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Think You Want to Be a Teacher?. Presented by: The College of Education and Human Development George Mason University SPRING 2009 Please sign in at the door and help yourself to information. Teachers are Nation Builders.

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think you want to be a teacher
Think You Want to Be a Teacher?

Presented by:

The College of Education and Human Development

George Mason University


Please sign in at the door and

help yourself to information.

teachers are nation builders
Teachers are Nation Builders

“A teacher affects eternity; they can never tell where their influence stops.” ~Henry Adams

why would you want to become a teacher
Why would you want to become a teacher?
  • Make a Difference
  • Change Lives
  • Engage Minds
  • Touch the future (Intel)
  • It’s a good profession
    • Fulfilling
    • Stable
    • Benefits
    • Opportunities for growth
Licensure: the initial designation from the state of Virginia

Endorsement: Designation on the license noting ages or grade levels and/or subjects, disciplines and disabilities


Example: I am licensed to teach secondary education, grades 6-12, math

steps to licensure in virginia
Steps to LicensureIn Virginia
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Content/endorsement requirement course work
  • Praxis I passing scores or SAT/ACT equivalent scores (admission requirement)
  • Complete a state-approved program
  • Praxis II passing scores (Elementary, Secondary, Foreign Language)
  • Pass Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)
  • Virginia Reading Assessment (VRA) (Special Ed, Reading specialists, Elementary, UTEEM, EPK-3)
  • ACTFL OPI and WPT (Foreign Language)

These requirements meet Virginia’s definition of a highly qualified teacher.

licensure faq s
Will my Virginia teacher’s license “transfer” to other states?

Because Virginia has some of the highest teacher licensure requirements in the country, many states have agreed to offer “reciprocity.”

Licensure FAQ’s

Virginia has reciprocity with most states. If you are considering teaching in another state, you will need to contact the department of education in that state regarding how to obtain licensure.

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What is a Provisional License?

A three-year, non-renewable license for someone who does not hold a current, valid license.

An applicant must first be hired by a Virginia school division based on the content requirements for the teaching area for which the individual is applying.

Licensure FAQ’s
critical shortage areas in virginia
The Virginia Department of Education has identified several critical shortage teaching areas.

2007-2008 shortage areas vary by geographical areas, i.e. specific to divisions or rural/urban areas.

Special Education

Elementary Education


Middle Grades 6-8

Career and Technical Education

Foreign Language

Health and PE




Critical Shortage Areas in Virginia
mason s teacher licensure programs
The Graduate School of Education offers a variety of teacher licensure programs. Many also offer an optional master’s degree upon completing licensure coursework.

Early Childhood Education (PK-3)

ECE PK-3, ECE UTEEM, EC Special Education

Elementary Education (PK-6)

Secondary Education (6-12)

Special Education

ESL (PK-12)

Foreign Language (PK-12)

Secondary Education/Career Switcher program (6-12)

English, History, Math, Sciences (Biology, Earth Science, Physics)

Mason’s Teacher Licensure Programs
what should i do before applying
Research program information on the GSE website:

Note that GSE programs have varying application deadlines for fall and spring

Complete online endorsement review - Submit unofficial transcripts to the Licensure Specialist for evaluation of content endorsement requirements and for information regarding CLEP exams.


Foreign Language endorsements are handled by

Nanette Rutsch -

What should I do before applying?
how do i apply
A complete application includes:

Graduate application

Official transcripts

Goal statement

Three letters of recommendation

Passing Praxis I test scores or SAT/ACT equivalent

Endorsement review

Additional program specific materials, where appropriate (

How do I apply?
how do i get admitted
Your application will be evaluated using the following standards:

A minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 credit hours

Praxis I composite score of at least 532 OR SAT/ACT equivalent

Strong letters of recommendation

Endorsement requirements fulfilled

Interview and writing sample also required by some programs

How do I get admitted?
praxis tests
Praxis Tests
  • Praxis I consists of reading, writing and math sections
  • A composite score of 532 or SAT/ACT equivalent is required
  • Praxis II tests content knowledge (i.e., math, history, Spanish)
  • Both tests must be passed in order to be placed in your final internship
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The test is administered by the Educational Testing Service

Register for the Praxis I and II exams at the website above OR

Call Prometric at 1-800-853-6773 to register for a test at a local testing center

Sample questions can be seen at the Praxis Web site.

Praxis Tests
sat praxis i equivalent scores
SAT test taken after April 1,1995


Minimum 530 Verbal and 530 Math

SAT test taken before April 1, 1995


Minimum 450 Verbal and 510 Math

SAT Praxis I Equivalent Scores
act praxis i equivalent scores
ACT Praxis I Equivalent Scores
  • ACT test taken after April 1,1995


Minimum 22 (Math)/ 46 (English plus Reading)

  • ACT test taken before April 1, 1995


Minimum 21 (Math)/ 37 (English plus Reading)

** ACT scores prior to Fall 1989 will not be accepted as the Reading score was not included before this time.

vcla vra tests


  • The Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) must be passed prior to internship application submission for all initial teacher licensure programs - (VCLA is an admissions requirement for the Career Switcher program)
  • A total test score of at least 470 is passing for the VCLA.


  • The Virginia Reading Assessment (VRA) must be passed prior to internship application submission for Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Special Education -
  • A test score of at least 235 is passing for the VRA.
what if i miss the application deadline
What if I miss the application deadline?
  • For some of our programs, you may begin taking courses as a non-degree student.
  • There are restrictions on how many classes can transfer into degree/certificate programs. Students should only be in non-degree status for one semester before beginning as a graduate student.

Tel: 703.993.2400


when do classes meet
When do classes meet?
  • Most classes will meet once a week, either at 4:30 pm or 7:20 pm
  • Full time programs offer courses that meet during the day
  • Summer session courses meet 2-3 times a week
what is the cost
Fall 2008/Spring 2009

In-state tuition: $371/credit hour

Out-of-state tuition: $929.50/credit hour

What is the cost?

To be classified as an “in-state” student, you must live in Virginia for one year and pay taxes to the state for one year.

are there any scholarships available
The Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program

For students pursuing teaching careers in shortage or critical needs areas

For more information, read about the scholarship program on the VDOE website:

General financial aid information can be found at:

Are there any scholarships available?
important contacts
Important Contacts
  • GSE Admissions: 703 993 2010

  • Financial Aid: 703 993 2353
  • Non-Degree: 703 993 2400

College of Education and Human Development

4400 University Drive, MS 4D1

Fairfax, VA 22030