Virginia Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

All aspiring teachers in Virginia are required to complete a state teacher preparation program from an accredited school in order to be eligible for employment in the state’s school system. This guide to teaching schools in Virginia provides key information about the several colleges and universities in the state that offer degree programs. In order to find a school that meets your individual needs, take a look at our list of accredited teacher preparation programs as well as student reviews found below. For anyone looking to obtain a teaching degree in Virginia, this informative school guide is a great place to start on your new career path.

School Facts:

  • There are 46 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Virginia.1
  • 30 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
  • Highest graduation rate*: University of Virginia-Main Campus, 93%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Ferrum College, 48%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Strayer University-Virginia, $29,735.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Norfolk State University, $11,354.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for teaching degree programs in Virginia*: $9,100-$44,210.2
  • Seven schools in the Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2013: University of Virginia (2), College of William and Mary (4), James Madison University (20), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (28), University of Mary Washington (53), George Mason University (56), Christopher Newport University (87).
  • Three schools ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2013 (top 100): University of Virginia (24), College of William and Mary (33), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (72).
  • 28 teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP (see below).*

*For 4-year colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

University of Virginia: The Curry School of Education at University of Virginia is home to approximately 1,500 students seeking degrees in over 20 areas of study. The college offers degrees at the undergrad and graduate levels. The most popular degree granted by the College is the Masters of Education (M.Ed.), which was awarded over 230 times in 2011 alone. Curry School of Education has four distinct research and learning centers including the highly acclaimed Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning. According to the US News & World Report 2013 rankings, the School has several departments that rank highly such as Special Education (5), Secondary Education (8), Elementary Education (10), and Administration and Supervision (12). Graduates of Curry are known for their diligence in research, lifelong learning attitude, and awareness of keen issues that affect the educational landscape.

Virginia Tech: The School of Education at Virginia Tech offers educationally curious students with several degree and career pathways that lead to rewarding and fruitful careers in education at all levels. Students who are current teachers as well as those who hope to become educators will find the atmosphere accommodating, challenging, and enlightening. The curriculum within the degree programs at the school combine best practices in education as well as dynamic coursework that challenges the status quo and pushes boundaries. This provides students with a historical framework as well as the ability to think outside of the norm to help students learn and achieve whether it’s in an elementary classroom, high school classroom or college lecture hall. Students can choose from one of many bachelor’s and graduate degrees depending on their goals.

Top-Rated Teacher Preparation Programs

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) evaluated and rated 1,100 US college programs that prepare teachers for a professional career in the classroom (Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report). Out of all of the schools evaulated, five teaching preparatory programs in Virginia made the “honor roll” of 3 stars or higher. Read more about the NCTQ Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report.

The following teacher preparation programs in Virginia received the highest ratings by the National Council on Teacher Quality:

    Longwood University (Undergraduate Elementary) 3stars
    Longwood University (Undergraduate Secondary) 3stars
    Radford University (Graduate Elementary) 3stars
    Radford University (Graduate Secondary) 3stars
    Virginia Commonwealth University (Graduate Secondary) 3stars

Teacher Preparation Programs Accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP

  • Bluefield College
  • Eastern Mennonite University
  • Emory & Henry College
  • George Mason University
  • Hampton University
  • Hollins University
  • James Madison University
  • Liberty University
  • Longwood University
  • Mary Baldwin College
  • Marymount University
  • Norfolk State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Radford University
  • Randolph College
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • Regent University
  • Roanoke College
  • Shenandoah University
  • The College of William and Mary
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Virginia’s College at Wise
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
  • Virginia State University
  • Virginia Union University
  • Washington & Lee University

Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies.

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Virginia

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Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Virginia

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Averett University
420 W Main St
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 791-5600

Bluefield College
3000 College Dr
Bluefield, VA 24605
(276) 326-3682

Bridgewater College
402 E College St
Bridgewater, VA 22812-1599
(540) 828-8000

Christopher Newport University
1 University Place
Newport News, VA 23606
(757) 594-7000

Eastern Mennonite University
1200 Park Rd
Harrisonburg, VA 22802-2462
(540) 432-4000

Emory and Henry College
1 Garnand Drive
Emory, VA 24327-0947
(276) 944-4121

George Mason University
4400 University Dr
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
(703) 993-1000

Student Review: “The special education teacher program at George Mason was convenient for individuals to take evening classes if they were already employed as a teacher. The curriculum was outdated, and did not focus on real life situations that teachers face in the classroom. Very little attention was paid to the process of writing and developing individual education programs (IEP). Some of the professors had never taught in a K-12 setting, and seemed old and inept with regards to technology. The supplemental texts were okay. The cohort program was nice, as you got to work with the same students, and develop relationships with fellow students.” -Student at George Mason University

Hampton University
Hampton, VA 23668-0099
(757) 727-5000

Hollins University
7916 Williamson Rd NW
Roanoke, VA 24020
(540) 362-6000

J Sargeant Reynolds Community College
1651 E Parham Road
Richmond, VA 23228
(804) 371-3000

James Madison University
800 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
(540) 568-6211

John Tyler Community College
13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Chester, VA 23831-5316
(804) 796-4000

