At Roanoke College, you can combine a liberal arts education with a Teacher Licensure Program allowing you to meet the challenges and complexities of teaching in the elementary or secondary classroom. Forty-eight states and U.S. territories, including the District of Columbia, recognize teacher licenses issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Real World Application
Through partnerships with local schools, several licensure courses incorporate on-site projects in lieu of traditional course assignments, allowing you to experience today's classroom from the very beginning of your coursework.
Teaching in the Diverse Classroom
Teaching in the Diverse Classroom, Roanoke College's teacher licensure program, is designed to provide pre-service teachers with the content knowledge and pedagogical skills required for 21st century global classrooms. Pedagogical skills, content knowledge, and an understanding of differentiated instruction are essential for program completion. Pre-service teachers are taught how to recognize readiness levels, interests, and learning profiles/styles of PreK-12 students and how to design lessons related to these characteristics by differentiating the curriculum's content, process, and/or products. Emphases on content knowledge, research-based pedagogy, and cultural/linguistic diversity empower students to construct student-centered teaching practice for contemporary classrooms.
Through our comparative education travel courses and international student teaching placements, you may study abroad in a number of countries throughout Europe and the Middle East.
Teaching English Language Learners
Our English as a Second Language (TESL) program will prepare you to teach English language learners in PreK-12 public and private schools. A concentration in TESL is also available should you be interested in working with speakers of other languages in non-school venues throughout the United States and abroad.
Do you already have an undergraduate degree and wish to teach?
At Roanoke College you can complete a "teacher licensure only" program. If you have a liberal arts degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning, we can provide the courses you will need to secure a teaching license for the PreK-12 classroom. Learn more.
Roanoke College's Education Department offers an award winning, annual teacher professional development program for PreK-12 teachers and administrators. Individuals from across the U.S. and Europe come to work with leading scholars in pedagogy and school leadership. Each year, several Roanoke College students are invited to participate in the three-day summer institute. Learn more.
Roanoke Education Department's National Accreditation
Roanoke College's Teacher Licensure Program which is designed to prepare competent, caring, qualified professional educators, is granted Accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of five years, from March 26, 2010 to March 26, 2015. This accreditation certifies that Roanoke College has provided evidence that its program adheres to TEAC's quality principles.
Roanoke College graduate and teacher takes learning full circle at prominent summer education conference
Now a full-time teacher, Danny McNamara '01 has returned to the Margaret Sue Copenhaver Institute for Teaching and Learning as a participant and a small group leader for the past two years.