Testing Requirements for Virginia Teacher Licensure

All required licensure tests are also graduation requirements; therefore, the appropriate tests must be completed regardless of a teacher candidate’s decision to apply for licensure in Virginia. Teacher candidates are required to achieve passing scores on the professional teacher’s assessments prescribed by the State Board of Education.

Up to three tests are required for program completion and licensure, depending upon the program:  (1) Praxis Subject Assessments, (2) the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA), and (3) the Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) assessment. Registering for and completing these assessments are the student’s responsibility. Additional details about the assessment requirements for Virginia licensure can be found on the VDOE websitePlease code William & Mary as a school recipient on all tests.

  1. Praxis Subject Assessments
    Praxis Subject Assessments are tests that measure general and subject-specific content knowledge that you need for beginning teaching. Passing a Praxis Subject Assessment for your program is a graduation and licensure requirement in the following endorsement areas: Elementary PK-6, Secondary 6-12, and ESL PK-12.

    It is the student’s responsibility to register for and take the appropriate Praxis test. This is done through the Virginia ETS website. A Study Companion and additional resources to aid in preparing for this test can be found on this website, as well as test codes and passing scores for each endorsement area.

  2. Virginia Communication And Literacy Assessment (VCLA)
    The Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) is a test of communication, reading, and writing skills. The VCLA must be taken and passed for purposes of graduation and licensure for all teacher preparation programs.  

    Current passing scores for the VCLA are 235 for the reading subtest, 235 for the writing subtest, or a composite score of 470 for the assessment. Refer to the VCLA website for the most current information about the test content, taking the VCLA online, test dates, costs, registration, and accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

  3. Reading For Virginia Educators (RVE)

    The Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) assessment is a test of teacher candidates’ knowledge of reading instruction. Passing the RVE (Test Code 5306) is a graduation and licensure requirement in the following initial licensure endorsement areas: Elementary PK-6 and Special Education General Curriculum K-12. Be sure not to take Test Code 5304, which is for students in the Reading Specialist program.

    Registering for and taking the RVE is done through the Virginia ETS website. A Study Companion and additional resources to aid in preparing for this test can be found on this website, as well as current passing scores.

Additional Requirements for Virginia Teacher Licensure
Child Abuse and Neglect Recognition & Intervention Training

All individuals seeking initial licensure in Virginia must complete this training. W&M teacher candidates who take and pass EDUC 310 or EDUC F11 meet this requirement. If a teacher candidate is exempted from EDUC 310 or EDUC F11 for any reason, he or she must contact the OTECE in order to arrange a training module in these competencies.

Dyslexia Awareness Training

Teacher candidates seeking licensure in Virginia must complete study in dyslexia awareness training on the indicators of dyslexia and the evidence-based interventions and accommodations for dyslexia.  Teacher candidates who take and pass ELEM 312/CRIN E22 (Elementary) or EDUC 312/CRIN S50 (Secondary) or CRIN X51 (Special Education) meet this requirement. If a teacher candidate is exempted from the course in their program for any reason, he or she must contact the OTECE in order to arrange a training module in these competencies.

Emergency First Aid, CPR, and AED Certification or Training

Teacher candidates seeking initial licensure in Virginia must provide evidence of completion of certification in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and the use of automated external defibrillators (AED).  Certification must be based on the current national emergency cardiovascular care guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator, such as programs developed by the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, and the American Safety and Health Institute.  CPR training must include “hands on” training. Evidence of certification must be presented when applying to the VDOE for licensure.