Site Search:

A browser that supports JavaScript is required to submit the NOVA site search form and to display search results.

Audience Navigation:

Topic Navigation:

Breadcrumb Navigation:

Home > News & Events > Press Releases > 2009 > Teachers needed to fill critical shortages

Press Releases

Teachers needed to fill critical shortages

February 24, 2009

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the demand for school teachers is expected to increase dramatically in the near future, creating a need for 479,000 additional teachers by 2016. More than 1,000 new teachers are hired in the Northern Virginia area each year.

To help fill this significant shortage, Northern Virginia Community College offers an associate degree with a teacher education specialization. The degree is designed to prepare students to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree and teacher licensure.
Several Virginia four-year institutions helped develop the curriculum and have agreed to accept all courses required by it. Some of the universities also guarantee admission to graduates of the program who meet eligibility conditions.

“NOVA has a wonderful teacher preparation program,” said faculty advisor Karen Sheble. “In addition to the classroom learning, our students gain valuable teaching experience through a supervised field placement in a local school. We’re confident graduates of our program are ready to complete a bachelor’s degree at whichever college they select.”

When advising students, Sheble draws on 24 years of teaching experience in elementary schools where she also supervised student teachers and served as a mentor for new kindergarten teachers.

Learn more about the program at or by contacting Sheble at

Students can save thousands of dollars by completing the first two years of college at NOVA and taking advantage of the College’s admissions agreements that guarantee acceptance at dozens of four-year institutions. Students are also encouraged to investigate financial aid options at NOVA and beyond. NOVA graduates with demonstrated financial need are eligible for the new Two-Year College Transfer Grant that pays up to $2,000 per year to complete a bachelor’s degree.

#  #  #

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America’s largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 60,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College’s Web site,