Depending on where you are in your career, we offer several tracks that lead to Special Education in Virginia.
5th Year Track
Are you an undergraduate interested in becoming a special education teacher? Start your Fifth Year track while you are an undergraduate student at Longwood!
Enter as a freshman, and in five years, you will earn your liberal studies degree, teacher licensure, and a graduate degree in special education with an option for dual enrollment in elementary education.
See the Fifth Year Track course flow (pdf).
Licensed Teacher Track
Do you have an undergraduate degree in Elementary, Middle School, or Secondary education and a valid Virginia State Teaching License (or another state equivalency)?
In the Licensed Teacher track as a full-time student, you’ll take 39 graduate credits, spread out over two sessions in the summer, one session in the fall, and one session in the spring.
At the end of the program, you’ll have your Master of Science in Education degree, with a concentration in Special Education, and will be eligible for the Virginia Department of Education Postgraduate Professional Teaching License with an endorsement to teach Special Education.
See the Licensed Teacher Track course flow (pdf).
Initial licensure Track
Enter with your bachelor's in any field and earn your master’s and teacher licensure in as little as 39 credits. Two prerequisites may be required.
See the Initial Licensure Track course flow (pdf).