How To Become a Teacher in Virginia


Becoming a teacher in Virginia requires diligence and research to determine the necessary requirements and education necessary to teach in the area and grade level of your choice. The information below is meant to guide you through the process of how to become a teacher in Virginia. Since each state has its own unique laws about teacher licensure, it is best to determine exactly where you wish to teach before fulfilling any requirements. However, if you complete your education in another state, you may still be eligible to become a teacher based on reciprocity. However, reciprocity agreements also vary from state to state, so make sure you research carefully.

Virginia Teacher Certification Roadmap

Areas of Teacher Certification

Virginia offers the following areas of certification and endorsement:

  • Art: Content Knowledge
  • Art: Content Knowledge
  • Biology: Content Knowledge
  • Braille Proficiency
  • Special Education–Visual Impairments
  • Business Education: Content Knowledge
  • Chemistry: Content Knowledge
  • Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge
  • Elementary Education: Content Knowledge
  • English Language, Literature and Composition: Content Knowledge
  • French: Content Knowledge
  • French: World Language
  • German: Content Knowledge
  • German: World Language
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge
  • Marketing Education
  • Mathematics: Content Knowledge
  • Middle School English/Language Arts
  • Middle Education English
  • Middle School Mathematics (
  • Middle School Science
  • Middle School Social Studies
  • Middle Education History and Social Sciences
  • Music: Content Knowledge
  • Physics: Content Knowledge
  • Social Studies: Content Knowledge
  • Spanish: Content Knowledge
  • Spanish: World Language
  • Technology Education

Virginia Teaching Certificate Requirements

  • Completed a state-approved teacher preparation program, including student teaching;
  • Completed study in child abuse recognition and intervention in accordance with curriculum guidelines approved by the Board of Education
  • A bachelors degree
  • Passing score on the Praxis II content area assessments
  • Completed application

Education Requirements

In order to become a teacher in Virginia, you must possess a minimum of a bachelor's degree. If you do not meet this requirement, here are some of the top online education degree programs to help you meet the requirements of becoming a teacher.


Applicants for a teaching license in Virginia must take the following assessments:

  • Academic Skills Assessment - Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)
  • Content Assessment - Virginia Praxis II assessments
  • Reading Assessment - required for individuals seeking initial licensure with endorsements in:
    • Early/Primary Education preK-3
    • Elementary Education preK-6
    • Special Education-General Curriculum
    • Special Education-Hearing Impairments
    • Special Education-Visual Impairments
    • Reading Specialist

Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention

The child abuse recognition and intervention curriculum has been approved by both the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Department of Social Services as meeting the required curriculum guidelines for Virginia teacher licensure certification.


Virginia does not require fingerprinting or a background check as part of their teacher certification process. However, individual school districts may require you to submit fingerprints for a criminal background check.

Certification Reciprocity

Virginia offers licensure by reciprocity if you have a valid out-of-state license. You must apply with the Department of Education by submitting a complete application packet, and your application will be assessed to determine if you qualify for teacher licensure through reciprocity.

Virginia Alternative Teacher Certification

The Virginia Career Switcher Alternative Route to Licensure Program offers an alternative pathway to teacher certification to working professionals with a bachelor's degree and five (5) years of work experience who want to change careers to teaching.

In addition, an alternative route to licensure is available through the recommendation of your employing Virginia school division or nonpublic school. A three-year nonrenewable license can be issued through satisfying endorsement course work, experiential learning, or by meeting the provisional-special education requirements. Read about the requirements for this alternative route to teacher certification.

The Virginia Troops to Teachers assists former military personnel with their transition to teaching as a second career.

Another alternative route is African American Teaching Fellows, who helps recruit, support, develop, and retain a cadre of African American teachers to serve the schools of Charlottesville and Albemarle County in Virginia.

Become a Substitute Teacher In Virginia

If you have a college degree but don't qualify for a teaching certificate, you may consider how to become a substitute teacher in Virginia. You may substitute teach while you attain your teaching credentials through an accredited online program.

Teacher Jobs In Virginia

One of the best ways to find a job teaching in Virginia is to contact the school district in which you want to teach. Here's a list of Virginia school districts to help you in your job search. Just contact the school district about employment opportunities and you'll soon have a job as a teacher in Virginia.

Virginia Teacher Salaries

Virginia teacher salaries vary by school district, number of years teaching, and level of education. To help give you an idea of how much money a teacher in Virginia makes, Wise County Public Schools publishes a yearly Virginia teacher salary schedule that shows teacher salaries in Virginia. At this time, teacher salaries range from 34,000 to 59,197, with higher salaries going to teachers with longer work experience and a masters of education. In addition, the Virginia Department of Education also publishes a yearly teacher salary report that shows classroom teacher salaries by district, as well as the average salary compared to other states. At this time, the average teacher salary in Virginia is $52,309.

Resources for Teacher Certification in Virginia

Virginia Department of Education
Division of Teacher Education and Licensure
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120
(804) 225-2022

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