Education and Teacher Licensure

If you want to be a professional teacher, Roanoke College is a great place for you.

Our nationally accredited Teacher Licensure Program leads to 16 different Collegiate Professional teaching licenses. Virginia does not allow a major in education but requires a major and a licensing program to earn the Collegiate Professional teaching license. The type of license you pursue will determine your major. Elementary teachers choose any liberal arts major, except business, and secondary teachers take the major of their license (e.g. major in mathematics for a math teaching license).

During your field-based internship, you'll intern in a classroom under the direction of a faculty member to tutor individual students, provide small group instruction, teach short lessons, and perform all the tasks normally associated with classroom teaching. During student teaching, you'll work in a classroom full time and under the mentorship of a professional teacher and carry all the responsibilities for classroom instruction and management. 

We offer Collegiate Professional teaching licenses, minors in both primary and secondary education, and a concentration in Teaching English Language Learners (TESL).

Teaching abroad offers unique experiences for student

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“They've pushed me to go beyond my horizons... and realize that I can do things that I didn't necessarily think that I could.” Kaitlyn Bell ‘14

How European countries teach

Roanoke students observe a different educational model firsthand in European classrooms.

Our nationally-accredited Teacher Licensure Program qualifies you to teach professionally in almost every state.

K to college?

Conner Sprinkle, the class of 2016's valedictorian and future kindergarten teacher, asked her kindegartners for advice for college graduates and shared the advice in her commencement speech.

Be kind. Help your family. Don't hurt anybody. Follow directions. Do your dishes. Give hugs. Get a job because you're a grown-up. Eat candy all the time because grown-ups can do whatever they want.

Passion for teaching heightened at Roanoke

Ashley WolfeAs a child, Ashley Wolfe '16 developed a love for teaching. That love only deepened at Roanoke, when Wolfe began tutoring low-income students. It really crystallized when, as a 2014 Summer Scholar, she worked with Dr. Leslie Murrill to create a family literacy program for a non-profit center's elementary summer program. Wolfe, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, wants to become an elementary school teacher but also pursue a graduate degree, her sights set on working as an elementary administrator. "Ten years from now I hope to be an assistant principal at an elementary school, showing my students and staff the same respect and dedication that the faculty, staff and students at Roanoke modeled for me," she says.