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Education Department

The Education Department is committed to providing prospective teachers with a broad-based, liberal arts-oriented education as well as the highest quality of disciplinary preparation in the content area fields and teaching methodology. Unique features of the professional education program include early supervised field experiences usually beginning in the sophomore year, strong mentoring efforts by faculty and staff, and the development of area school partnerships through advisory committees and school division contacts.

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Admission to the Professional Education Program

The professional education programs at Virginia Wesleyan College are periodically reviewed by the State Department of Education and have been designated by the State Board of Education as state approved. Students seeking teacher certification must formally apply for admission to the Professional Education Program.

Application packets are available in the Teacher Education office.

Students interested in becoming teachers must formally apply for admission to the Professional Education Program. Packets for admission are distributed in INST 202 and EDUC 225 classes and are also available in Pruden 102. The packets are to be completed and submitted to Mary Jo Karlis in Pruden 102 before the end of your sophomore year and definitely, one semester before enrolling in 300 level classes.

Students interested in teacher certification will not be allowed to register for upper level (300+) professional education courses until they are admitted into the Professional Education Program. Transfer students must complete and submit the packet for admission by the end of their first semester of coursework at VWC.

Specifically, students will not be able to continue with Education Coursework beyond INST 202, INST 203, EDUC 225, and EDUC 225 until admitted to the Professional Education Program.  Transfer students will not be able to continue with education courses beyond the first semester of attendance until admitted to the Professional Education Program. The 300 –level education courses will be “Consent Only.”

When the completed packet for admission is received, a committee will determine acceptance into the Professional Education Program.  Packets are due on October 15th for Fall acceptance and March 15 for Spring acceptance. A letter will be sent to confirm acceptance.  The packet for admission has the following requirements listed below:

  • Achieve passing scores on Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (composite)  or SAT/ACT equivalent and passing scores on the VCLA, or passing scores on VCLA and Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Math.
  • Maintain an overall cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 at the time of application.
  • Achieve a grade of C or better in ALL Professional Education courses.
  • For History and Social Science, elementary, middle education, and special education must take and pass the Civics Education Module  and submit certification of completion.
  • All teacher candidates must take and pass Child Abuse and Neglect Module and submit certification of completion.
  • All teacher candidates must take and pass the CPR training.

Following admission to the Professional Education Program, a teacher candidate is required to complete the following requirements prior to the preservice student teaching semester to remain in good standing with the department:

  • Maintain the required GPA in your major
    GPA requirement for the Comprehensive Liberal Studies major is 2.5
  • Grades of C or better in ALL Professional Education courses
  • Pass Praxis II prior to the start of preservice student teaching
  • Elementary/Special Education ONLY:
    • Pass the Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) assessment upon completion of EDUC 320 and EDUC 321
    • NOTE: Passing scores on VCLA, Praxis II, and RVE (where applicable) are required for licensure by the Virginia Department of Education

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