Become a Teacher in Virginia

With the state of Virginia so close to Washington, D.C.—where decisions are made regarding national educational policy—it can be exciting to become a teacher in Virginia. Besides the possibility of involvement in the nation's educational future, there are plenty of other reasons to consider teaching in Virginia. With graduation rates and test scores rising, particularly among black and Hispanic students, teachers in Virginia are a valued part of the workforce, and earn nearly $50,000 per year on average.

Education is the fifth largest industry in the state of Virginia, with 71,415 elementary and secondary school teachers serving over 1.25 million students. The industry is expected to grow nearly 20 percent over the 2008-2018 decade, and teaching is among the top 10 hot growth industries in the state. (1,2) There's no better time to start a rewarding career teaching our future generations.

Future Virginia Teachers

The future is bright for prospective educators who are interested in teaching in Virginia. Projected job growth rates are high for a number of teaching specialties, especially kindergarten, elementary school, middle school and special education, all expected to grow by at least 20 percent between 2008 and 2018. (2) To become a teacher in Virginia, you must earn a bachelor's degree, complete an approved teacher preparation program, and pass the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA), as well as any other tests required in your teaching area.

Current Virginia Teachers and School Administrators

New teachers in Virginia are generally first granted an Initial Teaching License. The next step for teachers is to seek a renewable Professional-level license. School administrators, meanwhile, may choose to seek any one of a number of specialty licenses-the School Manager license, for example. Renewal requires you to complete a specified number of professional development points, usually through coursework from an accredited institution, conferences or other professional activities.

Virginia Teachers in Demand

With a growing need for teachers in high-priority subject areas such as special education, mathematics and foreign languages, demand is high for qualified and passionate educators in Virginia. The state has incentives to attract and retain these teachers. If you plan to become a teacher in Virginia, you may be able to take advantage of the Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program (VTSLP) or federal loan forgiveness programs for teachers working in areas of high need.

Start a rewarding career teaching in Virginia. Request information from the accredited education programs below to find the one that's right for you.

Sources:
Virginia Department of Education, unless otherwise indicated
(1) National Center for Education Statistics
(2) Virginia Workforce Connection

Find Campus Locations in Virginia and Online Schools Accepting Students from Virginia

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Grand Canyon University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • B.S. in Early Childhood (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education - English (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education - Math (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education / Special Education (Dual Major) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)

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Keiser University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Education Specialist in Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Teaching & Learning (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Graduate Certificate in Career College Administration (Online)
  • Joint Master of Science in Education and Master of Business Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Allied Health Teaching and Learning (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - College Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Online Teaching and Learning (Online)
  • PhD in Adult Education (Online)
  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)

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Northcentral University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Education (MEd) - Accelerated Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Accelerated Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Adult Learning and Workforce Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Athletic Coaching (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Curriculum and Teaching (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - E-Learning (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - English Second Language (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - General Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - International Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - PK-12 Principal Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Special Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Curriculum and Teaching (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - E-Learning (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - English Second Language (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - General Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - International Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Organizational Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Special Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Curriculum and Teacher (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - E-Learning (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - English Second Language (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - International Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Organizational Leadership (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Special Education (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Curriculum and Teaching (Online)
  • PhD in Education - E-Learning (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Education - English Second Language (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Organizational Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Special Education (Online)

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Capella University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Development (Online)
  • Master of Science in Educational Psychology (Online)
  • Master of Science in School Psychology (Online)
  • PhD in Educational Psychology (Online)
  • PsyD in School Psychology (Online)

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Pacific Oaks College

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education (online)
  • Master of Arts in Human Development (Online)

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University of Southern California - Rossier School of Education

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Gifted Education Certificate (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - TESOL (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching w/ Teaching Credential (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching with Special Education Credential (Online)
  • Master of Education in Advanced Instruction (Online)
  • Master's of Education - Gifted Education Certificate (Online)
  • Master's of Education with Special Education Credential (Online)

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University of Phoenix

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education
  • Continuing Education for Educators

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Kaplan University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Higher Education - Educational Assessment and Evaluation (Online)
  • BSPY - Child Development (Online)
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development (Online)
  • Master of Science in Educational Psychology (Online)
  • Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (Online)
  • MSE - Instructional Technology - Adult Learning/Higher Ed (Online)
  • MSE - Instructional Technology - Adult Learning/Organizations (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (for Aspiring Teachers Grades 5-12) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Higher Education - College Administration and Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Science in Higher Education - College Teaching and Learning (Online)
  • Master of Science in Higher Education - Online College Teaching (Online)
  • Master of Science in Higher Education - Student Affairs (Online)

