- What tests do I need to become a licensed teacher? What are passing scores?
ALL Licensure Areas:
- SAT (minimum 1100; must have at least a 530 on the math and verbal portions) OR
- ACT (composite score of 24; minimum 22 on math; combined English and reading of 46) OR
- Praxis I (composite score of 532) www.ets.org OR
- VCLA (reading subtest score of 235, writing subtest score of 235) AND
*Praxis I Math (score of 178) OR
*ACT Math (score of 22) OR
*SAT Math (score of 530)
Virginia Communications and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) Score 235-each subtest, 470-composite www.va.nesinc.com
All Licensure Areas (if applicable)
Praxis II (Specialty Content Area Tests) Scores-varies by subject www.ets.org
Elementary Education and Special Education Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) Score-157 www.ets.org
- When should I take these tests? Are there any "special situations"?
In order to be admitted to the Teacher Prep Program, you must submit qualifying scores on Praxis I, ACT, SAT or VCLA with Math portion of Praxis I, SAT, or ACT. Praxis II, the VCLA and the VRA or RVE must be completed by the end of Student Teaching in order to be licensed. All program areas require that all licensure assessment scores be provided to OPS before student teaching placements begin (due Seminar Day). Make sure you take the correct subject area test for Praxis II for licensure.
**Disclaimer: Check with your program area coordinator or OPS to learn appropriate timing of licensure testing for your specific program area.
- What if my GPA is a 2.49?
Your overall and major GPA must be 2.5 or higher. The system does not round your GPA, so if you have between a 2.45-2.49, you still remain unqualified for admission to the Teacher Prep Program or Student Teaching.
- I missed a deadline. What should I do?
You should schedule a meeting with the Assistant Director of OPS to determine a new plan of action if the deadline had to do with Teacher Prep or placements. OPS cannot make exceptions to deadlines since school divisions count on us to be prompt and accurate with our requests for placements. You will need to work with your advisor to revise your course plan if applicable. Remember, lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency for OPS. Plan ahead. Ask OPS questions-even if you think you know the answers. Check with OPS to confirm all requirements are met before it is too late for you to take corrective action if needed.
- Where do I find a list of requirements and application for Teacher Prep?
The Teacher Prep Application requirements and application process can be found under Undergraduate Information and Applications and then under Teacher Preparation.
I am a sophomore or junior and not yet in Teacher Prep. I cannot complete Practicum II or the upper level education courses. What can I do to get back on track for graduation?
There are limited opportunities to play "catch-up" with Practicum II and the upper level education courses. Schedule a meeting with the OPS Assistant Director to discuss whether or not you are eligible. You also need to meet with your advisor to discuss a new plan of action.
- How do I get a positive faculty recommendation for Teacher Prep?
First, consult the program area requirements about recommendations. Then, ask the professor if they are willing to complete a recommendation for you. If they agree and meet program area requirements, provide your name, L# and program area to them. The professor goes to MyLongwood and submits the recommendation online using the faculty tab. You should follow up with OPS to confirm receipt.
- What if my Praxis scores have not been received and the deadline for Teacher Prep admission is approaching?
Notify the OPS Assistant Director immediately by email. Include your name, L#, program area, and test date. OPS will then be able to advise you how to proceed. As soon as you receive your score report, submit a copy to OPS.
- Do I need to resubmit an application for Teacher Prep if I do not get admitted after I submit the application to OPS?
No, if you are waiting for admission into the Teacher Preparation Program and have already submitted an application, you will receive an email from OPS once you have been admitted. Another application is not necessary unless you change your program area. If you believe you have turned in all necessary documentation and met all requirements, please follow up with OPS to determine the status of your application.