Education and Teacher Licensure

Whether you want to teach or pursue an education-related career, Roanoke College is the place for you.

Choose from two pathways within the program. The Classroom Teaching pathway prepares you to teach, and you will graduate with your teaching license. With the Professional Studies pathway, you will develop the background to pursue non-teaching careers in education such as counseling, curricular development, educational leadership, educational publishing and more.

During your clinical practice, you will be placed in a classroom under the supervision of a faculty member to provide individual and 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 educator and carry all the responsibilities for classroom instruction and management.

We offer majors in Art Education, Biology Education, Chemistry Education, Computer Science Education, Elementary Education, Education Professional Studies, English Education, French Education, Health & Physical Education, Mathematics Education, Music Education, Physics Education, Social Studies Education, Spanish Education, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and Theater Education.

We offer minors in Elementary, Middle and Secondary Education.

All Roanoke College TESL students were hired before they graduated.

Elementary school student practicing writing the alphabet

Students develop tutoring program for children in the community

Students taking the Education 250 course at Roanoke are leading a Literacy Enrichment Academic Program (LEAP) with Salem Presbyterian Church. Through the Saturday morning program, Roanoke students, who design the curriculum, offer tutoring in study skills, reading, writing, listening and more for kindergarten through 6th graders. "It's a fun and low anxiety place for kids to learn," said Amanda Downs '17, a student tutor. The program "expands the classroom and becomes almost a lab" for Roanoke students, said Dr. Maria Stallions, former chair of the College's Education department.


Q: I'm not from Virginia. If I go to Roanoke College, will I be able to teach outside of Virginia?

A: Yes, Virginia has an agreement with 42 states and 3 territories. 


Professors receive statewide award for dragon research

Dr. DorothyBelle Poli and Dr. Lisa G. Stoneman earned the honor for the Dragon Research Collaborative.

Junior receives scholarship to pursue elementary education

Her experience working with students with developmental disabilities is particularly impressive.

The Virginia Department of Education ranks Elementary Education #2 and Middle Education #3 on its list of Critical Teaching Shortage Areas.

Sample Course Offerings:

  • EDUC 240: Education Technology students studying outside
  • EDUC 250: Teaching and Learning
  • EDUC 460: Strategic Classroom Management

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Professor teaching a lesson at the Copenhaver Institute

Roanoke College hosts national and state teacher development programs

Roanoke College is home to the Copenhaver Institute, a 3-day professional development program attended by teachers from around the country. The Institute received the Innovation in Teaching Education Award for its cutting-edge approach to professional development. Roanoke College has also hosted officials from the Virginia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, a leadership organization dedicated to many important issues related education.

Passion for teaching heightened at Roanoke

Photo of 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.

How European countries teach

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

K to college?

Image that reads: "Kindergartners' Advice to College Graduates. 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 grownups can do whatever they want."