April 19, 2018

Virginia Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $46,326
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $44,720

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in Virginia schools. Coursework requirements vary considerably depending on the grade level and subject area being taught. You will, however, need to complete a Virginia-approved teacher preparation program. A list of approved programs is available here:
Approved Educator Programs
For a list of alternative teacher certification programs, see the National Center for Alternative Certification Web site.


For teacher certification in Virginia, you’ll need to take the following test for basic teaching skills:
PPST (Pre Professional Skills Test) Official Site | Praxis 1 Test
You’ll also need to take one or more of the following tests in specific subject areas:
Praxis 2 Exams Official Site | Praxis 2 Test

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Virginia has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about Virginia Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in Virginia for three years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the Virginia Department of Education about teacher certification at this address:
Virginia Department of Education
PO Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218

Or you can call the Department of Education at -800-292-3820 (toll free).
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Virginia teacher certification process:

Virginia Department of Education
Teaching in Virginia