“Confident, compassionate changemakers” — that’s our goal for professionals educated at Mary Baldwin University. Good teachers can and do make a positive difference in the lives of others every day. If you already have a bachelor’s degree and have decided to switch careers into teaching, Mary Baldwin’s PBTL program will guide you through the process of earning your teaching certificate and thoroughly prepare you to be a successful teacher.
Mary Baldwin education courses are offered in formats that fit the reality of working adults — on-line; group tutorials that meet in the evening or weekends; and hybrids combining online study with some face-to-face sessions.
You can earn your teaching certificate on the main campus in Staunton or at any of our Virginia locations.
Of all your options among Virginia teaching certificate programs, Mary Baldwin’s is tailored to your needs, taking into account credits you have already earned and focusing your efforts in the right direction.
A License to Teach in Virginia
You will earn a five-year renewable Virginia Collegiate Professional Teaching License, which is recognized by most other states through reciprocal agreements.
Locations and Class Format
Education courses vary in format — some are completely online, some meet in-person a few times throughout a semester with coursework online (hybrid), and others meet on a regular basis. You and your advisor will work together to craft a plan that meets your needs.
Mary Baldwin University education courses are available on-site in five locations:
- Main campus in Staunton
- South Boston
How to Apply
Complete an online application.
Prospective students are encouraged to meet with an education advisor and/or attend an orientation session in the most convenient regional location to review admission requirements and determine the best plan of study.
- Full admissions criteria
- Cost and financial aid information
You will need:
- Passing scores on the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) reading and writing exam plus Praxis Core math OR exemption from admissions testing with qualifying SAT or ACT scores
- A personal statement telling us why you are interested in teaching
- Official college transcripts (Please note: a minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required)
- Two letters of recommendation
Sample PBTL Curriculum
previous coursework accepted
Since you already have a college degree, you may already have finished several of the general requirements. When you have completed your application, we will provide an individualized print-out of specific course requirements based on your transcript evaluation and desired endorsements. In the meantime, this list gives you a basic outline of what is required:
Arts and Humanities (4 courses, 12 sh including English Composition and Grammar, Communications, and electives)
Social Studies (4 courses, 12 sh. Course requirements vary based on level of licensure. A PBTL advisor will provide you a detailed list upon completion of a transcript analysis.)
Math and Natural Sciences (4 courses, 12 sh. Course requirements vary based on level of licensure. A PBTL advisor will provide you a detailed list upon completion of a transcript analysis.)
Computer Competency (1 course, 3 sh or demonstrated competency)
Human Growth and Development
Professional Studies in Education (up to 29 sh including Foundations of Education, Practicum, Understanding Exceptional Individuals, Diagnostic Teaching of Reading (PK-6), Content Area Reading (6-12 and 9-12), Teaching Methods, and Supervised Student Teaching. Course. Requirements vary based on level of licensure. A PBTL advisor will provide you a detailed list upon completion of a transcript analysis.)
- Special Education – General Curriculum (K-12)
- Elementary Education PK-6
- Art Education PK-12
- Foreign Language – French or Spanish PK-12
- Theatre Arts PK-12
- Middle Education 6-8
- Secondary Education 6-12
- biology, business, chemistry, earth science, English, math, physics, or social studies with college major in endorsement area
- English as a Second Language (available as an “add-on” endorsement or concurrently with another endorsement of the student’s choice)
- Mathematics – Algebra I (available as an “add-on” endorsement or concurrently with another endorsement of the student’s choice)