Undergraduate Education Program

Kelly Bateman assists students in observing and dissecting a flower as a part of her Classroom Management course. This course allows undergraduates to implement behavior management strategies learned in class while teaching in diverse contexts.

Students hoping to become elementary teachers (preK-6) or special education teachers (K-12) can become licensed educators in only four years at Virginia Wesleyan. Before becoming licensed teachers, the Teacher Education Program at VWU prepares students with rigorous coursework and more hours in practical teaching contexts than nearly all other undergraduate programs in Virginia.

Small class sizes, a broad-based liberal arts curriculum, and a beautiful campus located close to some of the best public and private PreK-12 schools in the state, VWU offers teaching candidates an incredible context to pursue a teaching career. Strong partnerships and knowledgeable faculty make the program unique, with early and multiple innovative field-based learning experiences. With an on-campus PreK-12 lab school, Tidewater Collegiate Academy, VWU students hoping to become teachers will have their first authentic teaching experience in their first semester. Practical teaching experiences grow in intensity and duration throughout their academic journey culminating in an immersive senior internship. With nearly 400 hours spent in multiple, diverse teaching contexts, VWU students will graduate as some of the most experienced and well-trained new teachers in the state.

VWU students aspiring to become elementary or special education teachers choose the CLS:CE major. Successful candidates must complete admission and program requirements explicitly aligned to national teacher education standards and state teacher education regulations to enter, continue, and complete program.