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Applying for a VA License

Criteria for submitting an application for an initial Virginia license

  • You may submit an application for an initial Virginia license if you meet the criteria in at least one of the following:
  • Have completed a state-approved teacher preparation program, to include student teaching; (If you have completed a Virginia approved program, you should request that your application be submitted by the college or university);
  • Have completed a state-approved school counselor, school psychologist, visiting teacher, school social worker or vocational evaluator or hold a current, valid license in another state in one of these pupil personnel services areas;
  • Hold a current, valid license from another state with comparable endorsement(s) or teaching area(s); or
  • Are employed full-time under contract by a Virginia school division (Please submit your application directly to the employing school division.);
  • Have completed an approved program in administration and supervision or hold a current, valid out-of-state license in administration and supervision. [An individual who holds a Virginia teaching license and who is seeking to add an administration and supervision endorsement does not need to submit an application for an initial license, but rather request an additional endorsement.]
  • Are seeking a division superintendent license. (Please note the specific procedures for submitting a division superintendent license application.)

Please note: Do not submit a new application for a license if you hold a five-year renewable Virginia license that has expired. You must meet the renewal requirements that are noted in the Virginia Licensure Renewal Manual.

Refer to the Procedures for Adding an Endorsement if you are seeking an additional endorsement on your Virginia license.

Child abuse recognition and intervention training

The 2002 Virginia General Assembly amended the Code of Virginia to require that individuals seeking initial licensure and license renewal on and after July 1, 2004, must complete study in child abuse recognition and intervention in accordance with curriculum guidelines approved by the Board of Education. All instructional personnel required to hold a license for their positions are required to complete this requirement. Individuals must complete the Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention requirement PRIOR TO EMPLOYMENT IN A VIRGINIA PUBLIC SCHOOL.

Technology standards for instructional personnel

Individuals are required to meet the Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel approved by the Board of Education. Individuals who graduated from an approved teacher preparation program in Virginia since December 1998 have met the requirement as the Technology Standards were incorporated in the program. All other individuals will need to meet this requirement as outlined by the employing Virginia educational agency.

Procedures for applying for an initial Virginia license for teachers

Step 1:  Application Form:  Please respond to all questions.   

Step 2:  Nonrefundable Application Fee:  Attach a certified check, cashier's check, money order, or personal check made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia. The in-state fee is $50 and the out-of-state fee is $75.       Note:  The fee is determined by the address on your application.  A $35 processing fee is assessed for a check returned for any reasonReturned checks are subject to collection action.

Step 3:  College Verification Form:  Send this form to the certification/licensure officer of the college or university where you completed a state-approved teacher preparation program. The student teaching/practicum/internship verification (Part III) must be completed for each student teaching/practicum/internship experience.  (If you have completed a state-approved program at the undergraduate and graduate levels, please have both institutions complete a form.

Step 4:  Professional Teacher's Assessment Scores:  Please submit a copy of your scores for the licensure assessments required.  Scores requested to be sent to the licensure office through the assessment company may not arrive in this office through the electronic transfer process; therefore, it is necessary for individuals to submit copies of all scores to the licensure office.  Please refer to the following Web site for testing information:  http://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/licensure/prof_teacher_assessment.pdf.  Individuals who hold a valid out-of-state license (full credential without deficiencies) and who have completed a minimum of three years of full-time, successful teaching experience in a public or accredited nonpublic school (kindergarten through grade 12) in a state other than Virginia may be exempted from the professional teacher's assessment requirements.

Step 5:  Official Student Transcripts:  Contact the registrar's office of each college or university where you have earned degrees or completed course work.  Request official student transcripts to be sent to you, and submit the transcripts with your application packet.  Official student transcripts (bearing the registrar's signature and embossed seal) that have been issued to students are acceptable.  Placement records sent from colleges, grade reports, and photocopies of transcripts will not be accepted or returned.

Step 6:  Certification of Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention Training:  The Code of Virginia requires that individuals seeking initial licensure and license renewal on and after July 1, 2004, must complete study in child abuse recognition and intervention in accordance with curriculum guidelines approved by the Board of Education.  Individuals must complete the Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention requirement PRIOR TO BECOMING LICENSED.  A training module, available at no cost, is accessible at: http://www.dss.virginia.gov/family/cps/mandated_reporters/cws5691/index.html.  Be sure your computer is connected to a printer when completing this training so you can print the certificate of completion.  Submit a copy of this certificate with your completed application.

Step 7:  Emergency First Aid, CPR, and AED Training or Certification:  The 2013 General Assembly amended the Code of Virginia to require that every person seeking initial licensure or renewal of a license shall provide evidence of completion of certification or training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of automated external defibrillators. The certification or training program shall be based on the current national evidence-based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator, such as a program developed by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.  The Board shall provide a waiver for this requirement for any person with a disability whose disability prohibits such person from completing the certification or training.

The following must be included on official documentation submitted to the licensure office by an individual:

  • Individual's full name (matching the name on licensure forms and the individual's license, if applicable).
  • Title or description of training or certification completed that must clearly indicate that all three components were included 1) emergency first aid; 2) CPR, and 3) AED.
  • Date the training or certification was completed.
  • Signature and title of the individual providing the training or certification OR printed certificate from the organization or group that provided the training or certification.  Legible copies of wallet-sized certification cards or other sized certifications, containing the above information, from organizations providing current national evidence-based emergency cardiovascular care for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator, such as a program developed by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross will be accepted.

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