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Teacher Education Program

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This curriculum prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university teacher preparation program. It is specifically designed for students who plan to seek endorsement and licensure as teachers in PK-3, PK-6, middle school or special education.

Course Descriptions
Professional Development

EDU 280 - Technology Standards for Teachers

Provides K-12 classroom teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to fulfill the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel. Certification is dependent on the supervisor’s or employer’s approval. Lecture three hours per week.

In EDU 280, teachers will create a technology portfolio with lesson plans, presentations and resources that can be used in their classrooms to improve student learning and enhance engagement.

EDU 280 is offered completely online through the Extended Learning Institute (ELI). More information about ELI can be found http://eli.nvcc.edu/.

If you have questions about taking EDU 280, please contact the instructor:

Ashley Wilkins

Pathways to Becoming a Teacher If You Attend NOVA

Social Sciences With Teacher Education Specialization Associates Degree
This is for students who would like to teach Elementary Education and Special Education.

  • Follow the requirements of the Teacher Education Associates Degree Program. There are no course substitutions allowed in this program.
  • Be sure to take SDV 101, Orientation to Education
  • Submit your PTEAA Letter during EDU 200.
  • Contact an adviser at the university level to insure the specific courses you take as electives are appropriate for transfer.

Teaching Secondary Education (Grades 6/7-12)

  • Follow the coursework requirements for earning an Associates Degree, which will eventually help you to earn a Bachelors Degree in the subject area you would like to teach.
  • Take SDV 101, Orientation to Education, as your student development course.
  • Take EDU 200.
  • Submit your PTEAA Letter during EDU 200.
  • Contact an adviser at the university level to insure the specific courses you take as electives are appropriate for transfer.
  • Check the endorsement requirements for your subject area in the state of Virginia.

As of January 1, 2014, Virginia universities are requiring an exam called the Praxis CORE rather than the Praxis I for admittance in to Teacher Licensure Programs. SAT and ACT scores may still be substituted, but you need to check the university websites to see what scores they would require for substitution with those exams. If you took and passed the Praxis I before January 1, 2014, that will also be accepted. You do NOT need the Praxis CORE to graduate from NOVA, but you WILL need the Praxis CORE when you apply to a Teacher Licensure Program once you transfer. It is best to take this exam once you finish your English and math courses.

VCCS Career Switcher Program

This program is only appropriate if you already have a Bachelor’s Degree and have five or more years of work experience. Visit this website: www.EducateVA.com

The Career Switcher Program was designed to meet the needs of individuals who may need to continue working while completing the necessary coursework to become endorsed. Level One is a 16-week hybrid program that consists of six Saturday sessions at NOVA's Manassas Campus, and the remainder of the coursework online through the use of Blackboard. At the end of Level One, students are issued a one-year Eligibility License, and will enter Level Two when they obtain a teaching position. After one successful year of teaching, students will become fully licensed.

VCCS Career Switchers Endorsement Areas

The Virginia Community College System provides the opportunity to earn teacher licensure in the following endorsement areas:

  • Middle School Mathematics (6-8)
  • Middle School Science (6-8)
  • Middle School (6-8) English/Language Arts
  • Mathematics (6-12)
  • English (6-12)
  • Biology (6-12)
  • Chemistry (6-12)
  • Earth Science (6-12)
  • Physics (6-12)
  • Foreign Languages (K-12)
  • English as a Second Language (K-12)

VCCS Career Switchers Prerequisites

  1. You must have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. You should have a GPA of 2.5 or better in courses applicable to the content area for endorsement.
  3. For ESL only, you must have a minimum of six semester hours in a language other than your home language.
  4. You must have a minimum of five years of professional work experience or its equivalent in addition to your degree. Your work history will be evaluated in terms of of your experience, maturity, professional background, or an ability to apply your career experiences in the classroom.
  5. You must have successfully completed the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) and Praxis II assessments at prescribed levels. The VCLA assesses reading and writing proficiency; PRAXIS II is the content specialty exam. With passing scores on Praxis II you can become endorsed in any content area without further coursework . (NOTE: There is no Praxis II for ESL.)
  6. You must be willing to provide the results of a criminal background check prior to field placement or employment in the classroom.

For more info on Career Switchers, please contact the NOVA adviser for Career Switchers, Jim Gaines at jgaines@nvcc.edu