Liberty University
1971 University Blvd
Lynchburg, VA 24502
(434) 582-2000

Student Review: “Liberty University is certainly a great university overall, but their teaching program was exceptional. The courses required to take to pass the program were very informative and created the tools that I needed to set a foundation for a career of teaching. The professors were some of the best in the country but always had time for their students. The size of the class allowed them to know each student personally. It was truly the guidance of these professors that made the program so great. My classmates were also all very approachable, and we oftentimes taught each other valuable lessons.” -Jessica B., student at Liberty University

Lynchburg College
1501 Lakeside Dr
Lynchburg, VA 24501-3199
(434) 544-8100

Marymount University
2807 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22207-4299
(703) 522-5600

Norfolk State University
700 Park Ave
Norfolk, VA 23504-8000
(757) 823-8600

Student Review: “Any school is what you make it out to be. In my experience, the professors here are lenient graders. This can be looked at as a good or as a bad thing. However, if you choose not to apply yourself, you are shooting yourself in the foot whether you chose to go to work or go to graduate school upon graduation. The food choices are excellent. There is everything from Tropical Smoothie Cafe to a place where you can get grilled subs made to your specifications on campus. The main cafeteria is also excellent. It is all you can eat though so unless you want to gain weight, be careful. The food is good but at times it can be a little heavy on the oil and butter. To their credit though, healthier choices are offered. The campus itself is safe and the campus police make their presence known. There are a lot of extracurricular programs and free dances and social opportunities for students. You will not be bored. My biggest piece of advice is to just apply yourself. This is the lowest cost four year school in the area, so by going here you have the opportunity to graduate with far less debt than the average college graduate (at least if you are an in-state student). Do not waste this opportunity. School is what you make of it. You have access to the same books and the same World Wide Web as someone going to MIT. Don’t limit yourself and take advantage of everything the school has to offer from free cultural activities to the Career Center.” -Krystal B., student at Norfolk State University

Northern Virginia Community College
4001 Wakefield Chapel Road,
Annandale, VA 22003-3796
(703) 323-3000

Student Review: “I liked my time at Northern Virginia Community College. It was very challenging at times but I felt like I learned a lot. The Composition and English classes were a breeze for me but I had a very hard time with Biology. It wasn’t that the subject was very hard but had more to do with the professor. I felt he was not very professional. One thing I will say is that it’s pretty easy to get all A’s at Northern Virginia Community College. All you have to do is show up to most classes and you will get a great grade. Some professors like to give the students a harder time though so it’s not all easy. Over all I felt like my time at NOVA was well spent and I earned my degree and it really helped prepare me for a career in the teaching field.” -Noah V., student at Northern Virginia Community College

Old Dominion University
5115 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23529
(757) 683-3000

Student Review: “The Old Dominion University program was excellent. I always felt that the teachers really cared how I was doing and if I was staying interested in their classes. The program included a student teaching portion and the university helped to place me into an elementary school with an excellent teacher. If I had to do it all over again, I would still choose Old Dominion University because I just felt so at home here. With great professors and welcoming classrooms, you just can’t go wrong choosing this school. ODU was my first choice in colleges and I’m very happy that it worked out to my benefit.” -Eugene M., student at Old Dominion University

Patrick Henry Community College
645 Patriot Avenue
Martinsville, VA 24112-5311
(276) 656-0311

Radford University
East Main Street
Radford, VA 24141-0672
(540) 831-5000

Regent University
1000 Regent University Dr
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
(757) 352-4127

Shenandoah University
1460 University Dr
Winchester, VA 22601-5195
(540) 665-4500

Sweet Briar College
134 Chapel Drive
Sweet Briar, VA 24595-9998
(434) 381-6100

University of Mary Washington
1301 College Ave
Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5300
(540) 654-1000

University of Richmond
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173
(804) 289-8000

University of Virginia
1721 University Ave,
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 924-0311

Student Review: “I participated in a combined BA/MT program where I did a Bachelor’s in Psychology as well as a Master’s in Teaching. The curriculum was great and we had many of the same teachers over the course of the program. As well, the same cohort of teachers was together and so I felt we were really able to learn and grow together. As opposed to the typical ‘student teaching’ experience only at the end of a teaching program, we had many of these experiences! Every semester we were placed in a different teaching placement experience with different responsibilities. My placements ranged from early intervention in the community (birth to age 3), special education preschool classroom, after school tutoring program, and work in a typical elementary school (1st grade classroom). I’ve been teaching now for 4 years and feel like the program really prepared me for real life teaching!” -Lauren E., student at University of Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University
910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23284-2512
(804) 828-0100

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0131
(540) 231-6000

Student Review: “There were many aspects of my education that I loved. My general courses were taught by helpful professors who knew the material and how to convey it. I took several courses that weren’t required just because the professors were so good. The teaching aspects of my program were mixed. My internship was with a very helpful teacher, but I was the only one in my program assigned to a primary school (k-2) rather than an elementary school (k-5,) so my experience was limited. My main education professor was vague in his assignments, and disorganized in his instruction. Overall, I think I got a great education, but wish I had some more relevant experience.” -Jackie D., student at Virginia Tech

Virginia State University
One Hayden Drive
Petersburg, VA 23806
(804) 524-5000

Virginia Union University
1500 N Lombardy St
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 257-5600

Virginia Wesleyan College
1584 Wesleyan Dr
Norfolk, VA 23502-5599
(757) 455-3200

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&sort=best