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 Education 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 Studies, English Education, French Education, Health & Physical Education, Mathematics 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. 


New class of Pedagogy Fellows announced by Teaching Collaborative

The fellows will pursue projects that enhance ongoing efforts to improve teaching evaluations, holistic student advising and the well-being of students, staff and faculty.

Roanoke remembers Dr. Mack Welford, associate professor of education, emeritus

Welford, who retired from Roanoke College in 2002, died on Sept. 27.

Alumnus named Yale National Fellow

Emma Kessler ’16 has been named a Yale National Fellow, one of 54 public school teachers selected to participate in national seminars and a two-week Intensive Session as part of the Yale National Initiative to strengthen teaching in public schools.

The 2021 seminars began on April 30 and will conclude in mid-August.

The Yale National Initiative builds upon the success of the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, a partnership established in 1978 between Yale University and New Haven (Connecticut) Public Schools. The Initiative is a long-term endeavor to influence public policy on teacher professional development, in part by establishing Teachers Institutes for high-poverty, high-minority schools in states around the country. These institutes focus on the academic preparation of schoolteachers and on their application of what they study in the institute in their own classrooms.

According to a Yale National Initiative news release issued April 1, the seminars in which Kessler will participate provide public school teachers with deeper knowledge of the subjects they teach and firsthand experience with the Teachers Institute approach to high-quality professional development. This is intended to foster their leadership in an existing Teachers Institute or prepare them to lead the development of a new Teachers Institute.

Each teacher — including Kessler, a fourth-grade teacher in Roanoke County (Virginia) Public Schools — will write a curriculum unit to teach their students and to share with other teachers in their school district and elsewhere through

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.