Virginia Teacher Education Programs

(found programs from 46 schools)

VA Dept of Education:
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/
Teacher Certification in VA:
Virginia Teacher Certification Info

Follow the links below to find schools offering different types of teacher education programs in Virginia. If you are trying to become a teacher, and you plan on working in Virginia, you should definitely take a look at the Department of Education's website. The individual states make a lot of their own decisions about how teachers need to be prepared.

Also, as a rule, you should contact multiple schools if you are seriously considering going back for a degree or certificate in education. There can sometimes be very significant differences in tuition, admissions requirements, and so on, even between schools that you might think are very similar. So, it's always a good idea to contact a number of schools and do a little comparison shopping.

Overview

Sometimes called the "Mother of Presidents" because it has produced eight of the nation’s leaders, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, Virginia played a pivotal role in America’s early history. The English established their first permanent settlement at Jamestown, and both the British and the Confederacy surrendered in Virginia. Today, the state is still tied closely to the federal government. Langley is home to the CIA and many federal employees live in the state. Teachers are paid well and can choose to live and work in large, urban areas around Washington, DC or more rural communities.

Teacher Education in Virginia

Looking for a teaching program is easy in Virginia. The state has nearly 45 schools to choose from with a wide variety of learning environments and subject areas in which to specialize. Undergraduate credit hour requirements vary depending on subject or specialization area.

Teaching Careers in Virginia

With a mean annual salary of $51,470 according to 2010 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, teachers are well-paid in Virginia. The state will also pay more for math and science teachers. Teachers willing to work in rural areas may also receive higher pay, and post-secondary educators can expect to earn at least $65,000 annually.

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