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Teacher Licensure Chronology

With careful planning, most students can complete all degree and licensure requirements in four years. In some cases, students may choose to return for the student teaching semester after graduation.

Year One

Students interested in becoming licensed to teach should contact the University of Richmond Education Department to meet with the Chair, Dr. Patricia Stohr-Hunt, to discuss program requirements. Students must pass an assessment of basic skills for entry into the program. Students must submit passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests (Reading, Writing and Mathematics) or an equivalent measure. For more information on entry assessments to Virginia-approved programs, please visit the Virginia Department of Education website.

Students generally do no take education courses in their first year but instead focus on completing general education requirements.

Year Two

Students must submit a formal application to the program and return the completed forms to the University of Richmond Education Department no later than October 15th of the fall semester or March 15th of the spring semester. Students begin courses in the education sequence appropriate to the minor they have declared. Students must register to take the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) exam by the end of the academic year.

Year Three

Students continue to take education courses as listed on their Record of Progress. Course sequence will be determined by Dr. Patricia Stohr-Hunt, the advisor, for students in the Teacher Education minor.

Year Four

Students complete the semester-long student teaching experience and accompanying seminar course in either the fall or spring semester. Students planning to student teach during their senior year must:

  • Attend a student teaching orientation session and submit the student teaching application
  • Complete all testing requirements for license prior to student teaching
  • Maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.70 or higher and a grade-point average of 3.00 or higher in education courses

Please note that the University of Richmond Education Department will forward applications and recommendations for licensure only for those students who successfully complete the student teaching experience through the University of Richmond. For more information please visit "Applying for a license."