Academic programs
Certificate in Teaching

The post-baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching program is designed for students with bachelor’s degrees in fields other than education that wish to become teachers in secondary schools and for whom a master’s degree is not a priority.

The certificate offers a choice of six different concentrations (biology, chemistry, English, History/social studies, mathematics and physics), and applicants must have a major or its equivalent in the concentration they wish to pursue.

Additional coursework

Some concentrations of the Certificate in Teaching, such as the history/social studies education concentration and the secondary science concentrations (biology education, chemistry education and physics education), require extra coursework in order to teach in Virginia.

For more information about the additional requirements for these areas, please contact the concentration coordinator or select the appropriate link below:

Curriculum information

To see the degree requirements for a specific program concentration, please click the appropriate VCU Bulletins link below:

Please keep in mind, however, that the exact course requirements may vary depending on when you matriculated into the program, so please consult your adviser or the program coordinator with any additional questions.

Contact us

For more information, please contact:

For general certificate inquiries
Julie Gorlewski, Ph.D.
Associate professor and department chair, Department of Teaching and Learning
Phone: (804) 828-1305
Email: jagorlewski@vcu.edu

For biology education, chemistry education or physics education concentration inquiries
Elizabeth Edmondson, Ph.D.
Project director, VISTA
Phone: (804) 828-1305
Email: ewedmondson@vcu.edu

For English education concentration inquiries
Ross Collin, Ph.D.
Assistant professor, Department of Teaching and Learning
Phone: (804) 828-1305
Email: rcollin@vcu.edu

For history/social studies education concentration inquiries
Gabriel Reich, Ph.D.
Associate professor, Department of Teaching and Learning
Phone: (804) 828-1305
Email: greich@vcu.edu

For mathematics education concentration inquiries
Elizabeth Edmondson, Ph.D
Project director, VISTA
Phone: (804) 828-1305
Email: ewedmondson@vcu.edu