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Post University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's - Instructional Design & Technology (Online)

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Walden University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Child Development (Online)

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Argosy University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • EdD in Teaching & Learning

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Western Governors University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8) (Online)
  • B.A. Mathematics (5-9 or 5-12) (Online)
  • B.A. Science (5-12 Biological Science) (Online)
  • B.A. Science (5-12 Chemistry) (Online)
  • B.A. Science (5-12 Geosciences) (Online)
  • B.A. Science (5-12 Physics) (Online)
  • B.A. Science (5-9) (Online)
  • B.A. Special Education (Online)
  • Endorsement Prep Program in ELL (PK-12) (Online)
  • Endorsement Preparation Program in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • M.A. English Language Learning (PK-12) (Online)
  • M.A. Mathematics Education (K-6, 5-9, or 5-12) (Online)
  • M.A. Science Education (5-12 Biological Science) (Online)
  • M.A. Science Education (5-12 Chemistry) (Online)
  • M.A. Science Education (5-12 Geosciences) (Online)
  • M.A. Science Education (5-12 Physics) (Online)
  • M.A. Science Education (5-9) (Online)
  • M.A. Teaching (K-8)
  • M.A. Teaching --Mathematics (5-9 or 5-12) (Online)
  • M.A. Teaching --Science (5-9 or 5-12) (Online)
  • M.A. Teaching --Social Science (5-12) (Online)
  • M.Ed. Instructional Design (Online)
  • M.Ed. Learning and Technology (Online)
  • M.S. Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • M.S. Educational Leadership (Online)
  • M.S. Special Education (K-12) (Online)
  • Post-bacc Teacher Prep Prgm (K-8) (Online)
  • Post-bacc Teacher Prep Prgm --Math (5-9 or 5-12) (Online)
  • Post-bacc Teacher Prep Prgm --Science (5-9 or 5-12) (Online)
  • Post-bacc Teacher Prep Prgm --Social Science (5-12) (Online)

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Concordia University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • M.Ed in Career and Technical Education (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Adolescent Literacy (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Bible Literacy (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Career and Technical Education Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Common Core State Standards Instructional Leader (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - ECE (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - ESOL (K-Adult) (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - English Language Development (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Environmental Education (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Equity, Ethics, and Justice
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Mathematics (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Methods & Curriculum (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Reading (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Science (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Social Studies (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Teacher Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - The Inclusive Classroom (SPED) (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - eLearning/Technology Education (Online)
  • M.Ed in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Ed.D in Educational Administration (Online)
  • Ed.D in Higher Education (Online)
  • Ed.D in Teacher Leadership (Online)

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American University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Online)

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Abilene Christian University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Education in Higher Education (Online)

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Full Sail University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology

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Purdue University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology (Online)

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University of the Southwest

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MSEd - Curriculum and Instruction
  • MSEd - Early Childhood
  • MSEd - Education Administration
  • MSEd - Special Education
  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: Bilingual
  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: TESOL

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Lewis University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Higher Education - Student Services (Online)

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Strayer University

Campuses: Glen Allen, Woodbridge, Manassas, Midlothian, Alexandria, Newport News, Fredericksburg, Arlington, Virginia Beach, Ashburn, Chesapeake

Degrees Offered:

  • MEd - Adult Education and Development
  • MEd - Instructional Technology
  • MEd - Teacher Leadership
  • MEd - Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Hollins University

Campuses: Roanoke

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Master of Arts in Teaching

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*Teacher Salary Information For 2014—2015

Median Elementary School Teacher Salary: $53,090 Median Middle School Teacher Salary: $53,430 Median High School Teacher Salary: $55,050 Average Administrator Salary: $87,760 Median Elementary, Middle and High School Principals: $87,760
On average, teachers with masters degrees will earn $8,000 to $10,000 more each year than those with only a bachelors degree.

Consequently, in order to attain a position as an administrator, a masters, PhD or Ed D. is required.

On average, Administrators will earn around $30,000 more each year than their hard working, teacher cohorts!

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook