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Teacher Licensure Preparation

Our Teacher Licensure Preparation (TLP) program offers the coursework required by the Virginia Department of Education to become a licensed Virginia teacher. Our licensure programs are approved by the Virginia Board of Education and nationally accredited by CAEP.

We offer a graduate certificate for adult students who already have a bachelor’s degree, along with an undergraduate concentration in elementary education for adult students seeking the School’s Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA). Admission is open to qualified applicants with a bachelor’s degree and to applicants earning the BALA.

We offer endorsements in elementary education (grades preK-6), secondary content areas (grades 6-12) and comprehensive content areas (grades preK-12). Students who complete the graduate TLP program are eligible to apply a portion of their coursework and experiences toward the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction.

Students in the program may also pursue elective coursework related to English as a Second Language (ESL), gifted education and special education.

Advice to Non-U.S. Citizens & International Applicants

The Virginia Department of Education requires strict adherence to its transcript and mark sheet evaluation guidelines. Review admissions requirements for International Students & Non-U.S. Citizens to review the requirements for Virginia Licensure.

Course of Study
Undergraduate Concentration

Undergraduate Concentration in Education

Undergraduate students may opt for an additional concentration in education toward elementary teacher licensure preparation while working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA) degree.

Professional Studies

24 semester hours.

EDUC 317U Foundations of Education
EDUC 318U Diverse Learners
EDUC 338U Advanced Instructional Design
EDUC 358U Classroom and Behavior Management
EDUC 306U Content and Pedagogy for Elementary Science and Social Studies
EDUC 324U Reading Foundations for Early Literacy Instruction
EDUC 326U Assessment, Intervention and Literacy Strategies for Elementary Readers
EDUC 327U Content and Pedagogy for Elementary Mathematics

Field Experience

14 semester hours (includes EDUC 485U Teaching Seminar)

EDUC 475U Student Teaching, Elementary (PreK-6)
EDUC 485U Student Teaching Seminar
Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Teacher Licensure Preparation (TLP)

Professional Studies - All Candidates

12 semester hours. All candidates must complete the following courses.

EDUC 517U Foundations of Education
EDUC 518U Diverse Learners
EDUC 538U Advanced Instructional Design
EDUC 558U Classroom and Behavior Management

Professional Studies—Elementary

12 semester hours. Elementary candidates only.

EDUC 506U Content and Pedagogy for Elementary Science and Social Studies
EDUC 524U Reading Foundations for Early Literacy Instruction
EDUC 526U Assessment, Intervention and Literacy Strategies for Elementary Readers
EDUC 527U Content and Pedagogy for Elementary Mathematics

Professional Studies—Secondary & Comprehensive

6 semester hours. Secondary and comprehensive candidates only.

EDUC 542U Teaching in Middle and Secondary Schools
EDUC 550U Content Area Literacy

Field Experience

14 semester hours (appropriate Student Teaching plus EDUC 585U Seminar)

EDUC 575U Student Teaching, Elementary (PreK-6)
EDUC 577U Student Teaching, Secondary (6-12)
EDUC 578U Student Teaching, Comprehensive (PreK-12)
EDUC 585U Student Teaching Seminar

Review information about this and other certificate program graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information.

Student Teaching

TLP students should review the Teacher Preparation Handbook prior to and during their student teaching experience.

Contact Us

Graduate Education Program
Professional & Continuing Studies
North Court
28 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8427

TLP-specific Scholarships & Assistance

The Graduate Education program has worked with the University’s Office of Foundation, Corporate & Government Relations to identify scholarships and financial assistance opportunities specifically designed for pre-service teachers.

AAEE Janice Jones Scholarships for Prospective Teachers — AAEE (American Association for Employment in Education) and the Janice Jones Scholarship Fund offer a scholarship of $800 to qualified students enrolled in a teacher prep program for a “critical need area” at an accredited university or college (which holds an AAEE membership).

ACS-Hach Second Career Teacher Scholarship — ACS (American Chemical Society) and Hach offer a scholarship of up to $3,000 for professionals who are either pursuing a Master in Education or working towards certification in teaching chemistry/science.

AFCEA Educational Foundation STEM Teacher Scholarships — The Foundation is offering competitive based scholarships of $2,500 up to $5,000 each to students actively pursuing a graduate degree or credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) subjects at a U.S. school in grades K-12.

DAR Edward G. and Helen A. Borgens Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education Scholarships — DAR offers two one-time, preferred amount awards of up to $1,500 for students 25 years of age or older. One award is given to students studying to teach at the elementary school level, the other to students studying to teach at the secondary level. The award is based on academic merit and is not automatically renewable; however, recipients may reapply for consideration as long as they meet the eligibility requirements. DAR society membership (or relation to a member) may be required.