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Initial Licensure

For Students In:

  • Elementary Education PreK-6 Initial Licensure concentration (until currently enrolled students complete the program)

  • School Librarianship PreK-12 Initial Licensure concentration

  • Special Education General Curriculum K-12 Initial Licensure concentration 

Upon acceptance to the graduate initial licensure program, students have a Teacher Preparation Program step to complete in the first semester of enrollment and subsequent steps on a specific time line as outlined below.  The Office of Professional Services (OPS) administers the Teacher Preparation Program and is available for assistance at any time.  (ops@longwood.edu, Hull 141, 434-395-2331, www.longwood.edu/professionalservices)


First Semester Requirements

1.    Completing the Teacher Preparation Program application to enroll in the Office of Professional Services (OPS) database.
         *Access via myLongwood and select the appropriate graduate program area.
         *Detailed instructions are posted on the OPS website, if needed.
2.    Completing the online Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention Training Module and submitting a copy of the completion certificate to the OPS via the Teacher Preparation course in Canvas. 
3.     Submitting a copy of the qualifying test scores submitted with the Application for Graduate Admission
 to OPS via the Teacher Preparation course in Canvas:   

a.    SAT composite  score of 1100, 530 or higher on both the math and verbal sections of the test (prior to April 1, 1995, SAT composite score of 1000 with no less that 450 verbal and 510 math)  or
b.    ACT composite score of 24, math minimum 22, reading and English total 46 (prior to April 1, 1995, ACT composite score of 21, math minimum 21, reading and English total 37)  or
c.    Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests:  Reading (5712) 156, Writing (5722) 162 and Mathematics (5732) 150 (prior to December 31, 2013, Praxis I composite score 532) or
d.   Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) Reading subtest score 235 and Writing subtest score 235 and SAT  composite score of 1100 plus Mathematics score 530 (SAT composite score of 1000 plus Mathematics score of 450 prior to April 1, 1995) or
e.   Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) Reading subtest score 235 and Writing subtest score 235 and ACT composite score of 24 plus Mathematics score 22 (ACT composite score of 21 plus Mathematics score 21 prior to April 1, 1995) or
f.    Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) Reading subtest score 235 and Writing subtest score 235 and Praxis Mathematics (5732) score 150 (Praxis I Mathematics 178 prior to December 31, 2013)

                4.    Submitting a copy of all official undergraduate transcripts from all college and universities attended via the Teacher Preparation course in Canvas.   


Graduate Studies Professional Semester


Students who wish to graduate in a timely manner must complete the Graduate Studies Professional Semester application and meet all requirements at the properly established time.  Failure to meet any requirement by the deadline will delay your admission to complete the Professional Semester and may delay graduation. 


Apply for the Graduate Professional Semester one year in advance (February 1 for a spring placement OR September 1 for a fall placement) by:


1.    Completing the Student Teaching placements application.
         *Access via myLongwood and select the appropriate graduate program area.
         *Detailed instructions are posted on the OPS website, if needed.
2.    Requesting positive faculty recommendation(s) as specified by the program area. 
         *Faculty complete the recommendations online, using the faculty tab of myLongwood.
         *Faculty will need your request in myLongwood in order to generate the recommendation.  
         *Submissions can be viewed in myLongwood once completed (follow up with faculty).
3.    Maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0.   


Meet additional placement requirements one semester in advance (February 1 for a fall placement OR September 1 for a spring placement) by:


4.    Submitting to OPS the following documents via the Teacher Preparation course in Canvas:

a.    Criminal background check
b.     Record of a Negative Tuberculosis Screening form
c.    Automobile insurance form
d.    Covenant Agreement Test (password given at mandatory Orientation meeting).
e.    Card or certificate as proof of training in Emergency First Aid and CPR with AED for adults and children


NOTE:  Teacher candidates bear any costs associated with meeting placement requirements.  All  documents must be current within one year of actual placement in the professional semester.  In addition to these Longwood requirements, school divisions may have other forms to complete and procedures to follow.  The latest known information is posted on OPS website under "One Stop OPS."  It is the teacher candidate’s responsibility to access the information and comply by the appropriate deadline.


Meet remaining program area requirements by the deadline established by the program area, which in most instances is prior to starting the professional semester (Seminar Day).  This includes:


5.    Submitting to OPS a copy of all licensure assessment score reports required for your program area.
          *Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment ‘VCLA’.  (if not taken & submitted with first semester requirements)
          *Praxis II - if applicable.
          *Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) - if applicable.  
6.    Completing all course work. Consult your graduate catalog for specific program requirements.


Other Information:


·         Monitor the OPS website for important dates, deadlines, meetings, etc. 
.          Attend all required meetings prior to the professional semester (Orientation, Seminar Day, etc.)

·         The OPS will obtain professional semester placements for the initial licensure candidates who are not employed as full time teachers.  If employed with a provisional license, please call the OPS for additional information.     

·         If you have a provisional license, you will work with the school division personnel in completing and submitting their licensure packet.  OPS will work with all other teacher candidates to apply for initial licensure with the Virginia Department of Education.