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Get on track to a teaching career with NOVA's Education Program

Start on your path to becoming a PK-6, middle school, or special education teacher with NOVA's education program. You'll be prepared to transfer to a four-year teacher preparation program.


Associate Degree in Education

Seamlessly transfer to a four-year college or university with NOVA's Associate of Science (AS) in Education degree. Courses are designed to satisfy some of the endorsement and professional course requirements for a Virginia Teaching license.

Two Years
Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Woodbridge, Online
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Education: Teaching Professional Career Studies Certificate

Explore teaching as a career while gaining skills for entry-level jobs with NOVA's Career Studies Certificate (CSC) in Education. NOVA's certificate program offers some professional coursework for provisionally licensed teachers in Virginia. You may receive credit for prior learning fo your work experience. By earning NOVA's education certificate, you also open the door to job opportunities as a substiture teacher or instructional assistant.

One Year
Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Woodbridge, Online
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Why Study Education at NOVA?

Qualified Education Faculty

You'll learn from NOVA faculty who have qualifications, experience, and expertise in the education field. They're also supportive, accessible, and responsive and will help you prepare to teach.

Skill-Building Education Courses

You'll take courses in NOVA's education program that will give you the knowledge, skills and competencies you need to start on your path to a bachelor's degree and a future teaching degree.

Affordable Education Programs

You'll receive an affordable education degree or certificate. You may even qualify for NOVA scholarships to offset the cost of tuition and fees.

Program Details

Pathways to Becoming a Teacher if You Attend NOVA

Students will need to complete their bachelor's degree to become a licensed teacher in Virginia. Upon completion of the AS in Social Sciences with a Specialization in Teacher Education, students can find employment as substitute teachers and instructional assistants.

  • Social Science with Teacher Education Specialization Associates Degree
  • Teaching Secondary Education (Grades 6/7-12)
  • VCCS Career Switcher Program


Northern Virginia Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate degree and certificate in education.

Education Program Career Outcomes

The education program at NOVA will prepare you to transfer into a teacher preparation program at a four-year college or university. By earning a bachelor's degree, you could go on to become a PK-6, middle school, or special education teacher.

Credits and
Transfer Info

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for prior learning (CPL) generally refers to the process of granting college credit for learning gained in nontraditional ways, including but not limited to: certifications, AP or IB exams, military training, or life experience.


Learn more about possible transfer opportunities associated with this program of study. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to further discuss their plans.

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