Professional Track

Teacher Licensure

The mission of the Teacher Education Program at Southern Virginia University is to prepare students to become teachers who are intelligent, compassionate, honorable, and dynamic leaders in their classrooms, schools, and communities.

The teacher education program envisions preparing informed lifelong leaders and learners who value the dignity of all persons and are ready and willing to share a pilgrimage of openness and continuous growth as they invite others to join them.

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  1. About the Program

    Students at Southern Virginia University can earn a Virginia state license in:

    • Elementary PreK-6 Education
    • Music Vocal and/or Instrumental PreK-12 Education
    • Middle and Secondary Education (6-12) in:
      • – English
      • – Mathematics
      • – Biology
      • – History & Social Science
    • Algebra I add-on
    • Spanish Pre K-12 Education

  2. RTEC Consortium with W&L

    Southern Virginia currently participates in a consortium with Washington and Lee University. The Rockbridge Teacher Education Consortium (RTEC) allows Southern Virginia University students the opportunity to visit both campuses to complete education coursework required for licensure. Detailed information pertaining to each endorsement area is located below on each checklist. Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or visit the Registrar’s office to discuss course and fieldwork requirements if they are interested in pursuing a career in teaching.

  3. The Liberal Arts Advantage

    A liberal arts education provides excellent preparation for an elementary teaching license. Every state requires professional education courses for licensure in order to be able to teach in the public-school systems. In most cases, students who meet the requirements for a Virginia teaching license will receive initial licensure to teach in all other states through reciprocal agreements among state departments of education. In addition, many private schools favor applicants who have been licensed through a state-approved program.

Getting Started in the Teacher Licensure Track

Follow these simple steps below to get a head start in the
Teacher Licensure Track today.

Contact Your Advisor

Get in touch with New Tab, Open Bio of: Professor Kimberley Kearney to discuss your interests and goals.


Declare your track on the PDFDeclare Major Form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office

Questions? Contact the Registrar at

“ [With this licensure], students can step into a career that is in high demand anywhere they go, and start earning an income…This license is a weapon in your arsenal that will help get you a career right out of college.”

—Instructor of Teacher Education, Jordan Clark


Professor Jordan Clark

Jordan Clark

Instructor of Teacher Education

Kimberley Kearney

Kimberley Kearney

Assistant Professor of Education, Director of Teacher Licensure Program