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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary School Teacher Education (PreK-6) Professional Studies Certificate

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Dr. Stephanie Malone
Bowman 117, (540) 665-4748, smalone@su.edu

The Professional Studies Certificate Programs (PSC) for Elementary School Teacher Education serves students who want to obtain Virginia Teacher Licensure. This PSC Program is intended to meet the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requirements for licensure in at least one endorsement area in which the university offers programs. Recent changes made by the VDOE may not be reflected in this catalog.

Passing VCLA scores are suggested to be submitted during the first year of the program. Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation and a writing sample. Applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited college. Additional content course requirements depend on area of licensure sought and transcript review. Content coursework in endorsement areas is determined by transcript review based on VDOE requirements. 

Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in PSC Elementary Teacher Education Program coursework in order to enroll in EDU 690 Internship in Elementary/Middle Education in Endorsement Field .

The number of hours required for the Professional Studies Certificate in Initial Teacher Licensure program can vary from 9 to 27 hours, depending on the endorsement being sought. For students with appropriate undergraduate or graduate preparation, the foundational courses may be waived. The remaining hours are required. The waiving of foundation requirements is determined by the program director.

PSC Program Completion

Prior to student teaching, and as a condition of licensure, the following tests are currently required:


Practica Experiences: Each professional course requires the completion of specified experiences within a state approved school under the supervision of a teacher licensed in the area where licensure is sought.


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