission to Mason's state-approved initial licensure programs. Qualifying substitutes include SAT, ACT, or VCLA with qualifying Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (5732), SAT math, or ACT math score.
Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)
The Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) must be passed prior to internship application submission for all initial teacher licensure programs. A composite score of at least 470 must be achieved to meet the VCLA requirement.
Reading for Virginia Educators: Elementary and Special Education (ETS)
The Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE): Elementary and Special Education assessment is only required for students enrolled in one of the following state-approved initial licensure programs: Early Childhood PreK-3, Elementary Education PreK-6, Special Education-General Curriculum and Special Education-Visual Impairments. Students must achieve a test score of at least 157 to meet the RVE: Elementary and Special Education requirement. Please check with you program advisor for information on when the test must be passed for your specific program.
Praxis II (ETS)
Praxis II subject area tests must be passed prior to internship application submission for most initial licensure programs. Visit http://www.ets.org/praxis/va/requirements for a listing of prescribed Praxis II assessments for applicable endorsement areas (Elementary Education, Biology, English, Visual Arts, etc…). Praxis workshops are available at GMU.
Reading for Virginia Educators: Reading Specialist (ETS)
The Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE): Reading Specialist assessment is only required for students enrolled in one of our state-approved Reading Specialist programs. The RVE: Reading Specialist must be passed prior to the last session of the EDRD 635 course. Students must achieve a test score of at least 162 to meet the RVE: Reading Specialist requirement.
School Leaders Licensure Assessment (ETS – School Leadership Series)
The School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) in only required for students enrolled in one of our state-approved Administration and Supervision (Education Leadership) programs. Students must pass the SLLA to receive a Satisfactory passing grade for EDLE 791: Internship in Educational Leadership. Students must achieve a test score of at least 163 to meet the SLLA requirement.