PreK-12 Teaching

The School of Professional & Continuing Studies provides pathways to teacher licensure at undergraduate and graduate levels in addition to graduate and noncredit coursework for professional development. We seek to be the Richmond region’s premier provider of teacher licensure and professional development for PreK-12 education.

Undergraduate Elementary Licensure Pathway

Our Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA) concentration in Elementary Education prepares students for initial elementary teacher licensure while completing a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. Applicants considering this pathway to teacher licensure should seek to complete an associate’s degree in teacher preparation at a local community college, then apply to the BALA in Liberal Arts.

Graduate Licensure Pathway

Our Master of Teaching (MT) prepares students who’ve already earned a bachelor’s degree to become classroom teachers at elementary and secondary levels. Applicants considering this pathway should have an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants should provide SAT, ACT, GRE or Praxis Core scores when applying.

Professional Development Coursework

Our Professional Development for Educators program offers deeply discounted graduate coursework for current educators. Areas include provisional licensure, English language learners, gifted education, special education, technology education, social and emotional learning (including trauma-informed care) and educational coaching. We also offer noncredit arts integration training and instructional coaching for professional development through Partners in the Arts.

Teacher Licensure Graduation Awards

Awards plaque and books for Cooper Sved

Master of Teaching student Cooper Sved received the Samuel E. Perry, Jr. and Nancy B. Perry Book Award (Grades K-6) during SPCS Night 2021, the school’s annual graduation awards ceremony. Pictured is Sved’s award plaque and books.

Marielle Jones receiving award plaque from Dean Wilson

Master of Teaching student Marielle Jones received the Ann C. Taylor Book Award (Grades 7-12) during SPCS Night 2021, the school’s annual graduation awards ceremony. Pictured is Jones receiving the award plaque from Dean Wilson.

Senoga award plaque and books

Teacher Licensure Preparation student Veronique Zara received the Joanita Bbaale Senoga Book Award in Recognition of Academic Excellence by a Student Whose Native Language is not English during SPCS Night 2021, the school’s annual graduation awards ceremony. Pictures is Zara’s award plaque and books.