Education and Teacher Licensure

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

Choose from two tracks within the program. The Classroom Teaching track prepares you to teach, and you will graduate with your teaching license. With the Professional Studies track, 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'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 a major in Education--Interdisciplinary Studies and minors in Primary, Middle and Secondary Education, as well as a concentration in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (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

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

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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, chair of the College's Education department.

Sample Course Offerings:

  • EDUC 240: Education Technology Roanoke College student helping elementary school students
  • 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.

All Roanoke College TESL students were hired before they graduated.

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.

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